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Paradise it is...
I would recommend this hotel to all those nature lovers and Ayurvedic massage seekers...
First think this resort is in an island....surrounded with coconut plantations and its green. As kerala has monsoon climate its an ideal climate for any kind of vegetation. So you will see all kind of flora here. This resort is just made where the river meets the sea... so you can imagine the view....
The resort got a swimming pool with an bar..so u can relax and have a good time. The island got an Ayurvedic massage village and believe me its worth it. I cannot talk about it coz they have different kind of massages for different kinds of problems. They even make you a diet plan and the kitchen does it for you.
They have backwater rides around the island and you can see a different world.
They have free yoga classes in the morning....and now the best part...the rooms... they have floating cottages on the river so you can imagine that...the one i had was a land cottage... did'nt know if i would get sick coz of the movement... The room i stayed in had a jacuzzi in the room....wow!!! and one side of the bathroom was glass and had plants. But the roof was so high that you don't have anyone peeping in... well its worth a look...i have posted the pic on the site...
The view is the best....plants...the river..sea...
Pleasant but costly. There are two houseboats which offer you something of a different cuisine from the one in the hotel. You've got to order the giant lobsters one day in advane and the beer is cheaper. Getting to the city of Trivandrum which is 30 kms off is a problem though as the access to the hotel is by boat Pool and tranquility
A fortnight at the Poovar Island Hotel, Kerala
Overall this was an excellent and peaceful holiday. The major positive points include the very friendly and helpful staff who made every effort to make our stay both restful and enjoyable. In particular we felt the Tiffin staff, the housekeeping staff and the lifeguard deserve a special mention. The provision of punted cruises through the 'back waters'was a very strong point, especially as it was taken by a student whose knowledge of the waterways and specially of birds and wildlife was exceptional, and he brought much infective enthusiasm to his discourse. We recommnded this cruise to several British holiday makers who all agreed that the cruises were excellent.
The quality and diversity of the food deserves a special mention, especially the local Keralian dishes. The chef(s) are clearly first class.
Rooms are comfortable and very clean, and the air conditioning works well and was a real boon.
We were delighted with the sunken bar in the middle of the swimming pool.
The hotel is set in very beautiful and well-kept grounds among cocononut palms, tropical flowers and extensive well-watered lawns. We appreciated that the hotel is unspoilt by commercialism. As an older couple we appreciated the peace. We realise, of course, that it is possible to make many trips frome here, arranged by the hotel or the tour company.
We enjoyed the two evening entertainments each week.
Paradise in Backwaters!!
I went with my family to Poovar island resort from November 23 to November 28, 2006. It was my 25TH wedding anniversary and I had planned the trip 6 months in advance. But it was truly worth the efforts. WOW! What a place to be with your beloved ones on such a memorable day. Enveloped by the most serene backwaters and opening out to the Sea and a golden beach, this Island Resort is truly a wonderful site. Thank you Club Mahindra for making it such a memorable anniversary. What a resort, what scenic beauty combined with ever smiling staff and delicious food. It was a REAL fun filled holiday with FAMILY which we will remember FOREVER!!
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Having returned from an 8 night stay at Poovar Island Resort my husband and myself would like to share a few points with those considering a stay there:
Trying to organise a transfer from Trivandrum to the resort three emails were not replied to, so we would recommend a phone call if only to confirm the reservation (which they had no record of when we finally made contact).
Guides on excursions* had limited understanding of English. They also appeared to have little interest and lack of knowledge of local area and sights of interest, with the exception of a charming driver on our return transfer to the airport who volunteered information about every second building we passed and who appeared to actually enjoy the conversation with us. *a list of these miraculously appeared in the lobby on our third day
Do not partake in the ‘Elephant’ excursion. We foolishly assumed we would be travelling to some sort of elephant park or sanctuary, instead we ended up on someone’s farm with a random working elephant, each had a ride, then had the opportunity to wash the elephant in a muddy stream…
No information in the rooms besides a list of security ‘do nots’ in and around the resort for example, room service menu, general resort information (restaurant and spa details and services, excursion options, etc)
Room cleanliness. Our first room had single beds rather than the double requested. After much confusion they suggested they would move the beds together, upon doing this there appeared rubbish and a filthy floor. We insisted on being moved to another room which was a big improvement. Saying this, the cleanliness still left a lot to be desired, especially in the bathroom. Thank goodness we were prepared with all manner of antiseptic potions and lotions.
