This is a superb beach lodge set in 18 acres of shady lawns with 18 lovely thatched cottages scattered through gardens whose highlight is a fabulous 70ft pool overlooking the sea.
There is a morning yoga class as well as private lessons and Ayurvedic treatments in a spa. The hotel even has its own rice barge so you can explore the tranquil backwaters that are off the beaten trail.
The cottages are large and all the furniture has been lovingly created by local craftsmen. There are modern touches as well: an iPod dock, a charger adaptor, a hairdryer and filtered water. Bathrooms open up to the sky, with walk-in showers and double sinks.
Delicious meals are served in the relaxed beach restaurant, Meenaski and there is a more formal restaurant, Annapurna, located in the gardens.
Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife.