Taj Bekal Resort & Spa, Kerala
What We Love
- Rooms inspired by traditional kettuvallam houseboats
- Stunning spa for modern and traditional ayurvedic services (a Kerala specialty)
- The Kappil River runs through the resort for fishing and boating
- Direct access to a hidden beach
What To Know
- A 12.5 percent luxury tax and a 7.42 percent service tax per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The resort is 50 miles from the Mangalore airport, and the drive (through villages and countryside) can sometimes take a few hours?
- The By the Bay restaurant is open only when the weather permits (it’s closed during monsoon season)
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
India-meets-Indonesia at this 26-acre resort, off the tourist trail in northwestern Kerala. The open-air walkways and pavilions, flower-filled courtyards, and alfresco dining areas celebrate the area’s natural beauty, and the low-slung buildings are inspired by local houseboats (many have thatch or curved roofs). The interiors range from traditional (dark woods, jewel tones) to contemporary (monochrome, colored lighting), but most of the action takes place outside: The Kappil River runs through the lush grounds, and there’s direct access to a private beach.
Bed and Bath
The 66 guestrooms vary in size and layout, but they all feature outdoor spaces with a daybed or a swing (some also come with interior courtyards, private plunge pools, fountains, and/or outdoor showers). The exteriors are inspired by traditional kettuvallam houseboats, while inside you’ll find bright, contemporary resort decor accented by fabrics and artwork from Bali as well as India. Amenities in all rooms include interactive flat-screen TVs with surround sound, natural Forest Essential bath products and walk-in showers.
Overlooking the Kappil River, the all-day Latitude restaurant serves regional dishes like fish steamed in banana leaves and multicourse thalis. The BBQ by the Pool is the place for freshly grilled fish and meat, while By the Bay offers local cuisine and sea views. Pair snacks and cocktails (infused with cloves, cardamom and coconut water) at the chic Ivory Bar. For active types there’s a large outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center and kayaking along the river. The excellent Jiva Spa, which is large for a resort of this size, offers ayurvedic massages, facials, and wraps using potent natural ingredients.
In the Area
Head to noted local sights such as the 17th-century Bekal Fort, a large complex complete with moats, tunnels and an observatory tower. Or spend a whole day at Thonikadavu, a private nature reserve where you can hike through forest and jungle to waterfalls, learn about the indigenous plant and flower life, and cool off with fresh coconut water. Other activities, such as cruising the backwaters around Valiyaparamba Island on a traditional houseboat, or visiting the local Kappil fishing village’s boisterous morning market, can be arranged through the resort.
How to Get There
Nice property on the beach. Secluded and still lively. Staff is friendly and helpful. Climate can be the only challenge during summer time but otherwise nice hotel with good food. Definitely worth going.
A beautiful and scenic resort. Stayed for 3d/2n. We had a nice welcome and smooth checkin process. Beautiful comfortable rooms with good space. Excellent hospitality and courteous staff all over, from reception to room service and in the restaurants. Kids friendly resort. There was a well equipped activity centre that keeps kids occupied. Well maintained clean beach. The walkways are neatly planned and we could enjoy long walks along the backwaters and the beach. Lovely gardens. The swing pool is a fun place to be and safe to take you kids with you. The restaurants served good food. Breakfast had a good spread. Kids loved the freshly prepared waffles and pancakes. We loved the aapam and mutton stew for dinner. One of the best we had. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and had an amazing experience.
The place is set up amidst backwaters and sea beach. Lovely room decor. A very unique and relaxing experience.
Beautiful rooms and villas
Natural beauty of the place - Lawns and the backwaters
Food and restaurant service can be better.
We felt at home
Hotel has fantastic facilities
And almost guest care by all staff
We njoyed all facilities it’s value for money .private beach experience was very nice evening tea near the lake was great
Excellent place for quality time with family. Beautiful surroundings and awesome food and very nice courteous staff. The beach is good but not advisable for swimming. Kayaking in the backwaters was fun though. The room with a pool was a perfect setting for our family to spend time together. Amazing Spa was an additional bonus to this trip .