Vivanta by Taj – Green Cove, Kovalam
What We Love
- A short stroll to Vizhinjam Beach and the adjacent lagoon
- Three restaurants for Indian cuisine, international dishes and seafood
- Sweeping sea views from the alfresco Jacuzzi at Jiva Spa
What To Know
- Premium Temptation Suites come with a private lap pool
- The fitness center is open 24 hours a day
- Babysitting services available on request
- Free WiFi for up to two (or otherwise) devices?
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On a verdant hillside, the Vivanta by Taj Kovalam Kerala is an immaculate lagoonside property with spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. Swaying palms, tropical flowers and tinkling fountains set the scene for the 59 Balinese-style cottages, which feature thatch roofs, colonial-style furniture and private balconies. The bathrooms are suitably swish, with mosaic tile walls, oversize tubs and Forest Essentials toiletries. When it comes to dining, there are tons of excellent options. Try Indian specialties at Curries, seafood dishes -including wood-fired red snapper and mango shrimp curry – at the property’s beachside restaurant, Bait, or international options at Jasmine Bay. Relax with a poolside sundowner and enjoy the sea views at the Neera bar. And don’t leave without visiting the Jiva Spa; the Plantain Leaf Body Wrap is a house speciality.
In the Area
Float down the estuary on a backwater adventure; you’ll pass giant palms, spice plantations and coconut groves. Then stop at the tranquil village of Poovar to join a Keralan cooking class or kick back at Poovar Beach, an idyllic stretch of golden sand rarely visited by tourists. For the best local handicrafts, head to the nearby Kovalam market to shop for quality sarongs, teak statues, carpets and jewelry.
How to Get There
My Nan and I did a tour of Kerala with a travel agent then booked a relaxing stay for the end of the trip at Taj Green Cove. As soon as we arrived we felt welcome and the staff created a lovely atmosphere. There were fresh flowers everywhere which is a beautiful touch.
The room was spotlessly clean with all the amenities. I really enjoyed having the bath and the shower. The toiletries provided are very high quality and smell amazing. The grounds of the hotel are completely breath taking, lots of wonderful greenery. The seaside restaurant has a lovely view of both the sea and the lagoon behind, which you can ride on by boat. The pool, jacuzzi and plunge pool are all clean and we thoroughly enjoyed using them.
The food at the hotel was exceptional for every meal, such a wide variety of food. The food was all cooked fresh and used a lot of local ingredients. The traditional Indian dishes were very good but there are also westernised dishes available which were very tasty too.
The staff were so accommodating and made the trip luxurious for us. We felt spoilt and well treated, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and kind. Thank you for making our trip so memorable and such an incredible experience. Particularly Sudheer, Sunny, Vishnu, Nikki and Pragati they went over and above and made us feel like royalty. The best hotel staff I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
When you go for vacation you always overstep your budget and book the best places,same mistake done by us on staying in Taj,a horrific experience Extreme happening,was given a room which was smelling of urine and after a lot of staff visited the room told us to take the room above it.The smell was tried to reduce by burning incense sticks in abundances. The urine drain was blocked and GM was not available for any sympathy or comments.No tea served,no toiletries in the room.Lunch time lapsed due to room errors.
A party was pre booked celebrating anniversary for 20 people which was confirmed earlier on phone but the last minute the same wasnot done and in the last minutes we had to shift to another place in the city.
NEVER EVER VISIT THIS TAJ PLACE
Beautiful hill top location overlooking the ocean, but with easy access to the beach. Nice pool private pool available in the club area with spectacular view. The rooms are nice, comfortable and have scenic balconies, but you can tell by the fixtures that the hotel has its years.
The beach is nice and the facilities near the beach provide all that one may require. This was a business trip, so I wish I had more time to enjoy and explore the surroundings.
If you have kids and wondering how you can manage their needs & engage them , rest assured you are in good hands at Taj green cove. They engage with kids very well , prepare custom foods in a fun way. For adults there are great opportunities to relax with their private lagoon & boat ride , high tea to meet other families , live western and Indian music , spa & gym. They also provide packed meals for day trips that are very handy. The staff & their hospitality is excellent. The breakfast local options are mouthwatering . Especially pudu, appam, peas & kadala curry. In all if you want to do site seeing in Trivandrum & yet want to unwind , Taj green cove is the place to be.
Brief Description: Ever imagined a perfect stay that redefines the meaning of Hospitality ? Come to Taj Green Cove Resort and experience defination of Indian Hospitality.
Location : 20- 25 Min Drive from Trivandrum Airport.
Property Type : Beach & Backwaters
Parking : Free Valet Parking available on site.
Room : We stayed at the sea view room and the plunge pool suite. Both rooms were spectacular. Very traditional but with all the modern amenities the rooms spacious and well lit.
Wifi : Free and works fine.
Service : Exceptional is the only word for service here. Smiling faces greet you everywhere. They never say 'NO' for anything. Housekeeping, Restaurant, Security, Reception Staff were very friendly. Special thanks to Sudheer, Mani, Nikki & many more (sorry cant recollect the names) who made our stay joyous.
Special Mention : The GM of this resort who was always amongst the guest asking about their wellbeing.
Resort Facilities/activities : The swimming pool is amazing - Infinity views of the ocean. Weenjoyed the jacuzzi plunge pools as well. The highlight of the activities was the high tea on the beach and the back water boat ride. The resort also offer mutiple restaurants to dine from. The classical live music during breakfast made our day.
Food : We tried their main restaurant and the Indian restaurant- both were fantastic. The taste was fabulous and the portion sizes were great.
Spa : The spa at the Taj hotels are always fabulous. I specially loved the waterfall area near the spa - made me totally relaxed and refreshed after a good massage.
Highlight for us : Though this resort is surrounded in greenery but it is mostly pest free. Special appreciation to the pest control team who contributes tremendously to make this resort such a treat.
Improvement Areas : Need more activities for the kids. Even the kids play area is old & moldy.
Overall : I can surely rate this as one of my best vacations. We just didnt wanna leave. Thanks to all the wonderful people at the Taj Green Cove. Hope i can return someday to get pampered again :)