The Royal Highnesses, Charles Prince of Wales, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, chose to spend the 65th birthday of Prince Charles at Kumarakom Lake Resort. After a day spent traversing through the traditional and renowned spots of Kochi, the royal couple set off to unwind at the serene backwaters of Kumarakom.
The heritage-rich Kumarakom Lake Resort was particularly chosen for this special occasion primarily because of Prince Charles' love of traditional architecture and his desire to experience a destination unique to Kerala. Thirty cottages had been booked for the couple and their entourage, and the royal couple stayed at the regal Presidential Suite of the resort.
Set by the banks of the lake, this exclusive suite is bedecked with elaborate traditional woodwork, authentic mural arts and exquisite antiques. A definition of Kerala's rich architectural brilliance and with a private view of the lake, the suite also has a private infinity swimming pool right on the lake. Of all the features of the Presidential Suite, the Prince admired, in particular, the rustic yet luxurious open-air bathroom!
The Duchess was high in praise as well and commented her rating for the resort was a 10 on 10.
Kumarakom Lake Resort was chosen for the solitude it proffered as the Prince wished to have a quiet and private stay. The royal couple spent an evening swimming in the resort’s unique 250-meter long meandering swimming pool on which the Prince commented, "A brilliant idea, replicating the concept of the backwaters!"
On the morning of the 14th, Prince Charles kindly conceded to cut a birthday cake, especially made for him with portraits of the Prince and the Duchess atop it. This special occasion was shared by the Chairman of Kumarakom Lake Resort, Paul P John, his wife, Sneha Paul, the resort’s Director Operations, Shelley Thayil and Chefs Deepak Sundaram and Chandrapradeep. The Prince then requested that the cake be given to the children of an orphanage.
"It's an honor to have the Royal family with us and every arrangement had been done to ensure they have a memorable stay with us," said Paul P John the Chairman and Managing Director of Kumarakom Lake Resort.
The Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri Oommen Chandy and the Chief Secretary also arrived at the resort on the 14th to wish the Prince and a gift was presented to the Prince by the Chief Minister.
The royal couple used the opportunity at the resort to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenic magnificence of Kerala's rich natural beauty after their hectic itinerary across India. Honoured as India’s Leading Resort several times and awarded the title of India’s leading Green Resort by the renowned World Travel Awards, the whole experience for the royal couple at Kumarakom Lake Resort, was an enthralling one.