Room Service. Do attempt to request items that are not on the menu, for example fresh fruit and toast for breakfast and the welcome respite of a serving of french fries…
The beach is not property of the resort. Besides the hugely disappointing fact that the sea is ‘un-swimable’, the beach is not property of the resort and guests are not even permitted to sunbathe. We found the website particularly misleading regarding this.
The food options are incredibly limited, especially for a resort that is so isolated. Though we thoroughly enjoy all manner of Indian food, any Western option we may have occasionally preferred was not catered for as suggested on the website.
The ‘romantic floating restaurant’ did not appear to be operating during our stay. Should it have been we would not have chosen to dine there as, during the day, the preparation area was left completely open to the elements, crows etc
The Ayurvedic treatments we would recommend but the facilities are very basic and not particularly clean. We are still searching for the most highly rated new Ayurvedic spa in Kerala (supposedly located at Poovar and opened several months’ ago…)
If it is any consolation, we did not visit during high season, so we do hope that some of these deficiencies would not occur during a more popular time
Better than expected, but could do better
We've just returned from a week in Poovar Island Resort, after touring Kerala during our first week. Having read all the reviews before we went, we tried to reschedule our booking, but were unable to do so. I'd like to comment on some of the things we'd read about. The backwaters - these are beautiful and tranquil and filled with amazing bird life - more than you see on a day in the famous Alleppey backwaters that we spent cruising. The reviewer who was appalled by the people washing themselves, their clothes, pots and cattle in the waters, obviously hadn't seen other backwaters and appreciated that this is a traditional way of life. An alternative view is that we tourists are polluting their waters - locals punt along, only the tourist boats are driven by petrol motors. So, the location is fab.
We didn't stay in a water bungalow and were very glad about that. My main concern was health and safety - no handrail over the floating access to them. The day we left, the waves had broken over the sands and the whole place was swamped, including the access, so no idea how people were coping.
The grounds are beautifil in some areas, left bare and grotty in others. When we saw how submerged they can be, we understood why. Huge waste of water - they need to go to Marari Beach and learn some conservation techniques.
The management was the real problem at Poovar. We had no 'welcome' just a form thrust at us on arrival after a long, hot 5 hr journey. No information, just taken to our room by the boat man. This was a complete contrast to what we'd experienced elsewhere.
Our room was nice, but the towels looked rather grotty. Having read all about the rats and cockroaches, we kept windows and doors shut when we were out, so had no problems. Also, as the latest reviewer notes, the furry pets that run across roofs and come in when you open the doors are chipmunks (actually, 3-striped palm squirrels)not rats.
I thought I saw a rat in a tree, but not sure. We wouldn't be surprised if there was vermin as room service cups etc were left outside doors every day for up to 2 days, which was annoying.
Food - hated the buffet. It was the quality of takeaway curries in the UK and was not kept warm enough. We went a la carte, ate in the Fish Market and also the other floating restaurants (Stephen's is amazing)- for the sake of a fiver, we weren't going to be stuck with the bland buffet and really enjoyed them all.
Staff - there seems to be an air of malaise among many staff, especially in the restaurant. Apparently they are earning about a pound a day, so no wonder. But the boys in the sunken bar have got their act together and know that they'll earn more in tips if they look after guests well, which they did. Housekeeping were lovely and sweet, too.
