A quiet hideaway with a well-thought-of spa.

Green by name, green by nature, this beautiful Taj property is tucked away in secluded gardens behind a lagoon and a long stretch of beach. To the north of bustling Kovalam, this is the place to experience some tranquillity in one of the region’s most popular beach resorts. The hillside grounds are dotted with thatched buildings and open-air pavilions and palm shaded pathways wind their way around the resort. The Jiva Spa is one of the best in the region and it is something of a verdant sanctuary. The treatments and therapies have been inspired by ancient Indian healing practices and have been created with the body and soul in mind. In the heat of southern India, we particularly love the Chandana treatment which has cools the skin with the use of aloe vera and beautifully aromatic sandalwood.

Jasmine Bay is the hotel’s main restaurant. Overlooking the pool and towards the ocean, this delightful venue has a menu that features both locally-inspired dishes and international cuisine. While the majority of the Taj’s facilities are located away from the beach, the casual Bait seafood restaurant is situated down by the water. It is a popular spot for a sunset cocktail and after dinner after nightfall. Back at the heart of the resort is the Neera Bar which serves spirits, wine and beer as well as a range of soft drinks.

The rooms are wonderfully spacious and traditionally and tastefully decorated with comfortable furnishings. Each is located in a two-storey thatched cottage which is shares with other rooms and suites. The Superior Charm Rooms are a great choice and you can easily upgrade to a room with a sea view. If you need a little more space, the Deluxe Allure Suites with their separate bedroom and living rooms are the perfect choice.

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Key information

To the north of Kovalam beach resort, approximately 10 minutes from the beach on foot; Kovalam itself is a short taxi ride away

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minutes from Trivandrum airport
Rooms: 59

Good to know

Minimum stay: 5 nights 22 Dec-05 Jan. No departures 31 Dec or 01 Jan. Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

Accommodation information

59 rooms and suites

Dining

2 restaurants, bar

What's included

Breakfast at Jasmine Bay.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board (please call for prices) • Breakfast and dinner at Jasmine Bay
Full Board (please call for prices)  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Jasmine Bay.

*Denotes local charge