With just 18 thatched cottages sharing a vast infinity pool, as well as a houseboat to roam the backwaters, Neeleshwar is a place to recharge and retune. The cottages are all polished teak, handwoven rugs and iPod docks, with bathrooms partly open to blue sky. Owner Alistair Shearer runs cultural programs and leads classes in transcendental meditation.
Insider tip: The Immunity Booster package at the Priya Ayurvedic Spa includes Abhyangam oil massage, Njavarakizhi rice-bundle therapy, and Shirodhara, the pouring of oil over the forehead or ‘third eye’.
From INR9,660; neeleshwarhermitage.com
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The Hermitage is surrounded by miles of deserted beaches (above); enjoy Malabar cuisine at restaurant Annapurna (right)
Explore the beautiful backwaters of Kerala on the Hermitage’s houseboat, The Lotus
Palm trees line the tranquil infinity pool