Abad Whispering Palms Lake Resort, Kumarakom
New Nazarath Road, Konchumada, Kottayam, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563
Phone Number 0-4812523824 www.abadhotels.com
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The location of the property is right on the Lake Vembanad. We had a room which looked straight onto the lake and boy! was that an experience to write home about!! You wake up in the mornings to an uninterrupted view of the serene lake waters. Take a cup of tea onto the patio if you have a lake room (or to the benches lining the water front if you don\'t have a room on the lake - these are accessible to all the hotel guests) and sip the morning away. In the afternoons, although it is too hot to go outside, a seat on the patio with the wind rustling through the trees and over the lake is an experience enough to blow your blues away. And blues there will be, owing to the restaurant\'s poor service.
I stayed at two of Abad’s properties- Abad Plaza at MG road, Kochi and then at Abad Whispering Palms at Kumarakom in the first week of Nov 2009. Though I found the first one- a 3 star property- worth the money, I kept wondering how Whispering Palms can pass of as a 4 star. The first thing that I noticed upon reaching the resort was the tacky (I thought so) attire of the entire male staff. Everybody from the receptionist to the waiter at the restaurant to the bellboy was dressed in the same dress- a garily printed shirt with dull colored trousers with the shirt not tucked in- looked straight out of some 70s Malayam movie in yeoman colors. The next letdown was that the resort has only one restaurant-the Granary. Even Abad Plaza, a 3 star property had a choice of 2 restaurants. Now to give the granary a local look it has a very high wooden ceiling which makes it look beautiful but difficult to air-condition- so it is not. The place would be difficult to have food in during the hot summer days. Now for the food- the buffet spread though not lavish was decent but hardly had any south Indian dishes. When enquired about this we were told that since most of the guests were from the north this was done to please them. Well then why make a restaurant only look local and then not serve local dishes there. Also except one Mr. Rajesh who was the highlight of our stay there none of the other waiters could speak decent English- come on I am having food in a four star resort here- and one of those idiots ended up ruining our meal when we had to order because the buffet was cancelled. He just couldn’t properly explain any of the dishes on the menu. Now for the accommodation. I had opted for their bamboo pool villa. The villa is very beautiful when seen from outside. A cute wooden door leads to a small lawn at the entrance and the very pretty private pool is situated behind the villa. The inside of the villa though is very basic and not at all plush. Cleanliness and maintenance is top-notch though. The pool though private is nothing but an overgrown bath tub. It does have a Jacuzzi feature to compensate for its size. The bathroom is open to air and quiet clean but again instead of running hot water it has a 20L geyser which is just enough for one person to have a hot shower and that too not a very long one. The next person will then have to wait another 15 or so minutes for the water to get hot so he can have his short shower- did I hear 4 star????. Also these bamboo pool villas are located a little away from the reception and the pathway leading to it is so dimly lit after dark that I was happy I carried my flashlight along. There is a cabin close to these villas supposedly to be manned by a watchman but I never found one inside. The lights of the villa including the ones of its entrance do not come on till you put in the roomkey (keycard) in its slot. So if you enter the villa after coming back from dinner you have to walk a dimly lit pathway into a completely dark cottage, somehow put in the keys using the light from your cellphone, find the bloody slot for the keycard inside and viola you have light- how convenient!! The same thing happens when you leave for dinner- the moment you take the keycard out of its slot the whole villa immediately plunges into darkness- even Abad Plaza had a timer so that the lights went off after some time allowing an easy exit- but not here. Also the switches for the umpteen lights inside the villa are so ill designed that even the bellboy was thoroughly confused. A special mention has to be made of the keycard provided- it is one of the lousiest keycards I have ever seen. It’s made of plastic and looks utterly cheap- not becoming of a 4 star resort. One of the best things here is the courteous and hospitable staff. Everybody was very polite and service was excellent. Room service was one of the quickest I have seen and the guys who cleaned up our room filled up all our bottles in addition to the drinking water flask provided. Our private pool was teeming with insects in the morning but was promptly and thoroughly cleaned upon request while we had our breakfast. Other Activities: The resort has a small gym, a massage centre, a play area for kids and, some birds moving about the resort to amuse you. The infinity pool is good and quite clean after 10 in the morning after they remove all the dead insects floating which collect in it overnight because of the greenery around. You could laze around the pool all day watching beautiful houseboats go by. Even here I noticed that the cushions from all the sun loungers around the pool were removed and kept (most probably for cleaning) near the changing room. That is where they remained for the two days during our stay. There is a kiddy pool too. The resort also arranges 2 hour trips in its own boat to cruise the Vembanad Lake. Also if you have arranged a houseboat from Kumarakom you can board it directly from here- talk to the reception to arrange this for you. If you have a long stay you could go for walk to the nearby village or explore other resorts in the vicinity. Kumarakom Bird sanctuary has to be visited early in the morning- the resort can arrange for this too. Another option would be a one hour ride in speed boat which is also arranged by them. The Verdict: The resort itself is not very big and does not have much to keep you occupied for more than a day. The resort is the last one on the road in Kumarakom. If you do plan to stay here opt for the lake facing rooms close to the pool. I was there in the first week of November which happens to be season time but the resort was almost deserted – enough for them not to have buffet. However if you are hell-bent on having a private pool villa in Kumarakom then at Rs.12500 for a night with all meals included this is your cheapest option.
