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Kumarakom Lake Resort
Ranked #4 of 26 Hotels in Kumarakom
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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115 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Setting, Service and Architecture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

We planned and spend 1 month in South India in January 2014. We selected hotels based upon Trip Advisor recommendations that included the Kumarakom Lake Resort. We spent 2 delightful nights at the resort, one at the hotel and the second on a houseboat. The hotel had tropical architecture. Our room was lovely and had a private pool. The restaurant settings were lovely and the service was excellent.

We also spent one overnight on the Kumarakom Lake Resort houseboat where we were treated to a lovely evening on Lake Vembanad including our own chef and boat drivers.

This was one of our favorite hotels in this trip - we stayed at 14 different hotels on this trip.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 22 February 2014
Dear Guest ,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to thank you for sparing your valuable time in giving us your feedback. We are really glad that you enjoyed the stay in the room as well as the boat.We are pleased that the services and the food was up to your expectation,

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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Navi Mumbai, India
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

The property is awesome! We were on our honeymoon and had taken a heritage villa with our own private pool and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The highlights are:

1. Sunset Boat Cruise
2. Complimentary Tea / Snacks in the evening
3. Sea Food Restaurant - Vembanabad
4. Private Pool Villas
5. Open area Shower
6. Pottery sessions

Things to work on by the management:

1. Food pricing
2. Warmth of staff at Ettukettu
3. Lizard and Mosquito Control in the villas - Incense sticks are a must considering the high price paid by the guest.

Overall, I would say it is a FIVE STAR experience... which one must enjoy if possible :)

Room Tip: Villas 101, 102 and 103 seem to have the best view (lake view)
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us and sparing your valuable time in filling up the feedback form.

With regard to your feedback we notice that there are certain areas that have scope for improvement. We do our best to keep the mosquitoes and the lizards at bay using organic repellents .
Your suggestion regarding lapse in our service has been taken note of. Please be assured that the feedback given by you is being looked into. We are grateful to you for sharing your experiences so that we could make necessary amends at our end to provide you with excellent services on your next visit. We apologize for the inconveniences caused and assure you the best for the future.

Thank you for staying with us and I look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Scenic location. Carried my laryngitis with me to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were wonderful and kept us supplied with honey and ayurvedic medicine. Enjoyed ourselves with the great food and boat rides. Thank you everyone. Oh , and leaving today healthy.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest ,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to thank you for sparing your valuable time in giving us your feedback. We are pleased to know that you had comfortable stay with us.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Our agent had given this the big hype, Prince Charles & Camilla stayed here a few weeks before us and we were looking forward to it. The room was fantastic we had a meandering pool villa, so the pool was right out the door and we had a great indoor/outdoor bathroom. On our first night we thought we would treat ourselves to the signature seafood restaurant as we both love seafood. To say it was a disappointment would be an understatement, we ordered tempura tiger prawns and prawns in garlic and ginger to start, the tempura prawns were like those from a poor quality supermarket and the chef somehow managed to make ginger & garlic tasteless. The restaurant was far from full but with 5 waiters they all seemed to go around in a group like teenage girls. The tables around us both sent their fish back for being cold and uncooked, we were then asked if we would like to order desert before our main courses arrived. We are not normally people to complain but as this hotel aspires to higher things we did mention it to the front desk manager. To give them their due the hotel did go to great lengths to try and make amends but hotels of this quality should have fully trained and motivated staff,

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 14 February 2014
Dear Guest ,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to stay with us and sparing your valuable time in filling up the feedback form.

With regard to your feedback we notice that there are certain areas that have scope for improvement. The unexpected situation you have passed through has been taken note of. Please be assured that the feedback given by you is being looked into. We are grateful to you for sharing your experiences so that we could make necessary amends at our end to provide you with excellent services on your next visit. We apologize for the inconveniences caused and assure you the best for the future.

Thank you for staying with us and I look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.


Warm Regards,
Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Very beautiful, serene and peaceful. Great sunset view at the lake.
Very good value for money. B'fast buffet is good and evening sunset cruise with classical instrumental music is quite an experience. The rooms are really big and spacious. Staff is very nice and prompt. It's a different world out there... slow, relaxed and peaceful.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest ,
Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to thank you for sparing your valuable time in giving us your feedback. We are glad you had a relaxed and peaceful stay with us

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

We have traveled a lot and stayed at great hotels, but KLR is one of the best ever. We stayed at pool villa having a magnificent entry into the meandering pool, just four steps out of the room. We have arrived on the day of our 36th wedding anniversary (same place where Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday) Our travel agent in India knew that and have asked hotel for some kind of surprise, so very tasteful chocolate cake was there for us in our villa.
Room itself was wonderful, actually duplex, wonderfully furnished. An open air bathroom was a great plus. Food was fantastic. Complimentary, lake sunset cruise was great experience. If anywhere close to Kumarakum, do not miss this beauty.

