Most of the resorts in Kovalam never have an off season for them. That’s because Kovalam’s pristine beaches, vintage castles, beautiful churches, serene lake, and picturesque dam reservoirs pull in plenty of tourists every year.
Be it a honeymoon, a bachelor’s trip, or a family trip to Kovalam, select from the best Kovalam resorts within your budget and book in advance to ensure a comfortable, memorable stay.
To make you aware of the lavish and relaxing stay options in the city, I bring you an exclusive list of the 10 best resorts in Kovalam which are suited for every wallet size.
5 star resorts in Kovalam
1. The Leela Kovalam
Nestled on a cliff-top, The Leela Kovalam offers service-excellence and style-elegance to the all its guests. Just about 9 minutes’ walk from Hawah Beach, this one of the best resorts in Kovalam allures every guest; be it a family looking for an exuberant and enthralling holiday or a couple on their romantic and cosy honeymoon.
The resort is well known to provide the epitome of luxury with its love for palatial rooms, majestic décor, world-class dining, and warm hospitality.
What’s special: The Terrace – the 24 hours coffee shop by the infinity pool, and The Skybar. To have the best experience in the resort, ask the hotel to arrange for a dinner by the cliff side. It is enthralling and truly magical to view the sea from the clifftop and treat the taste buds with delicious Keralite cuisine.
Suggested suite: Enjoy a blissful stay at the Presidential Suite in The Club Category, if you can, to relax at the private sundeck and enjoy the magical beauty of the sea from the top.
Tariff: INR 11,000 onwards, per night
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2. Niraamaya Retreats-Surya Samudra
Niraamaya Retreats-Surya Samudra is a 5 star luxury holiday resort in Kovalam. One of the posh beach resorts in Kerala, it showcases traditional Keralan wood décor, stylish room interiors, and world class amenities. Surrounded by lush green plantations, Surya Samudra offers 31 heritage cottages which showcase a perfect blend of old world delight with contemporary style and conveniences.
What’s special: Indulge your taste buds at the cliff-top speciality restaurant – Essence; and chill out with a colourful cocktail in hand at the Madira Bar where the chief chef personally elaborates on the tinges of aromatic spices, herbs, and fresh ingredients used in the dishes. The resort also arranges for guided temple tours in the area.
Suggested suite: The Banyan Tree Bungalow is most fascinating and ideal room complete bliss and romance.
Tariff: INR 20,000 onwards, per night
3. Green Cove Resort by Taj Vivanta
Green Cove Resort is one of the best resorts in Kovalam, surrounded by the picture perfect Malabar-coastal landscape. The resort is sprawled over 10 acres and offers 59 hillside cottages with elephant-grass-thatched rooftops.
The best and one of the most luxurious beach resorts in Kovalam, The Green Cove by Taj Vivanta creates a healthy and tranquil ambience that revitalises and refreshes the mind, body, and soul.
What’s special: Experience and enjoy the boat ride in the lagoon and a cruise in the estuary called Poovar, specially the one organized by the resort. To make the stay romantic and idyllic, experience a moonlit dinner at Bait Restaurant. Try out their mouth-watering seafood delicacies and chill out under the starry sky with the rhythmic waves in the background.
Suggested suite: Presidential Nirvana Suite for its grand size, cosiness, sundeck, private pool, and finest sea view.
Tariff: INR 10,000 onwards, per night
4. Turtle on the Beach
This is one of the most sought after resorts in Kovalam on the list. Beach facing and marvellously designed, Turtle on the Beach attracts tourists for its ritzy ambience and pleasant Keralite hospitality such as starting with the traditional vermillion welcome.
The Zen-like lounge, stylish dark wood furnishings, sea-view from all the rooms, and lush green tropical gardens will make you crave for a longer stay at this boutique resort.
What’s special: Ayurvedic wellness therapies at the resort Spa refresh mind, body, and soul. Luscious food at the divine dining destinations like Rumours and Catamaran. The chief chef of the seafood-grill restaurant personally visit the nearby fishing harbours to pick the day’s catch and cook as per the guest’s choice.
Good news for non-vegetarians, be ready to try grilled and tandoori varieties of fresh local fishes, prawns, squid, mussels, lobster, anchovies and sardines. And mind you, slurrp is the word!
Suggested suite: For breath-taking sea view check-in at the Leisure Villa. It is cozy, elegant, and impressively spacious.
Tariff: INR 8,000 onwards, per night
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4 star resorts in Kovalam
5. Hotel Uday Samudra Leisure
Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa is a popular premium hotel in Kovalam. It has won several awards and recognitions like ‘World Luxury Hotel’ for its impeccable services and cordial, warm hospitality.
The rooms are airy, cozy, and comfortable with all contemporary amenities to guarantee a pleasing stay. The resort hotel has all basic facilities such as a swimming pool, a bar, and an admirable multi-cuisine restaurant. It is a fashionable and swanky hotel which merges luxury and essential amenities.
What’s special: Live cultural concerts of Kathakali, Bharatanatyam, Ghazzal and Live Band during dinner set the mood right for memorable vacations.
