It is with immense pride and pleasure that we announce that the heritage
retreat, Kumarakom Lake Resort has been declared ‘India’s Leading Resort’
at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2006. This was announced at
a Gala Award Ceremony held on September 20th, 2006, by the WTA Committee
at the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands.
A premium heritage retreat that caters primarily to the world’s most
discerning travellers, Kumarakom Lake Resort rests by the backwaters
of Kerala’s famous Lake Vembanad. The Resort is in the tiny hamlet
of Kumarakom, made famous by National Geographic Traveler as ‘one of
the ten paradises on earth’ and renowned for its unique eco-system.
The resort attempts to create a perfect union between heritage, luxury
and natural beauty. To this end, scores of traditional mansions each
over a hundred years old were purchased from all over Kerala and were
dismantled from their original locations and reassembled at the resort,
to create its fifty-one heritage luxury villas. Guests can opt to stay
either in the Heritage Villas, the Meandering Pool Villas or the Presidential
Suites. The Meandering Pool Villas are positioned by the banks of a
250-metre-long pool that snakes through the eastern part of the resort,
almost down to the waterfront with each villa opening out into the
pool. The two Presidential Suites are exclusive, plum on the banks
of the lake and each with it’s own private pool.
The Ayurveda spa, Ayurmana is housed in a 200-year-old abode, incidentally,
that of the Chathamangalathu Mana, who were famed practitioners of
this ancient healing science. Ayurmana is overseen by two of Kerala’s
finest Ayurvedic doctors and their team of skilled masseurs.
The main restaurant of Kumarakom Lake Resort, the Ettukettu, resides
in heritage splendor. Formerly the home of the King’s martial arts
guru and built under the commission of the King Marthanda Varma himself,
the impressive abode is a fine example of the palatial 8-sided ettukettus
unique to Kerala, and had been dismantled from its original location
and reassembled in all its glory at the resort. Today, under the aegis
of a fine team of chefs, it serves delicious multicuisine fare.
Not surprisingly, accolades have been heaped on the Resort, which is
now in its sixth year. Thrice in a row it has been nominated for the
World Travel Awards and has now emerged the winner, taking over the
mantle from some of India’s well-known holiday names. This has been
possible because of the dedicated efforts of the team at this resort,
which strives to ensure that guests take home excellent memories of
their stay here. It is their efforts that create an ambience that is
a perfect combination of luxury, history and nature.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and claimed by the
Wall Street Journal as the ‘place for a holiday pamper’ Kumarakom Lake
Resort also pronounced as ‘one of the top 5 resorts in India’ has garnered
the Asian Architectural Excellence Awards as well.
The World Travel Awards is undoubtedly the most eagerly awaited annual
event in the hospitality world and is exclusive in the fact that winners
in each category are decided by votes from tens of thousands of travel
industry insiders from across the globe. This is the 13th edition of
the World Travel Awards and there was fierce competition in each category.
We, at Kumarakom Lake Resort, are deeply honored to have been awarded
the prestigious distinction of ‘India’s Leading Resort’ and we would
like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your kind support
at all times.