This review is so long overdue. Apologies to Raiyan and Ramu Butler. We had our little girls christening ceremony reception in the hotel in July 2009!! I know, it is way too late. However the organisation and professionalism shown by Raiyan was exceptional and it would be totally unfair if I didn't share it with the world. he paid a lot of attention to all the minute details and that made a lot of difference. We had a lot of requests and he managed to sort it all out including the chocolate fountain, the projector slide show and the Magician. (The magician was fab as well).
The food was extremely delicious and well presented. There were minimal or no complaints from our folks (and that is a big compliment, because they are well versed in the art of complaining!). Ramu Butller was nice and stayed around for most of the function to make sure the crowd enjoyed. There were about 220 guests for the reception and everyone seemed to enjoy the food.
We stayed in Ramada for a couple of nights after the reception.The hotel itself is well located for Cochin. The views around the hotel are amazing and its well maintained. The rooms are nice and the spa is one of the best I have seen . Most of the treatments were not started in July 2009, but a year on I am sure they are full fledged. It is about 15-20 mts drive to the main city centre(but can be longer with traffic). However i would recommend staying here rather than the centre of Cochin. It can get really crowded and noisy in MG road etc, so if you want a peaceful nights sleep this is probably the better option. There are a few restaurants around in the 1 km circle, but the hotel restaurant food was delicious.
I am not sure of what deals you can get, but would certainly recommend this place if you want a nice comfy pad in Cochin to explore what else central Kerala has to offer.
If the management is reading this... Give Raiyan a pay rise or something, he was top class and efficient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feel the silence of the shores Ramada Resort is a poem. Written on the banks of a tranquil lake. You find the island of silence just 17 km from Kochi, Kerala's metropolis, and 2 km from a busy national highway. The Kumbalam backwaters is part of the famed Vembanad Lake. As the gates open, a sudden change in landscape, a riot of greenery, and silence, greet you. A harmonious mix of exhibitive desert trees and the natural flora of Kerala instil in you the same feeling you experience while watching your child take its first steps: excitement! Pass through the front office that exudes the Keralan hospitality, laced with the professionalism of Ramada, and walk into one of those 24 pool-facing villas. The long walk itself is a refreshing change, compared with boxing oneself into the usual elevator. The greenery soothes the nerves of even a weary traveller. You have started experiencing the space. And silence. Oh! Its space everywhere. Spread across 7 acres of land, Ramada Resort has only 42 living spaces. You would perhaps enjoy the largest per capita space on a resort in Kerala! Before stepping into your room, you find the ground floor is just floor, and not a room! Your kids may want to stay back and play. Let them, and you allow yourself into your cottage. In the super luxury of the room, you will come across the best amenities. Open the glass door and step into the balcony. The meandering pool stretches itself to 110 metres in front of you. Its waters almost touch the lake, which touches the eastern horizon for sure. The enormous expanse of the backwater, lined with coconut trees, will make you feel the thrill of floating freely on a ship's deck, a la Jack and Rose. It's a play of water, mixed with serenity. You feel engulfed by infinity. Almost. In the morning, the sun rising from across the waters will greet you on the balcony. You may feel like doing a sun-salutation, the most beneficial yoga posture. The fisherman in his canoe rowing against the myriad hues of morning sun will be a picture postcard scene that reminds you of the painting competition in your school days. In the evening, the reflections of the setting sun on the serene waters would take you to the empire of silence. The water, layers and layers of it, may tempt you to try some water therapy. Walk into the spa, Kerala's largest. It offers more than 25 varieties of herbal and western massages. Treat yourself to foot reflexology and leave the seat with every organ in your body relaxed. Or try Thai massage. Or Balinese. Treat your senses to the aroma of freshly fried seafood. With your stomach directing you towards the restaurant, the turn in the corridor next to it opens up suddenly into an empty expanse of greenery. The deja vu feeling of having one's own extra space suddenly overpowers the unassuming traveller. It takes some time to adjust to this heavenly feeling and finally when lunch is served, you realise even time has no boundaries in this part of the world and stands still. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Resort,Cochin Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Ramada Hotel Kochi