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
Superbly luxurious rooms and exemplary service. Gorgeous and well maintained property. Food that tastes great and is as close as possible to authentic taste. This property is a welcome break from the chaos of city life. The property, which is situated right on the backwaters, is filled with birdsong and butterflies and the sound of the waves crashing against the beach. We can't wait to get back.
Superb !! a single word to describe our experience at the resort, the hospitality is excellent. staff is simply amazing and courteous for whatever u ask for.talking about the property it has one of the best locations the backwaters, the beach and resort itself is simply beautiful.the play area for the kids an the activity center is so organised and amazing.The food we had at the backwater cafe was simply mouth watering.We had asked for pure jain food and it was properly taken care of our demand.
Taj Bekal is a gorgeous place. It’s a must visit for anyone who has the opportunity. An amazing value. The sacredness and tranquility of Kerala’s lush landscape and backwater rivers can be experienced here, as you are coddled in the lap of luxury.
The attention to detail in the aesthetics of the grounds is mindblowing. The spa is amazing. Ruth provided me a Vishram massage treatment which included hot herbal potlis. It was divine.
The resort arranged for us to take a nature trek which turned out to be a very special experience. Ratnu lead on us on a magical tour of his rainforest property. We swam in a waterfall and then were treated to a full Kerala sadhya by his family.
What I loved about Taj Bekal was that though it is a polished high end resort, the sweetness, authenticity and loving presence of the staff was as strong as if you were staying in a home stay. The restaurant staff was very attentive and helpful and the food was excellent.
All Taj hotels have great food, but the breadth of choice at the Backwater Cafe was staggering. Every meal was an indulgent feast. I loved that they served a wide variety of Kerala delicacies.
My only suggestion for this resort was to add to their cultural offerings. It’s such a beautiful grounds and would be a nice place to host musicians, dancers, theatrical performers, etc. The Taj hotels in Rajasthan have music and dance which takes the experience to another level.