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Turtle On The Beach
Ranked #6 of 50 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
“Pleasant stay”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The duplex rooms are nice and spacious. Hotel is not so old (5 years), so most facilities are up-to-date. The hotel restaurant also serves the breakfast (not outstanding). For the lunch and dinner you really need to look elsewhere. Most visitors take lunch and dinner at the Bait at Vivanta by Taj. But the offering of the Bait is for its price level not satisfactory. The good thing with Turtle on the beach is that it is on a walkable distance from the kovalam beach, where you can enjoy best local cuisine (you must try cafe de la mer in front of hotel Jeevan). Furthermore, staff is helpful, but sometimes doesn't understand what you mean, especially in the restaurant. The pool is nice. There is a table tennis and caremboard. That's about it. Oh, of course you can use the vaidyasala ayurveda which is around.

Room Tip: The duplex room is good for family. Easy for 5 people.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Helpful?
Thank Dhiraj D
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for staying with us at Turtle on The Beach on your recent visit to Kovalam.

With our beautiful property overlooking the Arabian Sea offering our guests magnificent vistas from the resort, we are committed to provide our guests with specialized services and the best facilities. Thus we are pleased to learn that our hospitality met your expectations while you were visiting us. However, on your next visit you can sample the culinary delights offered by us.

Thank you for your custom. We would like you to stay in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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Bangalore, India
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31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The view from the hotel is fantastic - you can actually enjoy the sea sitting right in the huge balconies that adjoins the sea facing rooms.
Rooms are very spacious and quite well appointed. Breakfast spread is also quite good. Overall the staff is quite courteous although the pool closes a bit early (8pm) and on one occasion they were actually quite reluctant to switch on the pool lights as early as 7.30 pm.

But mind you, the hotel is not on the beach.. there is no entrance to the beach from the hotel and there is a very steep narrow road beside the hotel which leads to the beach. The hotel has a drop to the beach till 6pm, but no pick up and climbing back from the beach can literally be an 'uphill' task especially if you have elders or babies accompanying.

Overall, a good property that I would recommend.

Room Tip: Take the sea facing rooms in the 4th floor for better unobstructed view - avoid taking room 401 as...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Saikat_DG
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for sharing the experience of your stay with us at Turtle on The Beach on this forum. We are glad to learn that you enjoyed the beautiful views of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea from our property. Your acknowledgement of the various aspects of our hospitality is heartening. However, we have noted the concerns you raised and steps will be taken in the best interest of our guests.

Thank you for your custom and for recommending us. We look forward to serve you again.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Stayed here for one day, good location. Friendly staffs. nice swimming pool. very clean hotel.
Arranging free transport for beach visit. No strict rules on check in / checkout timing, which is good for guests.

Improvement needed in food service.

Room Tip: Try to book sea view rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Helpful?
Thank JA P
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for sharing the feedback of your stay on this forum with us. We are heartened to know that you had a good experience while you were staying with us at Turtle on The Beach.

Your appreciation of the various aspects of our hospitality has been well received by us. Our associates are glad to know that they could add value to your stay. However, we have raised the issue of our kitchen services with the concerned department. I am sure on your next visit you will see a marked difference.

Thank you for your custom and for recommending us. We look forward to welcome you again.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Lovely hotel-very nice and well maintained rooms.
Worth a visit. Kerala is an amazing place.
A very helpful Gujarati boy on reception to make our stay enjoyable.
The food is amazing-excellent range of breakfast dinner and lunch.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Helpful?
Thank Asmita222
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing the wonderful review of your stay at Turtle on The Beach on this forum.

We are delighted to learn that you had a pleasant time at our resort. Your special mention of our accommodations, food spread etc has been conveyed to our associates. They are glad to have exceeded your expectations.

We thank you for your custom and would like you to stay in touch with us through Facebook and Twitter.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Stayed here for 2 days with family and enjoyed it throughout the stay. Everything worked well. We stayed in a large suite with a main bedroom and an attic. The bedroom had a king bed and a single bed and the same with the attic too. it had ample space for 6 adults. the rooms were clean and room service was responsive and provided additional towels etc. the resort has a medium size swimming pool. nothing great but it is nice too.
The restaurant food was quite nice and tasty. it was quite expensive though. average rupees 500/person.
the resort is on the side of a cliff overlooking the sea. most of the rooms had a balcony with a nice view. the beach access was far though. We were there during July which is off season and the sea was quite rough and not really able to get in the sea.
I did pay a little bit over the usual average because of last minute booking but otherwise stay was pleasant.
No wifi in room and need to pay for it , which is ridiculous considering wifi is available these days by default in most budget hotels.

