In a glittering ceremony conducted on Nov 2nd, 2007, Kumarakom Lake Resort defended its status as India’s Leading Resort by taking home the trophy for the second year running at the World Travel Awards 2007.
The World Travel Awards is perhaps the travel industry’s most coveted event with awards rewarded in over 1000 different categories, making it the most comprehensive award ceremony in the world. And Friday’s ceremony was even more special as it was the first time India hosted the event that gave away the awards for Asia, Australasia and the Indian Ocean. The event was held at the Leela Palace Kempinski in Bangalore and was attended by over 200 travel professionals, VIPs, celebrities and media from 16 countries across the region.
A heritage luxury resort, Kumarakom Lake Resort is in the tiny island hamlet of Kumarakom, an area famous for its unique ecosystem. Set by the banks of the immense Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom Lake Resort has carefully recreated a bygone era by its timeless shores. Fifty-nine heritage villas and rooms echo the grandeur of the past, being constructed using bits and parts of the traditional Kerala homesteads, some dating back 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 for maximum seclusion. The Luxury Pavilion Rooms, tucked away amidst lush greenery offer an ambience that is at once cosy and imposing.
Kumarakom Lake Resort is no stranger to accolades. It has been nominated earlier for the World Travel Awards, besides being the winner of ‘India’s Leading Resort, 2006’. It has also won awards for architectural excellence and the Wall Street Journal had once famously referred to it as ‘the place for a holiday pamper’.
The World Travel Awards were conceived in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Now in their fourteenth year, 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 by fellow professionals and travel industry insiders from across the globe.