Taj Bekal Resort & Spa
Inspired by the design of Kettivallam houseboats, and with Chitra Pothi art on the walls, Taj Bekal Resort and Spa perfectly complements its charming rural surroundings. The famous Backwaters run through the grounds and the hotel's beautifully landscaped gardens meet the Kappil beach shoreline.
This delightful hotel is situated in over 26 acres of lush greenery and effort has been made to blend this vibrancy into the rooms and suites, which all come with vast gracefully-curved windows. The interiors follow a minimal but sophisticated theme, featuring smooth white marble and a neutral colour palette. Vibrant yet tasteful decorations are also found throughout, subtly adding pops of colour.
A calm and welcoming ambience surrounds the hotel as its location feels serene and the staff provide particularly warm hospitality to all. Guests staying here may find it hard to choose between the 3 on-site restaurants as they are all equally tempting: the ‘Backwater Café’ serves local Kerala delicacies as well as international cuisine, the ‘By The Bay’ restaurant, as its name suggests, cooks fresh seafood from the Arabian Sea and there is also a barbecue restaurant. After dinner, we recommend treating yourself to a nightcap at the ‘Ivory Bar’ on the way back to your room or suite.
If you are after rest and relaxation, then indulge in a massage treatment at the beautiful Jiva Spa, or join a calming yoga session in utter silence save for the soothing sounds of birds chirping nearby. Alternatively, if you are after more of an active stay, then we recommend taking advantage of the resort's large pool and well-equipped fitness centre. Many other outdoor activities are available for guests here, so take your pick between boating, kayaking, rowing, fishing and trekking – thanks to this array on offer, we believe that this property is a great choice for families or couples seeking a bit of adventure in the typically relaxing area of Kerala, South India.
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Anonymous, India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka