Need to know
12, including one suite.
11am, but flexible for a fee, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $380.00, excluding tax at 29.2 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
Add to your sense of spiritual wellbeing by visiting the local schools and orphanage supported by the retreat – Shreyas, together with guest donations, provides teachers, internet access and drinking water.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, spa, gym, library, cricket nets, cinema room, kitchen gardens, laundry, free parking. In rooms: Biotique bath products, tea and coffee, and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Be at one with Mother Nature by booking one of the foliage-shrouded Garden Tented Cottages – each is secluded enough to feel as though it’s in its own tropical paradise, and has a wooden deck, and a bathroom that opens out onto the courtyard. Light sleepers, be warned: the canopied roofs let in a little more noise, so if a passing rumbling train is likely to interrupt your forty winks, choose a room in the main house.
There’s a frangipani-fringed infinity pool in the central courtyard, with a Jacuzzi. Dips are permitted until 10pm.
The spacious Anaha Spa has four Ayurveda therapy rooms, each with an attached steam room, four treatment rooms for Western massages, two for mud therapy and Thai massage, and a separate Naturopathy area with three rooms for hydrotherapy, acupressure and acupuncture; there are also two consultation rooms for the in-house Naturopath and Ayurveda doctors. Separate spa areas for men and women include two steam rooms and experiential showers, and there’s a salon for our signature scrubs and facials, the ingredients for which are collected from Shreya’s herb garden, as well as mani-pedis. On the upper level, a mediation and yoga pavilion opens to the east for sunlit sunrise yoga sessions. The spa also has gym for group and yoga classes, lounging spaces, sunken courtyards, a Jacuzzi, an organic juice bar and a boutique book store.
Bring assorted Lululemon ensembles with matching sweatbands, and a book on Indian botany for assistance identifying the horticultural displays in the grounds.
The dining room, library and reception are suitable for wheelchair users; the best rooms to book are the ground-floor ones by the pool.
All ages welcome. Extra beds are free for children under eight. Cots can be added on request. Babysitting is available with a day’s notice.
Shreyas has extensive organic gardens on-site, which grow much of the kitchen’s ingredients, as well as the spa’s. Water is provided in flasks and bath products in dispensers to minimise the use of plastic. The hotel has solar panels and harvests rainwater. Local materials – including coconut leaves for mats, existing stone pillars and temple doors – were used in the construction.