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Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Stayed at UDS on 22nd and 23rd November 2013.

Positives –
- Check in process was smooth and front desk staff was really courteous.
- We were very well explained about the resort while on our way to the room
- The location is simply amazing.. almost a private beach.
- 3 swimming pools which assured that no place was too crowded.
- The ayur shala ( ayurvedic spa) was simply an amazing experience.
- The food was really nice. The Hyderabadi biryani at courtyard restaurant was one amongst the best I have ever had.
- Candle light dinner at the wave restaurant made the evening a perfect one.
- Small evening programs like, classical / fusion music, classical dance or karaoke night gives a nice experience.

Negatives of the stay –
- When we entered the room was slightly disappointed. the room was small.
- The tv was a very old model and above all not working and moreover it took 20 mins for the housekeeping staff to realize that there were no cell in the remote.
- There were no towels in the room and yet the staff took half an hour to arrange for them.
- The kettle in room was not working which took some 2 hours and 4 phone calls to be replaced.
- After the housekeeping staff did the cleaning ( which was not good), the ac also stopped working. The battery part of problem was resolved but not the cooling one.
- The bathroom is abruptly designed. No provision to hang hand towel and tissue holder was in batching area.

Overall a good option to stay as the location otherwise gave a positive feeling..

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Stayed here last week. Got a really good welcome by the hotel staff. But our opinion was that all the services are all a little partial towards Foreigners (Majority of the guests here are foreigners). Though we believe in 'Atithi Daivobhav', we also expect equal favours for everyone.

Vegetarian fare is just average. Can definitely improve on this.

Also, tried taking an appointment for Ayurveda massage. Didnt get one. The least a hotel can do is make arrangements for all its guests to avail of the services that they so proudly advertise.

The value of food for money - a total disappointment. We had to order 'Dal' thrice for a single portion of Steamed rice. Veg pasta was bland & the desserts on the dinner buffet were sad too.Ginger burnt fried rice & Kung pao vegetables was excellent.

The door locks are too complicated & the rooms can be better equipped. Bathtub should be added atleast.

The hotel has taken up a part of the beach as their private area but the reclining chairs that are put up here are separately chargeable too. They could have atleast kept it free for the guests who are anyways shelling out so much from their pockets.

Customer service - Just average. Had to call up thrice for room towels & then they ended up giving us beach towels.

Room cleaning takes an unusually looooong time. Also, music during dinner time can be a little less loud. The music is all that u can hear. You can just give up hopes of a dinnertime conversation

Overall, i would give it just a 3 outta 5. Wont want to stay here again!

Room Tip: They have seperate 'Sea View' & 'Sea Facing' rooms. The 'Sea facing' roo...
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

A warm and hospitable welcome by Udai Samudra team. Stayed for 2 nights days in Oct 2013. Nice stay comfortable. Took a Suite on the beach, enjoyed the stay. Good service, clean, taste food. A very specious room with balcony opening on the beach.
One of the best place if you really wanna relax and enjoy the beach. A Beautiful views for sunset.

Room Tip: Rooms on teh beach are really good. i would love to stay again there.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

we stayed the first two weeks November 13 the hotel is wonderful the staff could not do enough for us the food was good The pools are clean an the grounds are well kept it was so spacious an well cared for there was some updating going on but this did not spoil a thing if you want the true feel of India then head for this hotel an Kovalam we loved it it was a trip of a life time when we left some of staff came to see us off we want to go back soon

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

When we reached Kovalam the warm and hospitable welcome by Udai Samudra is unforgettable. it is located just next to the beach one must be looking for during his kerela trip. The hotel priovides one can imagine for and it includes the variety of food or the facilities and entertainment.
I will remeber the beach side walk and dinner just outside the hotel in the most romantic weather.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Just stayed for 1 night at this wonderful place in November'13 first week.
The reception itself has a grand feel to it which is precursor to what you can expect inside.
The rooms won't disappoint you as they are spacious and clean.
Room service has a decent menu and the highlight of the hotel is things you can do in the hotel.
There is a Ayurvedic Massage Centre ( not that very great massages is what my mom gave as a feedback) and there is Oxygen Wellness Spa as well for wraps and other massages.
There is a small shopping centre ( required mainly for foreigners ) and there is a access to the beach behind the hotel as well.
The highlight of the hotel has to be the 3 swimming pools... the one beside the Ayurvedic massage centre is open till 8 pm which is a big plus point.
The menu in the buffet breakfast and dinner is a good spread and has something for everybody. The best place to enjoy in the evening is by the second pool overlooking the beach where you can enjoy alcoholic beverage and for non alcoholics there is pot tea (very refreshing).
The gardens also need a special mention with overloaded coconut tress...There is no Wifi in the room which is a big problem as 3G is not available everywhere.
All in all a good place to relax and when bored with the hotel you can always head out to a lot of eateries around the hotel for a change of taste and little shopping as well.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

We were in Kovalam for 2 nights last week, we booked UDS as it looked very beautiful in pics that were available on the site. Here are the positives and negatives
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- Beautiful hotel
- 3 pools
- Right next to the Samudra beach (not Kovalam beach)
- Good food

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- we were alloted 2 rooms on second floor in the same wing where renovation was going on
- we checked in at 5 in the evening and the noise due to renovation was there till 8 in the evening
- next day it started again at 7, and after assurance from the front staff at 10 that the same has been stopped, we went to our rooms to sleep, but it was still on, so we had no option but to go out
- next day again it started at 8... not sure if it was a hotel we went to or a boarding school were they wanted the guests to get up early in the morning
- there were no towels in the washrooms when we checked in and even after requesting the hand towels were only given the next day
- in one of the rooms the towels were re-folded and kept again
- There was a bug in the room and we did click a picture of it. The house keeping came and sprayed Baygon spray, which left a very bad smell in the room and again we could not sleep
- Also, they have mutliple restaurants but the buffet breakfast is only of them, that meant that all the guests (they have around 200 rooms) had to manage in one restaurant, which led to shortage of food. They had just one toster, only one juice jug and it all looked very messy
- When we complained the above issues to the front staff they didn't take it seriously until we showed them the pic of the cockroach but even that had a little effect on them

If you really want to go to a hotel where you don't want to sleep or relax during your vacations, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hotel.

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Additional Information about Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa

Address: G V Raja Road | Samudra Beach, Kovalam 695527, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#4 Business Hotel in Kovalam
#8 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#11 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: £61 - £286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
UDS located at the famed beaches of Kovalam, just 15 meters from the sea, is an exclusive 4 Star leisure beach hotel& Spa - a destination by itself. The setting, facilities, people, spa, cuisine and its whole philosophy is dedicated to your personal wellness in a luxurious environment. Just by being at UDS-one of the finest hotels in kovalam, your stresses start to flutter away; the landscaping has its own serenity, a harmony of a defined architecture, spacious lawns, blue water pools and soaring coconut grooves all set in four tranquil acres by the sea. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Uday Samudra Beach Hotel
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Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa Kovalam, Kerala

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