Other guests - we felt that UK tourists were way down the management priority list. Top priority was given to locals. At the weekend this was couples, who kept themselves to themselves, but at the end of our stay, a group of about 20 Indian lads were on a work's conference and did what we all do at the end of a work conference - mess about in the pool and get very drunk. This may be ok in a big hotel, but in a small complex, it spoils the atmosphere - e.g. mobile phones by the pool on break times and then a 'private' disco by the water bungalows that could be heard all across the resort! All the Germans were on Ayurveda breaks and had special menus and so seemed to get better service in the restaurant and the best times for the Ayurveda treatments, which were great. Facilities were slightly grubby, but more private than experienced in Marari.
If we'd never experienced a luxury holiday before, we probably would have been impressed, but we have seen much better. It has the potential, but needs better management to make sure it fulfils that for all guests. Would we recommend it? Not really.
would not go
We have just come back having spent a week in a Floating cottage at Poovar Island. The bathroom was small and needed refurbishing. The hot water for the shower was supplied via a small water heater consequently the hot water did not last very long. It was until the 3rd day of our stay that we spoke to the Restaurant manager, who confirmed that there were, four different menus available, A la Carte, Poolside, Buffet and the AP (which was available to half board and full board guest only). The food was ok. The grounds of the hotel and the pool area were very nice and well kept. There was building work taking place, but this away from the main area, we did experience some noise from the work-taking place, but it was fairly minimal
The waiters are very friendly although 50% were trainees and inexperienced.
There were no ‘Information’ pack in our cottage and the reception staff only provided limited information if asked.
This resort should clearly not be classed as 4*. Although overall we enjoyed our stay I would not go back or recommend this resort.
Well we went to poovar island on the 17th feb.
Airport ok slow immigration but all in all ok. 40min bus ride then 10mins on a boat all ok.
We had a floating cottage really nice to experience this and lovely to chill as the sun went down. The rooms are ok take hangers not lots of storage. No rats as we had been told, great air con and fan to keep cool. Cleaning of rooms ok. Water can come up high but we put a sunbed to walk on. Water out side clean and children do come by and ask for pens and sweets very funny to see them swim off holding there treats. just say no and smile they are not rude children, love to chat and play football with you on the beach.
Pool ok slow service. We only had breakfast here but that was ok. We ate at the floating resterants nothing to do with the hotel. Sea side and Karakkatu both nice but Stanley at the karakkatu is better the best food, you must ask for the prawns and barracuda done in a kasmir sauce the best tell him chris and Lyanne said. He is a lovely and very interseting man to talk too. We booked trips at seaside resterant and went to the back waters for 3 days you have to do this.
The main problem at the resort is the groups of students and buissness men who stay and get drunk and party at week ends such a shame.
Not ideal for people who want to have a little activety at the resort you just have a pool and thats it. No bar to enjoy at night and meet other people but The floating resterants are good fun. You get a boat at the end of the cottages and they take you. All you have to do is tell them which you want. If no boat is there you flash a torch or put your hand infront of the light.
I would say 2* but I did enjoy but you can get better hotels for the same price. Little chipmonks really sweet no rats no dogs dont know why people wrote about that. enjoy it for what it is lovely facials at treatment centre just relax.
