Taj Bekal Resort & Spa
With unique architecture that’s inspired by the region’s traditional and iconic houseboats, this Taj property leaves you with a real sense of place. Located in 26-acre grounds next to the Kappil River and just a short walk through the palm-scattered gardens to a quiet beach, it is also possibly one of the most tranquil Indian beach resorts we feature. The Jiva Spa is the real jewel in the crown here. In this extensive and serene space you can soak away everyday life as you experience treatments that have been born from ancient Ayurvedic practices and Indian healing rituals. Yoga is also a particular focus here – something that should not come as a surprise in this corner of the world. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, there is a wide selection of sessions to choose from. We can’t think of a better way to start the day. If the spa and yoga sessions are not enough, you can kayak along the river, enjoy dinner by the waterside or enjoy a trip to the 17th Century Bekal Fort.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at the main restaurant, the Backwater Café. Depending on your personal tastes, you can opt for Kerala-inspired dishes or various international cuisines. As the name suggest, By the Bay is a seafood restaurant. Open just for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, it has a relaxed vibe and serves mouthwatering dishes. The final dining venue, Grills ‘n’ More, is a poolside barbecue where grilled specialities are created using local flavours. One of the ultimate treats – perhaps to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or just because – is a private dinner by the river.
The beautiful rooms and suites at the Taj Bekal are full of light and have been designed with the local ketuvallams in mind. Each room has plenty of outdoor space – the Superior Rooms feature either a large balcony or terrace with hanging day bed while the Deluxe Villas have a beautiful courtyard. The most sought after accommodation here has to be the Deluxe Villas and Premium Villas which feature a plunge pool on the spacious terrace.