It is said that if there is magic on this planet, it’s contained in the water. This has been the guiding principle behind Hari Arumugam's innovation in creating a floating paradise in Southern India. Set within 30 acres of Kerala’s backwaters, the Aquatic Island completely immerses guests in the beauty and magic of water.
Lauded as the only eco-friendly underwater resort in Asia, Aquatic’s lucky guests have three-level private villas as their launchpad to both the adventure and serenity of Kerala. Guests can both sleep underwater and enjoy dazzling views (sunset cocktails anyone?) from their private balcony above water. A truly unique and magical experience indeed.
Start your days the Keralan way with a breakfast of dosa with coconut chutney and sambar prepared by local chefs. Sip masala chai as you overlook the lush mangroves and palms. Swim in the floating infinity pool, try your hand at centuries-old Chinese net fishing, or be pampered with luxurious Ayurvedic treatments at the on-site spa. Practice yoga, play a game of tennis, or take a cooking class—opportunities for relaxation or cultural immersion abound without leaving the serenity of the resort.
Feeling adventurous? Aquatic’s exceptionally friendly staff can organize a tour to cater to your curiosity. Explore local village life on moped or bicycle or see dolphins in the Arabian Sea. Only 30 minutes away, the marvels of Fort Kochi are limitless: sandy beaches, traditional marshal arts at the popular Kathakali Performance Center, colonial era architecture, the historic Paradesi Synagogue and the home of the oldest Jewish community in India, intricate temples and churches galore, and bazaars with the most beautiful silk saris and jewellery. Of course, don’t end your day out without a freshly caught seafood feast.
With its beaches, backwaters, and greenery everywhere in between, Kerala is know as “God’s own country” for a reason. Add in unparalled cultural diversity and delicious fresh meals and you’re in for a relaxation retreat unlike anywhere else in the world.