Coconut Lagoon or Kumarakom Lake resort

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My partner and I are planning to treat ourselves to a 1 night luxury (and no doubt overpriced!!) stay during our upcoming trip to Kerala in December - the rest of the time we'll be staying in basic accomodation (except for a 1 night backwaters cruise!)

I've narrowed it down to the above hotels but both seem to score low for food in independant reviews (especially Kumarakom Lake resort for veggie food).

I'd be really grateful if anyone could offer any impartial advice on either (I need as much info as possible when contemplating spending that amount!!!). The web-sites obviously make them sound stunning but I'd like to know the real deal. Also be useful if you could say what type of room you stayed in.

Thanks in advance.
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Coconut Lagoon is great!

First time I went there for two nights. Next for three nights, next for four nights. Then I went for a week and didn;t go anywhere else in Kerala that trip

So I suppose my advice is very partial! Very partial to Coconut Lagoon

Actually I loved the food. It is my favourite place for food. I'm not a veggie and I can't remember what the veggie options were like, but hey! this is South India, surely veggies must be well catered for?

Now... it is expensive, but it is not luxury like a ***** city hotel. It is beautiful, peaceful and well-run. If you want thick-carpet-type luxury then you'd be better off in a city

I particularly remember the butterscotch souffle, which I had several years running!
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We stayed at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The rooms were gorgeous even by western standards. Loved the outdoor bathroom! The grounds were luxurious. The food just ok, a huge expensive buffet intended to satisfy everyone including those who want western food and those who eat meat; about what you'd expect at a place like that. We prefer Indian veg and found plenty to eat but didn't feel it was worth the $ considering.
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I am a tour operator from Kerala and familiar with both hotels. As India edge writes, Kumarakom lake Resort has luxury. And at Coconut Lagoon, you would feel comfortable to stay and would like to come back. It has more character and good taste.
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Thanks everyone.......I'm swaying towards Coconut Lagoon.

Has anyone really pushed the boat out and stayed in one of the Private Pool Villas?

Are they worth the extra money?
#6 Aug 23rd, 2005, 16:44
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The private pool villas would probably be great for honeymooners (of which they get many). Loads of privacy to just enjoy ...well, err, each other...

Otherwise, probably not. The rooms are nice, the ordinary pool is fine ---why not enjoy the company of the other guests.
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When I was in Coconut Lagoon in 2002, Paul Mccartney and his wife were staying in a private villa.

You can choose from three kinds of accommodation at Coconut Lagoon. The Heritage Bungalows are compact detached buildings - very comfortable and private.

I stayed in a Heritge Bungalow earlier this year and was very pleased with the setup. I was a little concerned beause there was no Mansion available, and I was a little apprehensive about privacy. I didn't need to worry - it was superb!

The Heritage Mansions are larger, with an upstairs. Most of these are by the lake. I stayed in the one right by the lake... Number 201 which was absolutely fantastic!

The Pool Villas are the most expensive and private. I haven't stayed in one of these, not because of the cost, but because I live on an isolated farm and occasionally I like to see other people!

Coconut Lagoon is my favourite hotel anywhere in the world - and I have stayed in a lot of hotels over the years!

The food is also of the highest standard. Don't take my word for it... Antonio Carluccio, the famous Italian Chef stayed at Coconut Lagoon and claimed that it is "the best food in the world".
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John, I stayed in 201 too last time I was there!!! I was a little annoyed with them for not having given me the room right by the lake, as I had booked well in advance and was already a regular customer, but when they offered me the chance to change the next day I didn't want to, as I had settled into 201. It has been refurbushed only the year before, had great views of the lake and a new, silent AC system

The bungalows are more private: the mansions are biult in groups of three or four so you have a neighbour on at least one side. For a longer stay you can make the mansion like home; for a one-nighter, a bungalow would be ample.

Some of the bungalows are not AC: specify if you really need it.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H John, I stayed in 201 too last time I was there!!!
i knew there was something strange about you Nick.... now i know.... youīre the last highlander is it?

sorry couldnīt resist

but you guys making me curious. what are the prices? couldnīt locate them on their web site.
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You guys who weren't in India 1,804 years ago just aren't real travellers!
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Sorry Nick - us "real travellers" are the ones who knew (& stayed at) Kumarakom in 1990 when it was the old rundown KTDC Tourist Complex!! With 3 friends I had one of my most bizarre travel experiences there...we were the only guests staying at this decaying empty place, eating dinner while very stoned, surrounded by numerous very grubby-looking staff. As the night wore on, & the staff became more unruly things started feeling downright scarey. When we got back to our rooms & compared notes we'd all felt very paranoid & had all independently been feeling that we might somehow be in danger. Enough to almost convince me to stop smoking!

When a friend showed me the Kumarakom website recently I couldn't believe it had been transformed, but yes, it is the same place!
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After a bit more research (and in true female style!) I've had an about turn in my hotel preference - Kumarakom lake resort is now the leader above Coconut Lagoon.

So, I'm now trying to decide what type of accommodation to stay at in Kumarakom lake resort.

I like the sound of the heritage villas as they are said to be made from old reconstructed materials - are the interiors as nice as they sound? What are the outdoor sunken baths like? I'm after something romantic and private. Would you say the lake view or garden villas more private?

I've read good reviews of the meandering pool villas but from the photos I've seen it looks like you do not get much privacy from others staying in the villas around you (and swimming in the pool). They seem very overlooked and close together - is this right? Anyone know what the interior of these villas are like and do they have an outside sunken bath or just a shower?

Looking forward to your replies - thanks in advance.
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Is it possible to visit Cochin on a day trip while staying at Coconut Lagoon? Or would anyone recommend a special trip to stay over in Cochin. First time for us to Kerala and the south having only been to Mumbai and north before.
thanks,
Ken
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Here are the published 2005 prices for Coconut Lagoon
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Coconut Lagoon is too far from Cochin for a day trip.

I would spend a night in Cochin so you have time to look around.

There is plenty to seen on Fort Cochin and Willingdon Island, and Ernakulam is also worth a visit, although it is not full of history as are the islands.

There are good hotels in Cochin. This year I have paid from Rs.495/- to Rs.15,100/- a night for a/c accommodation in Cochin - it all depends on what you want!


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Originally Posted by kbotnick Is it possible to visit Cochin on a day trip while staying at Coconut Lagoon? Or would anyone recommend a special trip to stay over in Cochin. First time for us to Kerala and the south having only been to Mumbai and north before.
thanks,
Ken

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