Need to know
18, including one suite.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 11am.
Double rooms from $184.62 (INR11,900), excluding tax at 28 per cent.
Rates do not include à la carte breakfast (INR850 for a Continental selection, INR850 for hot dishes). A two-night minimum stay is required for stays between 20 December and 4 January.
For a peaceful spot to practice your new transcendental meditation techniques, sit by the garden’s lotus ponds.
The hotel is closed annually from 1 to 31 July.
At the hotel
Public beach, spa and beachside yoga pavilion, cookery school, gardens, laundry, parking, free WiFi. In rooms: double bed, desk, air-conditioning, black-out curtains and Kama Ayurveda bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Prema: Love cottage is indeed rather romance rousing; it’s the only cottage with a private pool, and the couple-sized bath tub sits in the open air, overlooking the garden’s greenery. Cosy up in the hammock, admire the sea views with a glass of wine and revel in its utter seclusion.
The unheated infinity pool looks out to sea. Surrounded by gently swaying palms, coir-thatched parasols and sunloungers on a stone deck, it’s perfectly peaceful. Staff serve snacks and refreshments from the little pool bar throughout the day.
If your cosmic life force needs a little zhuzhing or your circadian rhythms are out of whack, the Priya Ayurvedic Spa’s treatments will cure your ills. The four treatment rooms have verdant views from floor-to-ceiling windows, and all-natural herbal products (from the Sahayadri Foundation) are used in a range of massages, reflexology and facials. Recline in a soothing milk or flower bath, primp with a mani-pedi or get bendy in the free yoga classes (daily, from 8am to 8.45am; advanced classes available on request). Ashtanga (a two- to five-day course) and pranic energy meditation (an hour-long session) are offered to inner-peace seekers, or go on a four-day journey through transcendental meditation.
Bring a suitcase filled with swish yoga wear and bright, breathable statement pieces. If you’re sceptical about wellness philosophies, bring an open mind.
In deference to local culture, red meat is off the menu. There’s an embargo on fizzy drinks and spirits too.
Peaceful reflection, romantic sunrises, serene soul seeking: this is more of a sedate adult stay; however, an extra bed can be added to all cottages (INR3,150 from 16 April–15 October and INR4,200 from 16 October–15 April – some special rates apply).
With LED lightbulbs, environmentally sound products, locally sourced food and on-site recycling, the hotel ticks the requisite boxes for ethical practices.