Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India

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Vivanta by Taj at Bekal in Northern Kerala opened in 2012 offering luxurious hospitality. A unique destination resort designed by renowned Grounds Kent Architects from Australia. An exploration of the Kovalam backwaters was done by principal Architect, Martin Grounds while the landscape was designed by a famous landscape enthusiast and tropical landscape designer Made Wijaya. 

Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India
Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India
Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India

The resort is located on a meandering Kerala back water, in a lush and exciting natural environment with direct beach access embracing the luxury. The wondrous architectural styling inspired by the Kettuvallam houseboats that are unique in the region, the resort exudes a romantic rustic charm by offering all the facilities. The Accommodation includes 73 Villas including 4 suites, 4 Spa Suites and 1 Presidential Suite, Banquet Halls, Restaurant and Ivory Elephant Bar.

Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India
Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India
Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India

Vivanta by Taj at Bekal in Northern Kerala opened a luxurious, unique destination resort designed by renowned Grounds Kent Architects from Australia. Vaulted ceilings in the villa rooms, Taj bekal is a mesmerising beauty in and out drenched in luxury. The Grande Jive Spa set amongst swaying cashew trees and coconut palms subtly echoes traditional Indian design within a luxurious environment, evoking a great sense of  peace and tranquillity. 

Vivanta by Taj at Bekal is a new way to experience modern South India

Once greeted at reception, guests will enjoy a short wait on a plush, oversized couch in the lobby  with a view over sparkling water ponds before meeting with an appointed professional spa therapist. Moving through the arrival area, four iridescent water ponds surround a ritualistic havan fire, an  eternally burning flame centred in the middle of a serene stone pavilion. The location of the fire  also acts as an epicentre connecting the other spa pavilions, from which four separate pathways lead.  The courtyard villas, deluxe suites, offer an extensive architectural detailing of fine vaulted ceiling with an enchanting facade immersed in luxury with a traditional tinge.

Fact Sheet:

Typology: Resort- Hospitality

Project: Taj Bekal Resort & Spa

Location: Bekal, Kerala

Firm Name: Grounds Kent Architects 

Design Team: Martin Grounds, Jeff Treverton, Nick Juniper, Judy Maloney (ID) 

Site Area: 96,315m2

Built Area: 8,829m2

Completion of Project:  2012

Photo Credit: Taj Bekal Resort & Spa

Written by Drashti Patel

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