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
Staffs are exceptionally great . Hotel is lovely & peaceful. GLAWICE LEWIS offered a great service !!
The entire hotel is great . Need to visit more often . And it’s a
TAJ , name says it all ! Spa treatment has to be on your list .
Beautiful resort on the backwaters with the beach just 100mts away, hospitality at it's best. The staff is cheerful,polite, Courteous & serve you promptly with a smile.Rooms are well appointed and the food is amazing. Don't miss their buffet breakfast & buffet dinner. You can't ask for more if looking for a peacefu & enjoyable vacation.
The property is really good with access to the beach , A wnderful location to relax and spend time walking in and around the premises, The view from Chandragiri fort & Bekal fort is amazing if you really want to sweat it out
Had always heard about Taj Hospitality, This time got an opportunity to experience it and I would like to say that it's rightly said that Taj provides unmatched experience. Nice peaceful big property with private beach and backwaters.
Experiences with Taj
1.We were provided early check-in and late check-out on request without hassle subject to availability.
2.Private pool, bed Julla and backwaters view were some of the best part of our room.
3. Not to miss in Taj Bekal is the yoga session by Sudeep. Yoga technic and flow by sudeep was so amazing and peaceful that we would like to visit Taj Bekal for yoga sessions specifically.
4. Lot of other daily activities and facilities provided by Taj so you never get bored.
Overall it was an amazing experience and would definitely refer for honeymoon couple.
Gaurav and his team ....simply Great.
A memorable family trips. Right from check in to check out, everything is well planned.
Gazibo dining,Bamboo raft experience just awesome.
Definitely recommend to others to enjoy this hidden Gem of Taj.