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, 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. Each villa door opens out into the pool! The two Presidential Suites are extremely exclusive, plum on the banks of the lake and each has 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, who strive 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.