Thiruvananthapuram: Unperturbed by the October sun, the guests were splashing around in the pool overlooking the Arabian sea at Vivanta by Taj Green Cove. Past the Jasmine Bay, the all-day poolside restaurant was Curries, the Indian specialty place with a décor that reflects the magic of Kerala architecture. It was where I met Mathew Thomas,
Thiruvananthapuram: Unperturbed by the October sun, the guests were splashing around in the pool overlooking the Arabian sea at Vivanta by Taj Green Cove. Past the Jasmine Bay, the all-day poolside restaurant was Curries, the Indian specialty place with a décor that reflects the magic of Kerala architecture. It was where I met Mathew Thomas, General Manager, Vivanta by Taj Green Cove, Kovalam.
‘‘People come to Kerala to enjoy the food and nature, and this property combines the feel they are looking for with exclusivity, finest hospitality and privacy,’’ said Mathew. “We have guests who stay here for months, and some of them have even returned 10 to 15 times,’’ he added.
The deluxe luxury resort sits on a hill overlooking the sea, making it a rare experience. The three clusters of rooms, available in four formats, are all either sea-facing or garden-facing. But the main attraction is the exclusive, 1400-sq. ft. Presidential Nirvana Suite having sea view. The hill on which the property is situated today has been remodeled and reshaped, and the work was largely done utilising locally- sourced materials, said Amarendra Kumar, Sales Manager.
A walk up the hill will take one through the winding pathways lit by quaint lamps resembling weaver bird nests. The cozy low-roof rooms built with appealing black granite seemed to absorb some rainy darkness and the doors made of unpolished wood impart them a perfect finishing touch.
Each of the three clusters in the property has rooms housed in a two storied structure. The low thatched roof and the narrow stone-laid stairs and pathways add to the overall charm. The property offers a wide range of amenities from banquet to boardroom facilities, providing twin attractions to the guests who can combine work with leisure. Agenda, Agora, Tango and Kabana lawns along with the seaside lawns provide top class meeting and socialising spaces. The hotel is also popular as a Destination Wedding venue with numerous bookings made throughout the year.
It also has a nine-hole golf course apart from the exclusive Taj Jiva spa overlooking a waterfall and an open air Jacuzzi. The hotel meets the basic expectations in terms of entertainment, business and wellness infrastructure.
It also customizes the experiences of guests who come to see the beaches and yet prefer to spend some ‘me time’ along with it. For those who love the still blues, there is Poovar and lagoon boating. Taj also treats its guests to an exclusive complimentary canoe ride in their own lagoon.
Coming to the food, the star attraction is Bait, which was termed by Rishikesh Rai, the Executive Chef, as a ‘double bait’ – for the enchanting view and the delicious food it offers.
One can sit relaxed on a large comfortable chair gazing at the sea and sipping wine for hours or relishing grilled bay fresh prawn or their signature baked baby snapper on mango wood. When I enquired about the faint smell of cinnamon wafting all over, Debajit Viswas, the restaurant manager, held up the table mat ‘made of cinnamon wood’ with a smile, revealing the source.
‘‘The hotel may be rated as first or second, but Bait is always at the top,’’ said Mathews. The two sea-side gazebos also offer private dining overlooking the horizon lit up by anchored fishing boats.
With guest footfalls peaking between October and March, the resort is ready with the best on offer to welcome guests.