We stayed at this hotel from 8th-10th April 2015. The hotel's ambiance is very nice. The guests are welcomed in Traditional Kerala culture. This hotel is nicely built having lush green grass. We were allotted garden view room. The pool of hotel is very nice. Hotel has all modern facilities. Restaurant is very nice. Sea Shore is near the hotel. We enjoyed back water activity in the sea. All in all, a very nice experience
Hotel was very good. Rooms was neat and clean. It was very good hotel. Service was good. Management of hotel was very good. Including reception was also was very good. We enjoyed a lot in that hotel. Food and drinks was very good. Outlook was good. Parking also was very good. Next time if you come to this destination then we will stay in this hotel only. Everything was very good in this hotel we enjoyed a lot.
Our first visit to God\'s won country is remembered for ever painted on a canvas of green grass and dwarf cocoanut trees with back water lying next to it. Reached there at noon in sunshine, hospitality made it cool. Evening became pleasant with star studded sky glittering above and classical music vibrating around the swiming pool
Abad Whispering Palms Lake Resort is ranked #15 among the 233 hotels in Kumarakom with an average rating of 5.8 out of 7. It is one of the 13, 3-star Resorts in Kumarakom. It is part of the "Abad Group of Hotels" chain of hotels in India. On HolidayIQ, it has a total of 52 photos and 147 text reviews and is rated top for its Appearance, Room and Destination. It was also named winner of the Better Holiday Awards in 2017 under Great Location.
The online booking price of the hotel ranges between Rs 6,900 to Rs 8,000 per night. The hotel offer 42 rooms to check availability or to avail complimentary breakfast, we recommend contacting the hotel to check if the final tariff includes it.
The ambience and the location of the hotel makes it a suitable option for variety of travellers. Family (48%) and Couple (39%) are the most common type of travellers that like to stay here. 62% of guests enjoy the hotel's relaxed environment, whereas 29% have rated the ambience as romantic.
Although the hotel is a suitable stay option throughout the year for travellers, book your accommodation in the months of Jan, Feb and Mar for the best experience.
Abad Whispering Palms Lake Resort is located at Chakrampady . Vembanad Lake (1 Km), Kumarakom Beach (2 Kms) and Kumarakom Backwaters (2 Kms) are some of the popular sightseeing attractions located near the hotel.
The hotel ensures you are well taken care of during your stay. By providing free wifi access, the hotel makes sure you are always connected to the internet. It has a lovely outdoor swimming pool where you can take a quick dip or just relax your muscles after a long day of sightseeing.
Other amenities include Doctor On Call, Laundry Services, Restaurant, Complimentary, Free breakfast and Room Service. For checkin and checkout time, we suggest contacting the hotel.
If you are in need for airport transfers or require a car for sightseeing around the city or you have to do an early check-in, then we recommend contacting the hotel directly and requesting for these additional services. All of the available amenities ensure your stay is enjoyable and free from any hassles.