Ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.8 out of 5
77% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
by Sam from San Francisco

Does not match expectations!

Posted 06-May-2014
Pros: Good views, nice secluded beach
Cons: Lot of things - see my earlier section
First of all, the hotel is not at Kovalam as claimed. It is about 15 km away which takes over 30 min drive in Kerala. It does not look like a professionally run place - it is more like a 'missionary' set up where most guests and the staff seem to be connected to some christian group. The good thing is some of the revenues from the hotel is used to support an orphanage and other social support activities, but I guess most travelers coming for a vacation are not in that mind set. There is no bar or room service. Connectivity is very poor - both phone and internet. They have a wifi but very weak coverage. The rooms are very bare and some do not have air conditioning - I got a shock when they claimed on check in that I had not 'specifically booked' an A/C room. Had to argue a lot to get one. Rooms have no safes and if you need one you have to use the ones at the reception. Further there i was no coffee brewing facility in my room and with no room service, it was a long trek to get a morning coffee!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Mugs from London, UK

Posted 20-Dec-2013
Rooms are kept spotless, but are simple: wooden 4-poster beds with mosquito nets, mine had no aircon (a big bonus in my view), heavy wooden chairs, no fridge. Views are beautiful over the palms to the sea. On the downside (upside?), they no longer sell any alcohol, and food is decidedly ayurvedic - i.e. the big buffet at lunch and dinner is made of the most delicious vegetarian ingredients and has spectacular flavours, but doesn't have any fish or meat. But you can get those a la carte. It's really well-run so naturally lots of people have found it now, and the majority seem to come for treatments. The lack of beer and the focus on spa/ pampering makes the whole ambiance very chilled and relaxed. There's few kids here that I saw but it is (and was) perfectly suitable, though the waves on the beach tend to be massive, and kids would need to be carefully watched. Staff are particularly helpful and kind, without there being too much bowing and scraping. It's really a great place."
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Laura from Delhi

Posted 03-Dec-2013
Pros: Very clean, well-cared for, good food, affordable
Location: Lovely walk along a rocky coast, but be careful, some parts are steep.
3 out of 5
by Pradeep from Mumbai

exceptional location all else downhill

Posted 20-Nov-2013
Pros: Location .
Cons: Food menu , drinks and service.
Location: Well just what Kerala is famous for.
Location gets a 9 . Veg food gets a 5 and no non veg food except on wed & sat (dinner) so take that. Staff is pleasant but could do with more little more heart. Room was good but the arrangement was made in spite being clearly mentioned as 4 people. Only 2 (single) beds provided for 4 persons. No alcohol permit with the hotel. So overall good place minus the food and drinks. Hmm..........oh ya forgot to mention if you have to get decent non veg food then be ready to shell out 700buck for transport every time. I think that sums it up. Yeah.
3 out of 5
by adam from london

Beautiful setting, but an acquired taste!

Posted 10-Nov-2013
Pros: Beautiful location and fantastic beach. Attentive staff and restful atmosphere. The link to the next door orphanage is a definite positive.
Cons: Restaurant staff are lovely and highly enthusiastic, but possibly too keen. The food fine but becomes repetitive quickly.
Location: The stunning Nirmaya Spa next door has a great restaurant and bar if you desperately need a drink!
We booked the Bethsaida for a few nights at the end of our holiday, having travelled along the coast and previously stayed at the next door Niramaya Spa Resort. Bethsaida's photos looked beautiful, and the setting and location are, indeed, stunning. Probably through a combination of haste, intermittent wifi and a lack of clear information, we booked this room expecting a conventional resort. Only once we arrived did we discover that this is an 'Ayurvedic spa'. As a result, please don't expect alcohol, late night parties or particularly indulgent food. This could be made clearer in the promotional information. The resort and facilities are lovely, but it's unusual slant meant a slightly odd, puritanical atmosphere. We felt a little like naughty school children and ended-up sneaking off-site in the evening to have fun.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Peter

Mainly a health resort

Posted 10-Apr-2013
This is a lovely hotel, but essentially this is a health resort hotel, with most people coming for ayurvedic treatments. So there's no alcohol, smoking is heavily frowned on and lots of guests are spending the day wandering around in gowns after their treatments, which is a bit ... weird. But if you want a healthy few days (or specific Ayurvedic treatment) it is a gorgeous place, beautifully designed an a beautiful beach.
3 out of 5
for Spa
by A verified traveller

Not what it used to be

Posted 12-Feb-2013 on Hotels.com
I stayed here 3 years ago and loved it so much I fought to stay here this time...I should not have bothered. The location is stunning and the resort is beautiful beyond your dreams and it has it's own private beach which you can just walk onto BUT the service of the staff is poor and inconsistent. They seem less professional than other similar resorts and almost seem not to care. You never know what you will get at every turn with the food, the room cleaning, the reception staff etc...they need to go back to square one and train the staff.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Zeynep from London, UK

Very nice resort

Posted 11-Jan-2013
It is a great location to relax and unwind... The hotel has its own beach and the premises are well kept.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Satish KR from Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Wonderful place with sea view.!

Posted 31-Dec-2012
Pros: Favourite thing was beach which is attached to hotel.
Location: Location is awesome..!
Bethsaida Hermitage is a wonderful place for holiday. The rooms are very big with sea view and the lawn in front of room gives a relaxed and pleasant moment. Beach is attached to the property and it looks private property of hotel. Only suggestion is hotel needs to add some more varieties to their dinner and breakfast buffet. The assorments are less in buffet compared to other hotel. Overall it was a great experience.
4 out of 5
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