I had read the previous reviews of Poovar Island and actually tried to change my booking but with no luck. We therefore decided to treat these reviews with an open mind and hope our stay would not be the same. We ended our holiday here in Mid December having done a spice tour through Kerela staying in some wonderful hotels, this was a five night stay to wind down before going home. My heart sank as soon as we arrived at the jetty, we had to haul our own bags onto the boat and take them back off at the other end. No-one showed us to reception we were left to find our own way. The reception staff left a lot to be desired very rude, literally throwing our passports back to us. At this stage I was nearly in tears because our experiences in the rest of the country could not have been so different. We had booked a water bungalow and my advice to anyone who has already booked one is to change it immediately, I am afraid that when we were left alone I did cry. The picture of the bungalow on the website is definately not accurate. Ours was very tatty, and decrepid, it had holes and I mean large holes in the floor covered by a dirty rug, there were dangling wires, what looked like bullet holes in the ceiling, dirty sheets and pillow case, a counterpane which looked filthy and had cigarette burns on it and an empty fridge which didnot look like it had been cleaned for years, we obviously were not to be trusted with a minibar. These are the most expensive rooms but to be frank they are not worth more than £10, needless to say we asked to be moved. They moved us into a brand new room which was totally different, clean, spacious with a huge bathroom with a double jacuzzi bath, although we didn't have any hot water the entire time we were there. If you must go to this resort ask for one of the new rooms, the other cottage rooms are dark and very tired. The spa looks like a run down fishermans cottage needless to say we did not try it. The beach is OK to go across to once but you will be pestered and it is filthy. The sea is too dangerous to swim in. This resort does actually have a lot of potential and they are in the process of building a new spa and bungalows and to be fair apart from two individuals the rest of the staff were very helpful especially Rex the general manager but at the moment I would stear clear of it, the previous comments are all true and whilst we made the most of our stay we would not go back and I would not recommend it. The only thing going for it at the moment is the area it is not touristy like the beaches further along which someone told me are a bit like Blackpool and it is very quiet and relaxing with wonderful bird life. If you do decide to go don't eat in the restaurant but use the two floating restaurants which are superb and very reasonable and the staff are so friendly this was the highlight of our holiday watching the sun set with a beer in our hands and a lovely curry on it's way.
Poovar Island Resort
Those of you who have stayed at the Poovar Island Resport, please advise if the boat service from the Island to the Mainland is a regular service, does it run late in the evening and early in the morning. Also advise do they charge for this service
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You may want to check out the "www.tripadvisor.co.uk" fourum for reviews on poovar...........hope they dont put you off!!!!!!!
Hi, does anyone have firsthand knowledge of the 'Poovar Island Resort' and the Estuary Island Resort' on Poovar Island? I have read good and bad things about Poovar Island Resort, and nothing about Estuary. Anyone been to or seen both? Thanks!
Has anyone been to the village of Poovar (sometimes spelt Puvar)? If so, any tips, advice or tales about the place? Has anyone stayed at Wilsons Beach resort on Poovar Island? Thanks for any feedback.
we stayed at wilsons beach resort at Poovar (pronounced Pooar) 4 years ago it is a distance from anywhere, if you want to leave the resort you have to take the resort boat to the main road and then a taxi (bargain hard) to where you want to go, for escapeism it is quite good but if you like to visit bars and restaurants forget it,the 2 or 3 resorts at Poovar are all that is there.
The food was good and when they lay local entertainment on it can get "interesting"
We combined our holiday there with a 1 week visit to the Lakshadweep islands during the 2nd of three weeks and when we got back to Poovar for the 3rd week we got so bored that we booked into a seafront room at Kovalam for a couple of days.
The resort is fairly well kept and the food is good, the swimming pool needed attention (broken tiles), and the staff great if you need to know more email me
Would recommend you the Poovar Island Resort which falls in the deluxe category with a lot of services and facilities. Might as well split your itinerary with a few days at Kovalam too. Would like to help if you are interested. Services are listed at www.toursamasco.com..you may contact me at email@example.com
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unfortunately the Poovar island resort is booked for the time i want to go...it was first choice but have now booked wilsons resort. thanks anyway.
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Thanks Nick, thats really helpful. Definitely will be doing a few side trips away from the resort. would *love* to visit the lakshadweep islands but on a bit of a budget this year. How was the beach and surrounding area at Wisons? Is it as beautiful asit looks in pictures? How were the rooms at the resort?
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Thanks for all the help and advice. Wilsons was in a great location but I think the owner has let his standards slip. I am used to 'basic' accommodation but this place was just plain scruffy and in a bad state of disrepair. Rumour has it that the owner had sold the resort about 2 months prior to our visit and was basically just seeing things through to the end of the season...not sure what his game was but Mr Wilson was pretty unhelpful and didn't seem to care much for his guests happiness and satisfaction.
I wouldn't really recommend this place to someone for a holiday, maybe a couple of nights maximum...but even then the prices Mr Wilson quotes to independent travellers is high for what you get in return. Try the Isola Di Cocco next door for full on luxury at about the same price as Mr Wilson wants to charge!