Facing the captivating sweep of Eve’s beach, this luxury resort sits in the seaside town of Kovalam, its bohemian vibe underscored by the blissful expanse of the sea. Fringed by swaying palms, this lush landscaped property is just a short drive from the capital of Kerala, and the bustling streets and markets of Trivandrum are perfect for a day trip. Southern India is also packed with exciting places to visit, taking in the best of local culture, wildlife and the natural environment.
Ayurveda is practised at Turtle On The Beach’s spa, allowing you to sample the time-honoured techniques that balance mind, body and soul. Abhyangam is a soothing massage where warm oil and herbal powder is applied to the body. Athletes may want to try a Kalari massage, once used for warriors, where therapists use a rope to steady themselves as they work with their feet. Thai massages and chocolate body scrubs and wraps are on offer too, as are hot-stone massages using volcanic stones.
Choose between sea and garden view rooms that combine traditional design with a sleek, contemporary look. Beamed ceilings with fans, wooden furniture and warm fabrics create an oasis of cosiness and calm. Well-appointed bathrooms are stocked with comfy bathrobes and luxury amenities. You can spread out with a spacious suite too, including a Sky Suite offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, a terrace and a Jacuzzi. There’s also a villa that’s ideal for families.
With a stunning pool, surrounded by lush plantings, and a long stretch of beach, it would be easy to stay close to home. There’s so much more to see though, and staff here can arrange for you to take part in excursions to see everything from bathing elephants to art galleries (there’s a variety of Indian artworks scattered around the resort too). Day-trips might include the glittering Padmanabha Swami Temple, Sree Chithra Art Gallery with its valuable paintings, or renowned Shankumugham Beach. You can also head further afield to visit tea plantations, animal sanctuaries and to see the sunset from the southern cape.
Its interiors replete with sandstone carvings, stone basins and flower petals floating in water, Catamaran restaurant serves a generous international buffet, with an intimate atmosphere enhanced by the sea washing against the shore. Soak up the big blue over a freshly brewed coffee and pastries on the breezy terrace of the Library Lounge; while a light lunch or drinks are offered at Centre Point beside the pool. At Rumours the chefs create superb Mediterranean dishes, using fresh local seafood, including Lebanese, Greek and Moroccan specialities.
VPI/439 ITDC RoadKovalam 695527KeralaIndia