Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
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... The taxi man approached us multiple times as we were in the queue reducing his price to around 500 rupees and saying that he was cheaper. In the end the pre-paid rickshaw only cost us 194 rupees- a saving of about 4.50gbp.
So, we knew we had to make it to Mumbai in time for our flight. From Kerala this would have been a 30 plus hour train journey so we decided to split this up with a 1 night stopover in Goa and hopefully some quality beach time.
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... t I take a tuk tuk. Sounds tempting. So off I head towards tuk tuk, about 2 hours. On the way we stop at a church, the beach, Chinese fishing nets and see a procession as well. It was worth going by tuk tuk. Finding the new guest house was a bit tricky, so my driver rang them and they came to guide us to the house. The guest house Is run by a lovely family who have 3 rooms for home stay. I head out for lunch, heading towards ...
... train is cancelled, vandalism apparently. It has only just happened, so my well planned rail delay alert hadn't even had time to be activated. Rang local taxis "no sorry, all our taxis are doing school runs, you will be lucky to find one before nine " Back home, brain whirring for ideas, Jim knows that I am racking my brain for solutions, I won't be beaten, he makes the coffee, when we get the internet back on, I have computer, tablet ...
... but believe me it is indeed better without food) 8:30 yoga beginners. What our teacher promised us in the beginning was not only a vacation but change and detoxication. I secretly called him a bit crazy and out of his mind. How would he know?but I have to admit, he was right. 4 hours of yoga did not only change my body (flexgirl is totally back) but the breathing exercises let me take in more air than ever in my life. The detoxification happens fist in the body. Then the ...
... routine as normal, with a new crew to wake up, I normally call people's names individually to wake them up. I think I have got everyone's name but I still haven't quite sussed out which bed they are in. Final few bits of laundry, then not so much for me to do, the voyage crew had there final talks and training - evacuation drills and hands aloft. I finished my bits and pieces and spoke to an admiral who came ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vivanta by Taj - Malabar Kochi
This is probably the best value for money hotel that I have ever stayed in and I have stayed in many five star hotels around the world. It is in a terrific location overlooking the sea/lake and Fort Cochin. The level of service and comfort is absolutely spot on without being overfussy. Fantastic swimming pool (see photo)and first class food at realistic prices.
Very nice hotel with lovely views from the pool area, many rooms (not ours) and some restaurants. We had a huge room in the older wing which we loved because of all the old wood and antique accents. The bed was very comfortable, clean and the service was wonderful. We loved the location as it was a little removed from the noise, dirt, and craziness of downtown Kochin. If you want the city, you can take the powerboat over and get picked up as well or take a rickshaw (less amusing). Their sunset cruises were enjoyable, the pool is clean and nice and the massage in their sauna area one of the best I had in India. The food was average compared to the rest of India and other hotels we stayed or dined at including Oberoi (mumbai), Taj Palace (mumbai) and Grand Hyatt (mumbai) and Imperial (New Delhi). Overall I found it to be a very nice experience.
I stayed at the Taj malabar for one night in late November. It is a great hotel. Being on Willingdon Island and right on the water gives it a nice serenity. The heritage wing of the hotel where we stayed has a lovely atmosphere. Our rooms were very clean and comfortable with nice furniture and a comfortable bed. Although Fort Cochin is a 15 minute drive away, it is easy and cheap to get a car to take you anywhere in Cochin, or you could be there in 5 minuts if you go by water. Highly recommended and better value than the other luxury hotels in Cochin such as Brunton's Boatyard which was grossly expensive and not as good as the Taj.
Excellent hotel, wished I had spent longer.
Everyone in this hotel smiles. It is a pleasure to be in it. The room we had - a sunset view - was very good, with great view, even from the bathroom. We could look at the fishing nets without leaving the chaise lounge by the window. The hotel has three restuarants, of which Pepper serves wonderful local food. The bar is relaxing, although a large back projection TV with constant cricket may annoy some. The location by the water is away from the town, which means you may take a ferry to the mainland (5 mins walk) or a taxi to get to other places. The solitude gives the hotel a cleanliess by being away from the towns and the swing overlooking the water is tranquility itself. Another hotel we look forward to going back to.
Really bad location for everything--usual Taj standards
The Taj Malabar is not near anything in Cochin--inevitably, you'll have to take a car to get anywhere--and traffic is pretty heavy. So, if you sightsee and shop, and want to stop in your hotel to change, you picked the wrong place.
My wife and I stayed for 5 nights at the beginning of November 2005.
We visited Cochin in October and were unsure of where to stay - we knew of this hotel, the Brunton Boatyard and the Malabar House Hotels.
Spent 2 weeks travelling round India in Taj Hotels and this was one of my favorites. Cannot fault anything really. Rooms are modern and spotless, It has excellent views, is well placed for jumping across to the Old town. The food was amazing, the infinity pool made for an excellent place to chill. Only bad expereince was being oversold a 1.5kg lobster for my wife and I which we just could not eat. We then did a backwater trip organised by the hotel. 1 and a half hours by speedboat to the Taj property at Kumakoran, and then transferred to the Rice boat for a 6 hour cruise to Allepey. We were glad we did not do the overnight on the boat as people we met said that it was just too hot in April and also the company the Taj uses does not provide the best boats for the overnight i.e. no AC just a crappy old fan
We stayed for 5 nights in a suite with a spectacular view of the waterways and Old Cochin. We watched traffic from tiny fishing canoes to large container ships ply the waterways. Access to Old Cochin by boat was easy, with the boatman picking us up pretty much wherever we wished for the return jouney. The room's elegant decor, mostly woods, was clean and appropriate for the climate. Service was good. There was a range of food: Western, Thai and India. The Kerelan food was a bit Westernized but the fresh seafood was terrific. (Note Kerelan food uses lots of coconut so beware if coconut is not your thing.) The free sunset cruise was worth doing. I understand that the dance program was good but missed it. Having developed a cold on the way to India, I particularly found the Taj Malabar a relaxing place to recover. Nice poolside, good room service.
Great experience and excellent service
It is great pleasure for me to utilize the oppertunity to write about my stay in Taj Malabar. It was great time I had spend in there and the service out there is above all the international standerds.