Poovar Island Resort
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best holiday ever in a great location and hotel with high standards.
"This was one of the best holidays my wife and myself have had anywhere in the world to date. Our stay for 2 weeks from 26th January was made exceptional by the hard work of the staff the good food clean and for India luxury accomodation. We miss the days round the pool and the tranquil backwaters and the surrounds. If you don't know the difference between a rat and a chipmonk stay away. If you prefer the med don't bother. Thank you again all of you on Poovar Island resort and Manos holidays and Mrgaret the rep fpr a great holiday."
- Travel date: Sat 18th of February 2006
Tranquil Keralan Retreat
"This Paradise by the water is a welcome retreat from the frenetic lifestyle of India. The location and facilities are unrivalled and compare with the best anywhere in the world. Comfort and varied cuisine plus incomparable genial staff make a visit here an essential part of your journey through this amazing land."
- Travel date: Sat 4th of February 2006
Had a great time.
"We arrived at Poovar Island Resort on the 5th January 06 and had a wonderfull 21 days of utter peace and quiet the staff were excellent especially Reg who arranged some excellent trips for us, the pool man (Sanjy) spoilt us by putting our towels out every morning. Food was lovely and the service was brilliant our rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable with hot running water which surprised us as we've travelled to India many times before without that luxury. We travelled with Manos and our rep Margaret was great. The wildlife around the Hotel was amazing. All in all it was a wonderfull holiday and an experience not to be missed. While we were there all the other guests felt the same as us. Wish we were back there now..............will go again."
- Travel date: Thu 2nd of February 2006
Heaven on Earth
"We stayed at Poovar Island Resort for 2 weeks. Right from the start, we both enjoyed a great holiday. We have already made plans to visit the resort again.
Hospitality extended to us was absolutely flawless and the biggest asset of the Resort is its big sprawling area. We both would go for a morning walk every day and enjoy the chirping of the birds and the rustling of the coconut leaves.It was indeed heaven on earth."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of January 2006
Many better places to stay!
"We have just returned from a 2 week stay in Poovar Island Resort. Like many other people, we seriously considered changing our accommodation to that of another hotel when we read the bad reports however this was not possible at such short notice.
Although we didnât personally experience rats in our room, we did see them playing on the roofs and their antics were the topic of conversation amongst guests at evening meal times. Those guests staying in the floating cottages, and those near the pool area complained of suitcases and footwear damaged by rats in their room. Food stuff in the rooms being eaten etc.
Rats were also seen scuttling across the floor of the floating restaurant.
Our tour operator (Manos) assured us they had received no bad reports but, frankly, I fail to see how this could be the case! Our rep was clearly aware of the problems, and took the rather flippant attitude (I thought) of stating âWhat do you expect when you stay somewhere remote like this?â She informed us that unless you complain when you get home, then any report you make while at the resort is not usually acted upon by the travel company.
The hotel management claimed to be dealing with the problem, but whatever it was they were doing did not appear to be having the desired effect during the time we stayed there. Personally, I think the stray dogs who camped outside of our room at nights acted as some sort of a deterrent to the rodent problem ~ also we were furthest away from the area where food was being served and from the ponds in which some of the rooms were situated.
Our room was kept clean and tidy by the domestic staff so no complaints there ~ but this is certainly NOT any 4* hotel. The general quality of the workmanship is very poor. None of the drawers in the room opened, light fittings were missing (wires poking out from the walls), there was none of the usual basics such as hair dryer or coffee making facilities and really âbasicâ is the only term to describe the accommodation. During our stay we visited a hotel belonging to the same group in Trivandrum (which is also listed as 4*) and there was simply no comparison.
The grounds of the hotel are poor ~ in fact âbuilding siteâ sprang to mind when we looked out of the window. Thankfully, our room was upstairs and so we didnât have to sit out on the balcony looking at the mess.
Balconies of the downstairs rooms are fairly spacious with hammocks, but upstairs room balconies vary from being large enough for 2 small chairs to barely big enough to stand on.
