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Thapovan Heritage Home
Ranked #17 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
Reviewed 15 January 2014

its perfectly located between kovalam and poovar island. Beach cottages make it perfect relaxing holiday...the place has its own private beach which is makes it more beautiful. its well known for its ayurvedic massage...that's excellent. All the staffs are really friendly and service oriented. The restaurant has a beautiful view. the cottage was huge with a small room for luggage etc. The restaurant also was good and the food was of the local cuisine.
Would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Andreas Heitmann, the German owner, is keen to ensure that each guest feels special. He greets each new arrival personally and ensures that everything runs smoothly.

We stayed in the Teak House on the upper level and it was wonderful to have breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the bay. The rooms are great (if a little dark inside) and the grounds are filled with a vast variety of flowers, including the host’s collection of orchids.

We went down to the lower level and enjoyed a full-body massage in the Ayurvedic Centre, one of the best in the area.

We were there for New Year and the entertainment that Andreas put on – classical dancing and a music concert – was very professional and was followed by a wonderful meal and fireworks on the beach.

A few warnings:

The undertow in the bay is the strongest that I have ever seen. I am a strong swimmer and thought I would be OK but, as I made my way back to shore, I was knocked over and winded.

In the week after Christmas, the local Catholic Church has a festival and blasts canned services/music out at a vast number of decibels from about 05.00 until 08.00 and again in the evening. On New Year’s night this went on until 02.00.

The tranquillity of the area will be destroyed by the building of a huge container port a few miles away. Despite protests, it seems likely that this will go ahead. Visit the place while you can and enjoy the benefits while you can.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

A complete serene place with a mix of Coconut Forest and Beautiful View of Arabian Sea. Authentic Ayurvedic massage aiming at a complete breakaway from the routine hectic life. Beach cottages make it perfect relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

first of all I will start by telling you a bit about the location of this place.....its perfectly located between kovalam and poovar island....so its quite easy for you to juggle between the two places....around 7 km away from kovalam and around 10 km away form poovar islands. ( by the way the best way to get around places is to hire a bike at kovalam). This place has its own private beach which is very clean and beautiful. The property as such is out of the world....maintained very well.....got a great feel. And not to forget...its well known for its ayurvedic massage......that's excellent....must try...!! Food I thought was a bit bland.....according to my taste buds.....but..overall ..if given a chance wouldn't mind going there a second time....no regrets at all!!

Room Tip: We stayed at the eagles nest category of room....great view of the beach from there....You could opt...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

I am really torn about this place. The environment and landscape is lovely ( beautiful gardens and beach side location), the food is great, the staff helpful and we had 2 excellent massages. But for me it was a disappointment. We had a beach cottage, one of the four directly adjacent to the beach. I found the room very dark and damp. It was good to be able to sit outside and watch the sea, but the room itself was not a pleasant place to be. And you do need to like the roar of the sea because it was really loud. I would have preferred a cottage further from the beach - these cottages seemed to be more spacious and had a huge verandah with views of the beach through the landscaped gardens. At the time we were there ( October 2013) the sea was very rough and there was no way you could safely swim there, but it was good to walk along the beach and to watch the fishers, and watch the sunset.
We were also disappointed about the lack of internet and phone connection at the beachside part of the hotel ( we walked up the steep hill to reception for internet and phone reception), but I can understand that some guests would like the peace and quiet and the fact that there was no internet or phone reception at the beach campus.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Thapovan is truly an oasis. It is located in a beautiful area, half an hour from Trivandrum, and it is a place of tranquilly, a place where guests can relax and unplug. It has a beautiful and authentic Ayurvedic medical center, where treatments are administered thoughtfully and with care. Dr. Anand is knowledgeable and prescribed effective treatments. Message therapists are also well trained and take the time to listen to patients. I spent three weeks at Thapovan in September 2013 and experienced various treatments. The meals were also good and kitchen and grounds staff members were all friendly and attentive to our requests.

But, in my opinion, the jewel of Thapovan is the yoga teacher, Santhosh. I have traveled in India before and had yoga classes in other locations, and I am currently taking yoga classes in New York, so that I am able to assess the qualities of a yoga master. Santhosh is a really fine yoga instructor and a very special human being. I did not expect such devotion to students and excellent knowledge of yoga as I experienced in his program. It would be well worth my time to go to Thapovan just for relaxation and tranquility and to have morning classes with Santhosh. His classes can exceed 2 hours, which is quite rare nowadays, and they helped me feel energized for the entire day. He includes pranayama and various yoga asanas and he patiently helped each of us during every asana. Not only were these good yoga classes, but also offered the benefit of his intelligent adjustments. Those who practice yoga know that this is quite rare. I highly recommend that my friends go to Thapovan, to take ayurvedic treatments and, of course, to study yoga with Santhosh.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank knyazhnaNatalia
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

Following are the good points
Clean & Spacious room
Excellent location
Co-Operative Staff
Maintained Good Kitchen
Best experience of our travel to kerala
Recommend this Resort to all who are looking for peaceful

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Nellikunnu, Mulloor P.O | Thiruvananthapuram District, Kovalam 695521, India
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: £74 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Thapovan Heritage Home 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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