Vivanta by Taj at Bekal, Kerala - Hotel Review

Vivanta by Taj

Taj group of hotels in India were started wayback in 1903 and are famous for hospitality and good management throughout Asia and overseas.

Located in the prime sites of the country, the synonyms for Taj hotels are warmth, cordiality and luxury.

The Taj group has hotels in cities, beaches, hill stations, historical and pilgrim centres and wildlife destinations.

Taj hotels are known for their modern amenities and business facilities. 


The cottages in "Kettuvallam" style at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala

The cottages in "Kettuvallam" style at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala
The cottages in "Kettuvallam" style at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala | Source
The cottages in "Kettuvallam" style at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala
The cottages in "Kettuvallam" style at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala | Source

Our stay at Vivanta by Taj at Bekal, Kerala

I had to be on a short business tour for two days to northern Kerala. It was actually a dream come true for me and my family to roam around northern Kerala. We were looking for accommodation and came across Vivanta by Taj at Bekal. The hotel is very stylish and sophisticated.


Reception at Vivanta by Taj

As we drove in, I realised we were entering into a different world. A beautiful pond with lilies and fountains in lobby welcomes you. The location is very calm and serene. The external appearance of this Taj hotel is truly amazing and on first entry it gave me a feeling that I have gone ages back into history. Unlike my other hotel experiences, the staff at front desk were cheerful and very welcoming. After check in, a staff took us to the rooms in a buggy. The view of the cottages was quite striking and different.


Rooms at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

The internal appearance of the rooms at this Taj hotel is also very appealing. All fittings in the room are modern. The bathroom is huge with a beautiful king size tub. On entry to the bathroom, there is a walk in shower beside the bathtub. There is a small covered balcony which has an open shower. There are huge wooden windows with art between the room and the bathroom. Bathroom is big and cleanliness is maintained. Room is cleaned every day and fruits, toiletries and minibar are replenished every day.


Our room had another balcony with a swing. The view from the balcony of this Taj hotel is stunning. From our room we could see backwaters which flows by, where the guests go for kayaking. The opposite side of the backwaters is full of greenery right now and is very relaxing and calm. This Taj hotel in Kerala has taken advantage of the natural beauty of Kerala while designing the entire property.


Beautiful lotus pond at the reception of Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala

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Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

The spa at Taj is quite big and it has many different facilities like massages, wraps and scrubs, aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, foot massage, yoga, meditation and different types of Ayurveda treatments. For all these treatments, they claim to use products made from natural ingredients.

You will experience tranquillity through these treatments and they are definitely proven ways to promote wellness and health. The ambience of the Jiva spa at Taj hotel is very satisfying. The employees here are very friendly, informal and proactive in taking care of you. It is a really calming experience.


Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

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Kayaking at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

Kayaking is done in backwaters flowing by the side of the Taj hotel and it is a very beautiful experience. Here we do self-propulsion in a small boat where two people can sit. You can take strokes in the water using paddles and learn the technique quickly.

While paddling you feel really connected to water and nature. Life jacket is provided by the guards. In case if any one requires assistance, guards accompany them in another boat. You can reach the beach in a kayak. Kayaking here is really safe and a pleasurable experience.

Kayaking at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala

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Food at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

I liked the food at the Taj restaurant and I must say it is not only the cooking, but the cheerfulness of the chefs that make the difference here. Chefs will be in touch with each of the guests and will be asking whether they want to cook any thing for us specially. The chefs are ready to cook something for you every day. The Sāmbhar for the breakfast and the different types of pickles were remarkable. We also enjoyed continental breakfast buffet which had cornflakes, bread, croissants, muffins and freshly sliced fruit platter, freshly brewed coffee and tea and fresh juices. Latitude is the name of the Taj restaurant here. On request the food is served at the pavilion overlooking the backwaters and even at the beach.


Lotus pond at Vivanta byTaj, Bekal

Beach near Vivanta by Taj, Bekal

The beach here is a private beach maintained by the Taj hotel at Bekal. The beach is magnificent. But the people at Taj may alert you about the strong tides and winds if you want to go for swimming. Because of the uneven seafloor, the waves here are very strong and may come and hit you like a strong wall. There are beds for sunbathing provided by Taj. The beach is a beautiful place to watch the sunset and the night sky.


