A beautiful resort on the shores of Lake Kumarakom which is influenced by its backwaters location.
Water, water, everywhere. As you would expect from a resort at the heart of the Keralan backwaters, the focus here is on all things H2O, whether it's the freeform pool, the winding streams or the infinity pool which seems to merge into the lake itself. The choice of royalty – Prince Charles spent his 65th birthday here – the Kumarakom Lake Resort is typically Keralan in style with typical architecture and traditional local decor and artworks. You certainly won’t forget what part of the world you’re in. No Southern India hotel worth its salt would be without a spa, and in particular one that provides a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments. Following an action-packed escorted tour or tailor-made adventure there are few places we would rather slow down the pace a little.
The open-air Ettukettu is the resort’s main restaurant and it is here that you can try cuisines from around the world as well as more local flavours. A recent addition to the hotel is the waterside venue, Vembanad, the Seafood Bar where wonderfully seasoned with locally-sourced spices. One of our favourite spots here is Thattukada, the al fresco tea shop where traditional Indian teas are served alongside local treats.
The resort’s red-roof cottages are scattered around the extensive gardens and typical of Keralan homesteads (but with all the mod-cons you would expect). The decor is distinctly of its setting with murals lining the wooden panels behind the bed and glorious dark wood furnishings. There are a cluster of Luxury Pavilion Rooms in a number of the cottages and with their large floor-to-ceiling windows it seems as if the verdant grounds are an extension of your space. For direct access to the freeform pool, we recommend one of the Meandering Pool Villas. These duplex accommodations feature a bedroom on the upper floor and a living room and terrace with steps into the pool on the ground floor.
On the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake in the heart of Kerala’s backwaters region
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50 rooms and villas
2 restaurants, tea shop, bar
Breakfast at Ettukettu.
*Denotes local charge