Vivanta by Taj – Bekal
We recently spent a few days at the stunning Vivanta by Taj Bekal property. This is one of Vivanta’s newer properties and is absolutely stunning. Located on its own beach in Kerala, this seaside property is the epitome of relaxation and self-indulgence. The property uses styling cues from the area’s famous rice boats and sprawled across 26 acres including a 10,000 square foot Jiva Spa. The property is surrounded by lush green vegetation, thick trees, and a river sweeps around the property and feeds into the ocean. It creates a calming and restful ambiance that is very difficult to leave.
Bekal has 71 rooms laid out in 5 different configurations with the majority of the rooms falling into the Deluxe Delight Room with a Courtyard or a Deluxe Delight Room with a Private Plunge Pool. These rooms offer guests the height of privacy and relaxation. We found the Pool rooms here very comfortable, romantic, and gave us a true sense of seclusion. Aside form the private pool, the courtyard also has an outdoor shower, outdoor bathtub, and an incredible day bed swing where guests can spend the afternoon.
Outside of the stunning rooms, Bekal offers a gorgeous main pool area, a BBQ pit, and 2 restaurants. The main restaurant, Latitude, offers a variety of cuisines and delivers some delicious local dishes. On our recent journey, we were treated to a traditional dinner on a Banana Leaf and was made up 9 separate dishes and even had a desert course! It was a stunning meal and the head chef came out to not only serve the dish, but also explain in detail what each item was and how it was cooked. Both Taj & Vivanta did an excellent job staying aware of any food allergies and often times would create dishes specifically to address the concerns which were absolutely delicious.
Bekal’s Jiva Spa has designed to cater to just about any Spa treatment you desire. While they offer the normal treatments like facials, massages, etc, their true excellence is in the custom designed Ayurveda treatments that can be designed to meet a guests needs for anything from a rejuvenating Yoga weekend, a weight-loss treatment, or a detox program. We met with the in house Ayurveda doctor and instantly saw his in-depth knowledge and felt extremely comfortable working with him.
Bekal also has a terrific program for children, making this a wonderful family vacation for those seeking rest, relaxation, and a fun beach holiday. There is a kid’s play area which his made up of 2 buildings and features a variety of indoor and outdoor play areas and leaves parents to enjoy the Spa with out having to worry.