Vivanta By Taj Bekal Kerala

Nearby places to visit at Bekal, Kerala

Bekal Fort - It is spread over about 25 acres of land which was built around 300 years old and was built by the then King Shivappu Nayak. The fort has beautiful patches of lawn and a breath taking view of the Arabian Sea.

Ananthapura temple - This is a beautiful lake temple which is around 15 km from the Taj hotel. The temple is the moolasthana (original seat) of Sree Padmanabha. The temple has a crocodile in the lake which is called “Babia”. The temple is around 3000 years old and is a must see. This temple though very near to the taj hotel has been untouched by tourists. Vehicle for the trip to Bekal fort and Ananthapura temple may be arranged from the Taj.


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A memorable stay at Vivanta by Taj, Bekal, Kerala

The cool and informal attitude of the employees and charming and pleasant hospitality make you feel very wanted and at home. The staffs whom you come across the premises of the Taj hotel greet you every time with a smiling face. I was amazed at the attitude of employess taking one extra step to enquire about the stay and I would say that their efforts made my stay at Vivanta by Taj memorable.


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thumbi7 16 months ago from India Author

Hi Rota

Thanks for the visit and nice comment


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Rota 16 months ago

What a great review. Really wonderful how many photos you have for this article. Good staff at a hotel can make the difference between an ok stay and a great one.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi DDE

Thanks for the comment


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A well presented hub with great photos and sounds a wonderful idea to visit and experience another adventure


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Au fait

Thanks for the comment


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Excellent photos! I especially like the one of the beach where people go kayaking. This looks like a wonderful place to relax and get rested up.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi suzettenaples

I am glad that you enjoyed the hub. I still cannot forget the days we stayed in this hotel. It was very relaxing.

Thanks for the visit and comment


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful, beautiful hub. Your presentation is flawless! Thank you for this article on Taj hotels. I hope to visit India someday and now I now a good hotel to stay in on a visit there. This article is informative and interesting and your photos are gorgeous. Thank you so much for such an informative article and for sharing your experience.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi

Thanks for the visit


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Thumbi,

Excellent write up with excellent photos. Could you please give some details about your camera. Keep on writing. All the best.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi lindacee,

I am glad that you liked this hub

Thanks for the visit


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

What a beautiful hotel! Your photos and descriptions make me feel as though I've taken a mini-holiday! Thank you so much for sharing this gem of a resort! :)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi DDE

Thanks for the visit


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Looks and sounds awesome


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi maheshtcr1

Thanks for the visit


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Cyndi 10

Thanks for the compliment


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Brett. Tesol

We really had good time here. It was totally different from my previous hotel experiences.

Thanks for the visit


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

You certainly make a reader want to visit. Great details. Lovely write up! Voted up.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I bet you had a great time, looks stunning. I know what you mean about the staff, having sociable happy staff (including the cooks etc) makes a MASSIVE difference to the feel of a place!

Shared, up, awesome and interesting!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Radhika,

This hotel is indeed very beautiful and the best place to run away from our daily chaotic life

Thanks for visiting:)


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Vivanta by Taj's 'kettuvallom' model architecture adds to the scenic beauty of Bekal. Morning times would get cheered up by gazing at this lotus pond too. Nice write-up.

Up and beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@anusujith,

I have given a link to the hotel's site.

They have some packages and offers.

Thanks for the visit.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@wewillmake

Thanks for the visit


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Good informative hub. I would like to know about the daily rentals for suites.


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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

Ya its really awesome and wonderful.. I love to see it and want to stay there sometime... Nice hub.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi ishwaryaa22

Me and my husband like travelling and stayed in many hotels.

But this was very different from my other hotel experiences. It was truly charming.

Thanks for your visit


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

The last time I visited Kerala, I was a baby. After that, I had hardly visited this state. After reading this hub made me want to visit Kerala and check out this hotel. Thank you for writing this informative hub.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful. Voted up.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi dinkan53,

This resort stands out

The beauty is that the place is not overcrowded by tourists yet.

Thanks for the visit:)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

In south of Kerala is also flourished with lot of beautiful resorts. This one is fantastic with cottages made of Kettuvallam style. These pictures are so beautiful making the resort attractive and inviting. Rated your hub as beautiful.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi cardelean,

This Taj hotel is spectacular and I had the most comfortable hotel stay here.

Thanks for your visit:)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Although I doubt I will ever make it out that way, I enjoyed the virtual trip that you have shared. The hotel looks beautiful and very inviting. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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