Room Tip: always ask for pool villa!!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest ,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to thank you for sparing your valuable time in giving us your feedback.

We are glad you had a comfortable stay with us and the food and the services were upto your expectation.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

My husband and I were married here in January 2014 and had the most wonderful experience through the whole process. We chose Kumarakom for the location (to include family in Kerala), and Kumarakom Lake Resort for it's size and style. The heritage style, with the authentic look of Kerala houses was complimented by luxurious rooms, five star amenities and interesting architecture (outdoor bathrooms!) making it perfect for our mix western and indian guests. The food also accommodated both indian and western tastes- providing just enough local food to be a good introduction and still providing options for those who may not be able to eat very spicy food.

We are based in Delhi and really enjoyed working with the Delhi booking office (Medhavi) to get an initial idea of the services offered for weddings at the resort negotiate room rates for our group.

After that, our interactions with the Kumarakom-based staff (particularly the very professional and very attentive Sreejith) were beyond expectations. We were able to work easily over email and phone, and every minor question I asked, from table settings to musical arrangements was answered with precision. I made only one visit to the hotel before the wedding and met a number of staff and managers who were equally helpful and willing to work with us to accommodate even strange requests (like having a tailor on site to stitch blouses for my american friends who wanted to wear saris to the wedding).

The wedding itself was spectacular. Our requests on decor were accommodated and supplemented with traditional items from the hotel. The staff went above and beyond to make the event special. The staff of the spa helped to dress our American friends and family in traditional saris free of charge. Sreejith even helped us keep costs down when working with outside vendors like make up and hair artists. The baraat included an elephant and took place at the front other resort, the ceremony took place at the pool, the cocktail hour followed on the other side of the pool and the dinner was on the lakeside lawn. So we used a large portion on the resort and the staff helped to make sure that the events ran on schedule and seamlessly. There were other guests staying at the resort who were not part of the wedding but the staff helped to make sure that they were not inconvenienced by our event by grouping as many of our guests as possible on the side of the resort that the events would take place.

The event and stay were expensive, but we appreciated the honestly of the staff and the efforts to keep costs low. Unlike in other places, we were not surprised at the end by unanticipated costs or extra charges. All discussions about cost were transparent and agreed upon ahead of time.

Overall the whole experience was wonderful and if anyone is considering an event or wedding at the resort, I would highly recommend it. I hope to be back again, under more relaxed circumstances, soon.

Room Tip: Many of the rooms have outdoor bathrooms. If traveling with elderly indians who might find this unc...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Sanjay V, Manager at Kumarakom Lake Resort, responded to this review, 15 February 2014
Dear Guest ,

Greetings from Kumarakom Lake Resort!!!

We would like to thank you for sparing your valuable time in giving us your feedback.

We are happy to know that all your friends and family had a good time at the resort and enjoyed the event.

Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to having you back at Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Warm Regards,

Sanjay Varma
Resident Manager
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Property: Kumarakom Lake Resort
Address: Kumarakom North Post, Kumarakom 686 566, India
Region: India > Kerala > Kumarakom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kumarakom
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Kumarakom
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kumarakom
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kumarakom
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kumarakom Lake Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kerala's leading resort by the side of famous Vembanadu lake, the largest backwaters of Kerala, located north of Kumarakom. An ideal backwater resort for honeymoon holidays, leisure holidays, family vacation, etc. All the villas are centrally air conditioned - There are 7 lake view heritage villa with plunge pools, 15 Heritage Garden view Villas with plunge pools, 26 meandering Pool Villas, 9 Luxury Pavillion Rooms with heated Jacuzzi, 2 Presidential Suite with private Pool and 4 Air conditioned House boats with 7 rooms. Air conditioned Conference hall with 85 Pax theatre style seating facility available. 100 seater restaurant with traditional Kerala architecture, 45 seater seafood restaurant with bar available. Kerala's traditional Ayurveda, Yoga, and backwater cruise facility available. The entire resort is Wi-Fi enabled. ... more   less 
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