If Happiness is a beach in Kerala which do you prefer
Kerala has become a lot more popular with holidaymakers of all nationalities, and it is becoming more difficult to find empty beaches, as the image B. immediately above shows at Kovalam.
I just love empty tropical beaches, and I especially love them when viewed from a quality hotel, and that is exactly what the image A. shows.
The view is from the delightful Niraamaya Retreats a superb boutique hotel, suitable for families, and romantic enough to be a great choice for a honeymoon
Very rarely will I visit a hotel and have it exceed my expectations. This beautiful resort not only took our breath away but it was the perfect escape from reality. The staff were friendly and offered some of the best hospitality I’ve ever witnessed. The food was delicious
Described as The Best Boutique Hotel on a Beach in Kerala
If you long to luxuriate in a peaceful, exotic beachside setting, then Surya Samudra is a great bet.
Set in 20 acres of landscaped gardens, the polished dark-wood cottages were reconstituted by local craftsmen from 100-year-old traditional Keralan homes, and are now surrounded by coconut plantations.
Spaced well apart, they perch on a hillside overlooking the Arabian Sea. Perfect for honeymooning, deep relaxation or working on your next opus, all have been soundproofed and are beautifully appointed, with your own writing desk should you feel inspired.
While the 2 beaches to either side of the rocky promontory on which the hotel sits are not private, they are very quiet and secluded.
There’s also a delicious jade-coloured infinity pool with underwater sculptures which segues into the ocean below, plus a beautiful Ayurvedic spa and cliff-edge yoga platform for reducing you to a puddle of serenity.
The food served up in the 2 sea-view restaurants (or anywhere else you like) is a tasty feast of Keralan and Western dishes. And, as an added bonus, you can rest assured that the management is dedicated to minimising the hotel’s environmental footprint.
The best things about the Niraamaya Retreats
1. A stunning clifftop location with dramatic sea views beside 2 secluded and near-private beaches (yet only 12km from the hustle and bustle of Kovalam)
2. Beautiful Karl Damschen-designed wooden cottages – cool and dark when the shutters are closed, bright and cheerful when they’re open
3. Great for couples and families alike, rooms are very private and there’s lots of space to spread out
4. Two sea-view restaurants serving up authentic Keralan dishes and fresh seafood
5. Elegantly-appointed and comprehensive Spa Niraamaya and daily yoga classes
The worst things about the Niraamaya Retreats
1. Set on a steep hill and are low-lit at night – but there are electric buggies for guests and an escort with a torch at reception
2. The sea has strong currents and pounding waves: flag signify when it’s safe to swim
3. The hotel has a drinks license for beer and wine, but if you’ll have to bring anything stronger yourself
4. It’s not cheap, and the extras can add up
“You need this spot. A beautiful Indian seaside getaway that isn’t in stoner-dreadie-covered-in-bindis-crashing-into-cows-on-their-mopeds Goa. Surya Samudra was always lovely, but it also needed a thorough frisking. And so it has emerged, just as charming but way more polished. There’s a villa feel, with old individual Keralan houses scattered high atop a bluff – beach to the left of you and beach to the right. On the headland in the far distance, bathed in the dusk light, stands a mosque that looks for all the world like a colossal, elaborate wedding cake for Goliath. Everything happens outside, so you’re kissed by sea breezes as you tuck into tiny spinach-stuffed potatoes and tamarind kingfish curry to coo over. The spa is a smacker too – the vibe here is all ayurveda-lite.”
How to get here
Niraamaya Retreats is set on a tropical beach in Kerala on the southern tip of India.
Trivandrum Thiruvananthapuram International (23km away) is the nearest airport; the hotel offers rates:IS002:transfers] from here and also has a fleet of taxis and drivers for day trips.
“This resort is exceptionally beautiful as the location is exquisite and there is access to a clean, virtually deserted private beach. The service was not quite up to the standard of some of the other hotels we stayed at in India and the food was a little disappointing but I would stay here again as it is the most beautiful beach side resort I have ever stayed at.”