15 Things I Loved about Kumarakom Lake Resort
When I was leaving the Kumarakom Lake Resort, I told Sanjay,
“thank you for such a wonderful holiday, it was so
beautiful, it was almost unreal!” Since then I have been
wondering why I enjoyed my stay so much! I actually closed
my eyes and the reasons started popping up one by one. I
wrote then all in the random order as they emerged in my
thoughts. And that is what I share with you today.
1) Are you sure you want to talk about all this?
When I reached the resort I was somewhat tired. Even though
it was a 8.10 am flight, I had to wake at 5.00 am. The
flight to Kochi was via Hyderabad. Then there was metro
construction going on in Kochi so it took us a lot of time
to get out of the city.
But I am so used to working on the trips that I
automatically start asking questions. Asa Abraham, the PR
manager asked me, “are you sure you want to talk about all
this? We will discuss it tomorrow.” After a while when I
again slipped into the questioning mode she firmly told me,
“you relax, you must be tired.” And I was bundled off to a
sunset cruise and then after an early dinner to my room.
That really set the tone for the rest of the trip!
Ask anyone at the Kumarakom Lake Resort for how many years
they have worked with the property and chances they would
tell you something like 10 years, 15 years, 7 years or so.
People work there for a long long time. And that reflects in
the way they treat guests. My guess is that the resort keeps
the employees happy, and the employees, in turn, keep the
3) Heritage villa with a pool or when I had the whole pool
I had a luxury heritage lake view villa with an attached
plunge pool. In other words, I had a whole private pool to
myself that was enclosed within the four walls of my villa,
an ultimate luxury for me. I could take a dip in the pool at
midnight if I wanted. It was also a first for me. In fact on
this trip there were many firsts and there were many having
the whole things to myself!
4) Having the whole houseboat to myself
Even though I have been to Kerala before, it was my first
time on a houseboat. And then I had the whole big houseboat
for myself. I went on a lunch cruise. Chef Deepak and his
team prepared a lavish Kerala meal for me accompanied with a
beer! My first experience on a houseboat has been out of
this world! The weather was awesome and I hardly ever budged
from the deck!
5) Having the whole canoe to myself
Before going on a houseboat I went on a canoe ride through
the backwaters. A canoe can enter narrower canals than the
big houseboats. On my ride, early in the morning, you
guessed it right, I had the whole canoe to myself. I sat on
the chair for the first fifteen minutes. Then I asked if I
could go sit at the front of the boat? When I was told yes,
I remained there, firmly sitting on the front of the boat
for the rest of my journey! It was a fabulous trip.
At lunch and dinner in the main restaurant, they had 22
bottles of pickle! Need I say more? Well, I will say a
little more, we had a staggering variety of South Indian
food but they made sure that there were continental and
North Indian food available as well. In fact the buffet was
so nice that I never ordered anything out the menu!
7) Prince Charles’s Room
Prince Charles celebrated his 65th birthday at Kumarakom
Lake Resort. I was told that for his entire team 20 rooms
were booked in all. He and the duchess stayed at the
presidential suites. And the room is actually fit for
royalty! Among other things, it has its own private infinity
8) The Infinity Pool
That brings me to the common infinity pool. My room was the
closest to it and I went for swimming every day. I have
decided that if I have a pool access and if I have time, I
am going to work out on my trips! Otherwise there is no
chance of me ever getting fit! And it helps to stay
motivated if the pool is set in such scenic surroundings!
9) Beautiful Backwaters
You can view the Vembanad from the various corners of the
resort. It is a befitting backdrop to a very beautiful
resort. In fact while I was swimming in the infinity pool, I
could see local fishermen go past in their boats!
I asked people how old was the resort? They told me it
opened in 2000. So I concluded that it was 15 years old. And
yet it looked much older and that puzzled me!
When I met the owner Mr. Paul P John he mentioned that his
team bought many old Kerala houses, dismantled it piece by
piece and then many such pieces were used to build the
resort. The main restaurant was the house gifted to the
martial arts teacher of the King of Travancore. I then
understood why the place looked much older than 15 years!
The resort is constructed such that it gives the feel of
being in a backwater village with coconut trees, water
lilies, bridges and canals. You will find hammocks and
benches to sit and relax! You can go fishing within the
premises itself with Kavi, who was happy to teach even the
12) Meandering Pool Villas
Even though I did not stay in a meandering pool villa I
loved what I saw! You would step out straight from your room
to the meandering pool and go where ever you pleased! I was
told that the families and kids loved it. But I was happy
with my own private pool!
13) Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurmana the ayurvedic spa at the resort is a bliss. I went
in for a rejuvenating massage and it was truly that, one
hour of complete rejuvenation!
14) Towel Art
The first day I had two swans in my room. They were
beautiful but I was alone. But the next day I had good
company, there was this perfectly relaxing towel art on my
bed! That completely blew me away! I even clicked a silly
selfie with it, I liked it so much! It exactly defined my
15) Open Bathroom
Most of the accommodations (except houseboats and luxury
pavilion rooms) have semi open bathrooms. The shower was
close to the pool, enclosed by the four walls but no roof.
And I loved it too.
So this is a short summary of my stay at Kumarakom Lake
Resort. I of course have much more to say!
PS. I was invited by the Kumarakom Lake Resort on this