For the third year in a row, Kumarakom Lake Resort has been declared India’s Leading Resort at the World Travel Awards 2008. At a glittering ceremony held on June 19th 2008 at Shanghai, China, the heritage luxury resort was handed out this accolade.
Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards is a prestigious event with trophies awarded in 919 different categories, making it the most comprehensive travel award ceremony in the world and the fifteenth year of the event was attended by over hundreds of travel professionals, VIPs, celebrities and media from countries across the region. Miss World, Chinese Zi Lin Zhang, was the Guest of Honour, presenting some of the key awards while TV presenter Varun Sharma of BBC World was the host for the evening.
A heritage 5 star luxury resort, Kumarakom Lake Resort is in the tiny island hamlet of Kumarakom, renowned the world over for its unique ecosystem. Set by the banks of Kerala’s famed backwaters, Kumarakom Lake Resort has carefully recreated a bygone era by its timeless shores. Fifty-nine heritage villas and rooms echo the grandeur of yesteryear, being constructed using bits and parts of traditional Kerala homesteads, some dating back over 2 centuries. Its Ayurveda spa, Ayurmana, is a green leaf certified spa housed in a 200 year old nalukettu and its multicuisine restaurant, is actually a palatial Ettukettu of equal antiquity.
Luxury has been given special emphasis all through the resort, as is obvious through two if its newest offerings – the Heritage villas with Private Pool, which offer a personal pool and Jacuzzi attached to each villa, enclosed in its own private courtyard. The Luxury Pavilion Rooms, tucked away amidst lush greenery offer an ambience that is at once cozy yet infinitely striking.
Anointed as ‘the place for a holiday pamper’ by the Wall Street Journal, Kumarakom Lake Resort is no stranger to accolades. Besides being the winner of ‘India’s Leading Resort, 2006’ and 2007 it has also won awards for architectural excellence.
The World Travel Awards were conceived to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Travel professionals and discerning travelers have come to regard the World Travel Awards as the very best endorsement that a travel product could hope to receive. These Awards are especially coveted as, uniquely, the votes are cast globally by fellow professionals.