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“More lake than beach resort”

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Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort
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Warsaw
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7 reviews
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“More lake than beach resort”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

I spent two weeks in this resort in March 2012. Traveled first time to Kerala with the intention to spend two weeks on the beach and take ayrvedic treatment at the same time. When I woke up the next day after arrival and saw a breathtaking view of the nearby beach and a surrounding lake my first impulse was to run to the beach and soak in salty water. And then I realized that getting to the beach was more tricky than I thought. I am a sea person and love swimming, walking on the beach and just looking into the waves makes me peaceful and serene. And that is what hotel management writes in their leaflet " On the other side, a secluded expanse of beach, stretching 8 kms to the lively resort of Kovalam". What they forgot to mention is that to get to the beach you must first take a boat which takes you within 5 minutes to another side where the restaurant is located. You have to leave the resort area, open the gate that leads to an area with lots of rubbish, dilapidated buildings and local fishermen huts, go through a rugged terrain, cross a few yards, climb rocks and eventually reach the beach. Swimming is virtually impossible because of huge waves and almost on every occasion I was accompanied by groups of local teenagers who seem harmless, but do not leave you alone event for a second. The beach is separated from the resort by a stretch of lake waters you do not want to swim in. On the third day I decided to take a riksha and for 200 rupees one way I was taken to the Kovalam beach (10 minutes drive) for absolutely marvellous swimming and relaxation. To be fair, it is worth stressing that this resort offers a high quality ayurvedic treatment, masseurs are fantastic and professional, rooms are clean and service very good. However, the area within the resort is quite compact and you can either sit at the swimming pool, at your balcony, or cross the lake by a boat and sit in the restaurant. I definitely would recommend this resort for ayurvedic treatment, but not for those who love waking up and going barefoot to the beach for a morning swim.

Room Tip: Best rooms are in the main building (three floors). i would not take the rooms around the swimming p...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Just goin thru tripadvisor & reading bad reviews of this place is surprising !! For folks who r new in India , it can be a cultural change but if you go wid right attitude & bookings , its a cheap & very gud place to be in.M gonna list down wht u can expect frm dis resort

I come to this hotel every Season & it constantly astonishes me for so many years.Everytime there is a new progression , new personnel, some extras,new tourists but the Resort has continued to be the same.I normally book from Antilog Vacations which are a Kerala professional & provide a comperehensive program comprehensive of Car, Touring etc cheaper than wht resort offers.

Excellency

1) Hygiene is a belief.I bet its cleanser than most hotels in India.
2) Ayurvedic Spa is a high-class.The legitimate Oil, Fantastic Masseurs ,Relax treatments one of the best.
3) Fantastic & Inexpensive Meals begins 500 inr.Advisable to take an MAP strategy though rather than purchasing the same food at high costs.
4) very fast assistance.There are 20 odd rooms & no assistance issues.
5) Conventional Elegant is a little area behind reception, Take the best valued area fr ur room.Its cost is greater but best located for you to get a better sunlight & larger locations.
6) very varied and developing and a minimal overall look.Feel of Kerala lifestyle here.
7) Hot water Regularly & Bathrooms are a specialty here.Go Experience it.lemme not play the spoiler here
8) An outstanding Share . Awesome External & a good cleaning.They r experienced with British , europeans & it’s a unusual factor in Indian seeing housekeepers discussing european cultures.
9) Ask fr Kerala Veg food, its delicious nd prepared in coco oil
10) You never need any AC here

Disappointing

1) The Seaside outside is not good for swimming.Polluted and swarmed.
2) Beinga Seaside residence anticipate few bugs & Animals despite all care


Suggestions

1) Always book through a Kerala travel agent.They give u reductions & have marketing with Resort people so u get better locations.I discovered Antilog Holidays solutions perfect.They r cheap,honest & gud.

2) Take a complete 29 day Ayurveda therapy.If u cant manage that, be here fr at least 6-7 times.It is recommended to publication a Cab 24/7.Never take the taxi frm residents, they r expensive nd not reliable.Book everything in progress.

The best Ayurveda Resort of Kerala,in my opinion

Room Tip: As i said rooms which are in good areas facing sun are very good
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We were happy to have a car to take us to the hidden "resort", but that was the end of our anticipated great experience. The room we were shown to was no bigger than a closet, the bed stuck in the corner, a tiny window at shoulder level with a "view" to a high wall, no sitting area, no bath tub. It could certainly not be called a deluxe room!The water nearby was indeed smelly.We retuned to reception to ask for another room, even if we had to pay a bit more. They claimed that this was the room we had booked. Finally we were able to arrange a wonderful hotel nearby, through a very helpful booking agent in London. We were very happy to get out of that strange place.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2012 via mobile

Hi all, this review is based on my own experience and is my genuine opinion of this hotel..I stayed there almost 5 fabulous days at beach and lake resort...the views and scenery that I had experienced over there are to die for and the tranquility is wonderful...had fantastic sunny weather, experienced the real taste of Kerala through their homemade food and had experienced a homely atmosphere even I'm far away from my home..those who want total peace,..soul touching treatments, complete relaxation, good food and to wake up our senses..this is the place to stay..close to nature, quiet surrounding and village hardly push us to leave back from such a beautiful retreat..and moreover I would like to say thank you for all those staffs who are very much keen to provide the excellent food and table service was just the right one..they all were so polite in character and service too..if I coul give six or more stars ,then I would..bcoz of its beyond excellence!...go here for an escape from stress and to unplug for a while, most guest we met were there for a week and the hotel prides itself on tranquility..that was my those days and it continued on with high marks : on rooms, bathroom, breakfast,inner,wine, ambience. If driving,,...I suggest you people to opt for beach and lake resort..

Stayed March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

I booked this Hotel after checking on Trip Advisor as showing the No.1 place to stay in the Kovlum area. I called the Hotel in advance that my wife is unable to climb any steps was assured that no problem as I will be given a room on the grounfd floor. On arrival found to enter the Hotel 3 steps to climb which was aproblem. In the room no hot water had to ask the reception to turn the hot water on each time. The bathroom hot water tap broken the toilet paper holder kept falling off the wall. Once in the room the other way out was by the back of room via the balcony and 3 more steps to encounter. My wife unable to go to the restruantant as one had to go on a boat like a gondela to get to the boat a total of 6 steps on each side of the water. This place is not dibale freindely at all. When going to have the tratment the table was too high and no way of geting on to the table for treatment.

As far as food goes on the menu showing bacon but not avilable. Lobestor not avilabe. The place has no access to the beach unless you are able to climb a wall of 5 feet after going through the back of the Hotel through bushes and filth,

We had to cut our holiday short and left 2 days early as the food was treible at the hotel.

Room Tip: do not go to this hotel unless you are fully fit and able to do stairs.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort
Address: Pozhikkara Beach, Pachalloor P.O | Pachalloor, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) 695027, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
#4 Best Value Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Price range (per night): $30 - $89
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach and Lake is a privately owned Ayurvdedic Resort, 8 kms south from Trivandrum International airport and 4 kms north of Kovalam beach. It's nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Parvathiputhanar, Karamana rivers, situated on an island, blessed by nature. This tranquil oasis is an excellent hideaway with the peaceful and comfortable surroundings, the stunning scenery, homely and attentive service, Ayurvedic therapy, Yoga and Meditation etc. Ayurveda is a health science, the oldest and most complete healing system known today. ... more   less 
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