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“In heaven overlooking the back waters”

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Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Ranked #7 of 207 Hotels in Kochi (Cochin)
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Goa, India
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“In heaven overlooking the back waters”
Reviewed 6 April 2012

What a beautiful property, not too many rooms but fantastic views and an excellent service throughout. Located on the waterfront, the view from the room was amazing. The top floor suite has a large open veranda, a well appointed bedroom with an amazing bathroom and a sitting room to relax. There are also suites in the Old wing which are very pleasant as you are at tree level but the view is not so good.
Do not miss a meal at the Rice Boat which serves authentic Kerala seafood. A real pleasure to taste the food prepared by Chef Rasheed. He has researched the spices of Kerala for years and come up with the most delicious meal. We were fortunate to meet him.
Overall a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Top suites on 6th and 7th floor of the new wing
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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VincentRamos, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Sir,

Greetings from God's Own Country!!!

Thank you for the detailed positive comments.

We look forward to your next visit

and.....pssst....Chef Rasheed is choreographing a unique culinary duet for your welcome......

I would be happy to hear from you when you plan the next Kerala holiday on vincent.ramos@tajhotels.com

Regards
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Taj Malabar , now Vivanta is a beautiful property. Set right at the edge of Wellington Island, it gives a panoramic view of the lagoon opening out to the sea and spending the afternoon there, watching the ships go by is worth the visit itself (and the price, I dare say). The property is also large, with an excellent infinity pool and spa. There is a heritage wing and a "new wing". Both are nice, and I would unhesitatingly recommend a room in either as long as it faces the sea.

Fort Cochin, where most of the historical sites are located, is just a boat ride away. Taj organises for trips if you want, but using the local water transport department boats (the jetty is just a short walk away) is way more charming an experience. The boats are clean, safe, delightfully noisy and its always interesting to ride with the locals along with their wares, bicycle et al.

The only caution I would recommend in the property is to stick to the "new wing" if you have special needs, have limited mobility or are travelling with toddlers on prams. The elevators dont reach the old wing and you have to walk across "levels" through 3-4 step staircases.

In all, a good, if somewhat expensive, experience.

Room Tip: Choose the new wing if you have special needs, have limited mobility or are travelling with toddlers...
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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VincentRamos, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Sir,

Greetings from the Queen of the Arabian Sea!!!

Thank you for the thoughful comments.

We are constantly inspired ti innovate by the young children who visit us.Be it :

"Infant Menu" to encourage their desire to learn to make choices.
"My World" at the Recreation Room- a homeground for creative geniuses
  "World Traveler"- Picture postcard Activity- a serious attempt at back- to- basics in
today's cyber world    
  "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..tales"- a hopeful adieu to adventurous daylight!

It would be our honour to offer all assistance to our guest who may face a physical challenge, from the airport onwards. Our specially designed room would facilitate ease of movement.

I would be happy to help. Do contact me at vincent.ramos@tajhotels.com.

Regards
Vincent
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Reviewed 3 April 2012 via mobile

If you can afford it in your trip to Kerala, go for it. Anytime I come to Cochin for business or leisure, I try to book at the Vivanta Taj Malabar. Not easy to reach but once there, you will feel the old clonial british atmosphere which is very present. Quality hotel, good rooms (ask for sea view), nice pool and excellent breakfast. On week end you can enjoy local danse show. Believe me, no hesitation, the best in Cochin/Kochi.
Room 410 (or any other corner room) is a good choice. Don't get a room in the old aisle.

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VincentRamos, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Dear Sir,

Greetings from Kerala!!

Thank you for the great comment.

I do hope on your next visit, you could join us for the high tea, the sunset cruise, followed by the cultural programme (a diiferent one every day).

Regards

Vincent
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Noida, India
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights & had a wonderful experience.... the staff is very hospitable & courteous.... the open grill restuarant over looking the river side is quite nice..... u get grilled sea food & chicken in choice of your sauce & a huge spread of desserts as well.... there is one thai resturant as well apart from all day dining option........

The rooms are not too huge, but decent for its price...... the swimming pool is not too big, but nice as it over looks the river........

I also had an experience in the JIVA Spa & its an amazing, must do experience..... worth its money.......

Overall, had good 3 days & warm staff to take care......

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

We stay here for two nights in heritage wing, it was AWESOME experience, the hospitallity of staff , warm welcome and very soft spoken staff ...Every thins is excellent in this hotel. I advice to every body if u come kochi then stay here....

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

we just return from a trip to Dubai and india we stays 3 nights in vivanta taj a real India experience one of a few 5 stars hotel in cochin, the staff is very nice and look very fast on all your request they will pick you up at the airport for a about 40 dollars the hotel is about 45 minutes away and driving in India is very different and wild its worth the cost .the location is a bit of but in cochin its nice to be out of the downtown area with all the noise and pollution

Room Tip: the tower rooms are better spedialy higher floors corner room give a nicer view
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

As the hotel we stayed in for the last 3 days of our Honeymoon, it really was an excellent choice to make. We got married in Pune, India, so took our honeymoon in Kerela split between this Vivanta and the one in Kovalam (See our other review for that one.)

The Kovalam hotel phoned ahead and informed the Malabar that we were on our honeymoon. The treatment/service we experienced was fantastic. However only bad thing I did find was when the girl showing us to our room stated 'we have upgraded you becasue you are on your honeymoon' and actually it was the suite we had already booked. It was kind of like she assumed we would never have paid for that suite ourselves! It was the second most luxurious one in the place but still... Ouch! That aside the staff really were fantastic. Little treats and things to celebrate our honeymoon. (See photos)

Food was lovely. It was nice to eat in the Thai restaurant as having been in India for 3 weeks we were stuffed to the brim with Indian food! It was delicous. We ate in another restaruant the following night and the waiter/chef who served us told me he could make me whatever I wanted as I faniced something that they didnt serve on the menu. Fantastic! Was really yummy too. Each morning we had an excursion and never took breakfast as it was too early... And each morning the conceirge ran after us with boxes of food to eat on the way! Lovely man.

I would definitly recommend this hotel to anyone. The food was great, the hotel was beautiful. The pool was really nice (little chilly) as was the poolside bar. However, it is the service that sells the place. For example we ordered room service one night after a tiring day and they bought a whole table and set it up for us in our living room! Crazy but really nice.

*A must do is the elephant training camp where you can watch the hefalumps bathe. Lovely exerience.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Address: | Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
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Region: India > Kerala > Kochi (Cochin)
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#2 Business Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Spa Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Family Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kochi (Cochin)
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more   less 
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