Suggested suite: Presidential Suite for its superb and unmatched facilities and picturesque view.
Tariff: INR 7,777 onwards, per night.
PS: The hotel offers fascinating Monsoon Package, Ayurveda Package, and Chill-Out Package. For more information on these offers, click here.
6. Estuary Island Resort
Snuggled between serene backwaters and a pristine beach in Poovar, Estuary Island is one of the best resorts in Kovalam. The surrounding backwater topography dotted with lush green mangrove vegetation will certainly sweep you off your feet. The surreal charm of the place endowed with swaying coconut groves, erected gazebos for honeymooners, swinging hammocks, and little decks for the relaxing siesta add up to the overall character of the resort.
The tranquillity of the resort will leave you awestruck. A stroll along the waterfront in the early morning or in the evening during sunset will prove to be one of the most cherishable holiday memories of your trip.
What’s special: Slurrpy seafood at the speciality restaurant located at the waterfront or at the deck is the highlight. To tempt your thrill-spree, sail with the fisherman in the estuary and experience the fun of angling.
PS: Deck dining can be arranged on advanced request, if weather is conducive.
Suggested Suite: Estuary View Rooms that are perched on the edge of a creek and offer the most breathtaking sight of the coastal inlet.
Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards, per night.
Note: Estuary Island has floated two tempting travel offers. For details check here.
7. Jasmine Palace Hotel
Hardly 8 minutes’ walk from Lighthouse Beach, Jasmine Palace is a standard resort in Kovalam. It is preferred for longer stays as it is much cheaper to the luxury resorts in Kovalam. The resort is endowed with all basic and essential amenities, urbane and decent interiors, and unruffled and soothing atmosphere.
Jasmine Palace boasts of traditional hospitality, professional services, remarkable cleanliness, and impressive maintenance. Proximity to all major beaches, local markets, and food joints are added advantages.
What’s special: Relaxing sauna facilities, happening poolside bar, and mouth-watering cuisines (both, local and international) at Palm Grove Café .
Suggested suite: Deluxe Room for their modern amenities and pool-side views
Tariff: INR 3,000 onwards, per night
8. Hotel Samudra
Hotel Samudra is one of the most popular and favorite resorts in Kovalam, preferred by the tourists of different categories. This KTDC property has been awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in 2015 by TripAdvisor.
Known for decent and essential facilities including spacious and well-equipped rooms, relaxing swimming pool, impressive restaurants, and standard amenities, this is the resort to bank upon if you’re looking for a relaxing and peaceful holiday which is not too heavy on your pocket.
What’s special: The hotel is the start point of all KTDC organized sightseeing tours in Kovalam. Pick your choice and experience a city excursion.
Suggested suite: Premium rooms for best view and spacious accommodation
Tariff: INR 3,000 onwards, per night
Some of these finest resorts in Kovalam lie along the beach, which is among the most beautiful and romantic beaches of Kerala.
Ayurvedic Resorts in Kovalam
9. God’s Own Country Resort
Located at Chowara, God’s Own Country Resort is acclaimed for its Ayurvedic therapies, tranquil ambiance, and soul rejuvenation. God’s Own Country Resort is one of the best resorts in Kovalam; it overlooks the sun-kissed sea and is surrounded by luxuriant plantations.
Also, it serves as a perfect holiday getaway for a complete nirvana. The idyllic serenity, simple yet elegant décor, and traditional hospitality together contribute to make it a perfect abode for distressed people. Its wide plethora of relaxing therapies, Ayurvedic treatments, and therapeutic packages attract guests from all over the world.
What’s special: Healing therapies for rejuvenation; relaxing yoga and meditation sessions; medicinal cure program for ailments like arthritis, osteoarthritis, paralysis, rheumatism, joint stiffness, spondylosis, and sports injuries. Coming to food, do try the Ayurvedic Restaurant for nutritious food and The Vegan restaurant for an organic diet.
Suggested suite: To unwind your soul and get the feel of century-old royal houses, stay at the Wooden Heritage Cottages.
Tariff: INR 4,000 onwards, per night
10. Somatheeram Health Resort
Somatheeram is the world’s first Ayurvedic Health Resort in Kovalam. The calm and peaceful environment is picture-perfect for traditional yoga, relaxing meditation, and natural healing treatments like dhara, vasthi, nasyam, kizhi, thalam, and lepanam.
The sprawling resort with a terraced layout and a jaw-dropping view of the shoreline has won many awards including ‘Best Ayurvedic Centre’ in Kerala for its perfect set-up and impeccable services.
What’s special: Ayurvedic restaurant, rejuvenation therapy, body purification treatment, slimming and stress management programme are the most popular ones.
Suggested suite: For an unforgettable stay experience, stay at Kerala Deluxe Suite.
Tariff: The room tariffs vary with different wellness packages. Check the tariff details here.
These best of Kovalam resorts ensure a charming and relaxing retreat to all their guests. If you pick from one of my recommendations on your next trip to Kerala, do share your experience!
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