Enveloped in lush greenery, this heavenly retreat is located by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea at Kovalam, a beach town in the sourthern Indian state of Kerala. Base yourself here and you can explore one of the country’s most captivating regions, rich in wildlife and traditional culture. Only 12km from the bustling state capital, Trivandrum, it’s easy to explore local life from here, as well as the stunning beaches, backwaters and nature parks
A daily diet of yoga, spa therapies and healthy eating is guaranteed here thanks to the resort’s calming environment and ayurvedic principles that date back thousands of years. Therapists trained in the ancient Indian healing system, as well as Thai and Western techniques, will provide you with treatments to engage and relax mind, body and soul. You can also tailor your meals in accordance with a cleansing diet. Personal consultations with a spa doctor are offered too.
A wonderful selection of 31 Keralite heritage homes awaits you at the resort, fusing weathered wood with stylish contemporary interiors. Shades of cream, ochre and white adorn the plush furnishings, with dark wood floors and furniture to match. Heritage Premium rooms are lavishly decorated, with carved pillars, open-air baths and showers, and unhindered views of the sea. The Octagon Room is a traditional stone house with its own private sun deck, four-poster bed and stunning sea views.
Hands-on cooking classes with a chef will show you how to prepare local dishes that will be perfect for recreating back home. Choose from an afternoon session or seven-day course. Or, with the capital so close by, why not take a trip to Trivandrum to immerse yourself in its temples and traditions? Tours take you to local markets, the intricately carved Kuthiramalika Palace, and Ganapathy temple. You can also take trips to see bathing elephants, or travel through the mangroves and backwaters by boat to see the amazing Golden Sands Beach.
Its tables perched at the cliff’s edge, Essence restaurant combines thrilling views with bold flavours and the fiery spices of the East. If the potent local cooking gets too much, the global cuisine of Café Samsara is perfect for both lunch and dinner, set on a tiled patio with the ocean just below you. You can also relax with a drink and watch the sun set from Madira, a bar with an ambience as sublime as the expertly mixed cocktails.
Pulinkudi, Mullur PO,ThiruvananthapuramKeralaIndia