Room Tip: fourth and third floor rooms have nice sea view
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Helpful?
Thank AravindBabu
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thank you for staying with us and for sharing your wonderful review.

We are pleased to know that you had a comfortable stay at our hotel and enjoyed our myriad facilities like our accommodations, swimming pool etc. It is our constant endeavor to provide our guests with warm hospitality, thus we are happy to know that we have been able achieve the same. However, we have noted your concern with your wifi. We will be bringing it up in our meetings and measures will be taken in the best interest of the guests.

Thank you for your recommendation and we look forward to your next visit.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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New Delhi, India
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509 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Stayed here for just a day. Truly a splendid and superb property. It starts with a very efficient, courteous and helpful desk. I landed up at the hotel at 9am knowing fully well that check in time is 12 noon or later. Room was not yet ready. I had to leave after a change for an urgent meeting. They handled the situation very efficiently and even though i offered to pay the differential charge for an upgrade they made this available without charge provided i check out next day morning as they had a group coming in. Aruna the person at the Reception did a great job in organising the room.in a warm and most efficient manner.This made it possible to start the day with a positive note; i know if this would not have been possible i would have has an awful day though no fault of the hotel.

If i say the Rooms are excellent it would be an understatement. Comfortable beds with superb woodwork on cieling replete with a wooden look fan.. Verandah outside the room is a perfect morning place for a cuppa tea. Pool area and restaurants are very nice, The breakfast spread is great. The chef made a Dosa, which is probably the best dosa i ever had, so light and oil free.

The entire hotel has some amazing wood sculptures and the open area on the reception floor overlooking the sea is another amazing place in the hotel.

As the name suggests turtle design, motifs and sculptures to be seen everywhere. Quite unique.

Overall a great place to stay; the efficient staff at all places, front desk, restaurants , room service are outstanding.

Sure to be back very soon

Room Tip: Obviously the Arabian sea facing preferably highest floor; extra price well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Helpful?
Thank SinghCzar
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time out to pen such a marvelous review about your stay experience at
Turtle on the Beach Kovalam.

Our team is delighted to know that you chose us for your sojourn in Kovalam and that you were
highly impressed by the accommodation, service and facilities of our hotel. Your praises have caught the quintessence of our hospitality and are inspirational for our associates. The Chef is happy that he was able to serve you with a Dosa which you consider as the best.

We thank you for your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you soon, hopefully for a longer stay next time.

Best Regards,
Karan Bakshi
Regional General Manager
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New Delhi, India
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Stayed at the Arabian sea view room for two nights. Loved the room and the balcony which has a beautiful sea view.

Good staff and their hospitality. Nice and calm place to stay. Perfect place to relax. I have stayed at Leela before and if you just compare the room, they are certainly better than Leela.

Restaurants menu needs a lot of improvement. Very limited options during non - lunch/ dinner hours. You just have an option to order a burger or a pizza.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • Service
Helpful?
Thank RohitRangroo
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KaranBakshi, General Manager at Turtle On The Beach, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for furnishing an insightful review about your excellent stay experience at Turtle on the Beach Kovalam.

Guest reviews have always been revealing our hospitality to the travel industry and your positive comments about the accommodation and location will let the fellow travelers know more about us. We are happy that the service surpassed your expectations and you consider us a perfect place to relax. Your views about our dining facilities have been noted and will be shared with kitchen team.

Thank you for raising this issue and we hope to please your taste buds on your next visit.
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Additional Information about Turtle On The Beach

Property: Turtle On The Beach
Address: ITDC Road, Kovalam 695527, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#6 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#8 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Turtle On The Beach 4.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
By blending the finest of art with the most sophisticated luxury, Turtle on the Beach brings about a new grammar in holidaying in this part of the world. You will find it unique in every way you look at it, either as a whole or in parts that make it a whole. And that makes Turtle on the Beach a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. ... more   less 
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