In the main the pool was clean, but again, there were fittings missing, and wires poking out under the water. Pool service? ~ like most of the service at this hotel forget it unless you have lots of time to wait!
The quality of the buffet food was quite good and A la Carte is available upon request, but unless you ask, you will pay full cost for this so its worth asking for a discount off the bill if you have already booked half board.
Asking seems to be the key word for anything you want at Poovar Island Resort ~ yes it is available, but no one seems to think to automatically provide it! And be prepared to wait a long time for it to arrive.
Wine is available at around Â£18-Â£20/bottle, but you can buy the exact same brand from the local liquor store for around Â£4! Sadly, there is no where other than at meal tables to sit quietly with a drink in the evenings although room service is available (at a price).
Although we enjoyed our holiday, this was in the main down to us getting out and about and using the resort more as a base than anything else.
Would we go back there? NO. Would we recommend it to others? NO."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of January 2006
"this is the most awful hotel i have ever stayed in my life.The hotel owns itself a name of 4* but it is not the truth.Here the their own employees tell that they have cheated the government of india for getting the 4* brand.This place is not for the newly married and other foreigners they ogle at the other people and make a mess of it.Even the other people who stayed with us complained the same and i feel very sorry for those who visit it.Then the managers are highly immatured and their approach towards the guests are poor and to add more mess of it they fight in front of the guests in the reception.Stay away from it.pleaseeee....."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of January 2006
"We have just returned from Poovar Island and enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a floating cottage, which is slightly smaller than the land rooms, but this is more than compensated by the fantastic views in the afternoon/evening as the sun sets. Yes, the local kids do come up to the balcony, but if ignored quickly leave. There was plenty of hot water for showers and the room was well serviced each day.
We ate in the hotel's restaurant which was very average, the hotel's seafood restaurant which is also very average, but we enjoyed all our meals on the two floating restaurants which are not operated by the hotel. Better prices, better food and much better atmosphere. We understand these are only moored in the lagoon during high season, November to April. The hotel prices are high for drinks (indifferent wine at Â£20 a bottle!) but the floating restaurants' prices are more in line with the tourist cafes at Kovalom. We went on one trip organised by the hotel rather than our tour operator which was very good, included more activities and sights than the tour operator equivalent trip and costed approximately 30% less.
At the time of our stay there were very few children staying, the other guests were mainly couples and although there were a few grumbles about the hotel, most were enjoying their holiday. It is very isolated, but easy to get to taxis and other parts of Kerala. We took advantage of the Auyvedic Centre and had several excellent treatment sessions and enjoyed the morning yoga sessions.
The wildlife is abundant in the resort which added to our enjoyment, we did not have any wildlife in our cottage, but one land room attracted a chipmonk each morning who was happily fed biscuits by the resident guests.
The staff did their best, sometimes slow by Western standards, but we took that into account and accepted it. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."
- Travel date: Wed 25th of January 2006
"We travelled on 5/1/06 having read the the reviews posted since November 2005. My wife didn't want to go because of these reviews, but we decided to go and make our own minds up.
We had a great time. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was excellent (we took lots of immodium etc and never used any. I would warn that if you don't like curry then you may struggle to eat from the buffet, but you only need to ask (with a smile) and the kitchen will prepare you something. I had no complaints.
My wife doesn't eat curry and although she struggled from time to time she usually managed to eat something.
We never saw any live wiring sticking out and as far as the building work is concern, you really wouldn't know unless you went looking for it.
There was only a few children there when we visited and there wasn't a problem with noise.
The sunset cruise (on a "Indian Gondala") is brilliant and the scenery around the resort is stunning.
This is India, you may have to wait for your drink to be served, but you are on holiday so relax and smile and you'll have a great time."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of January 2006
Out of the World really
"This resort has an edge as its close to the sea and backwaters both. We enjoyed here for two weeks and felt it was less. Very courteous service, good food and of course a great location."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of January 2006
"I stayed at Poovar Island Resort with my wife and kid. We enjoyed it to the core. The location is fantastic and the staff have been extremely friendly and helpful. Its worth the money ladies and gentlemen."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of January 2006