Neeleshwar Hermitage is located on a sleepy stretch of coastline in Northern Kerala. Here you are truly encouraged to enjoy your surroundings at a relaxed pace. The thatched roof cottages dotted along the property come with lush gardens and private hammocks nestled between coconut trees.
The hotel is built according to the ancient Indian principles of Vastu which are meant to enhance the energy flow in a place. The cottage names such as Prema (Love), Ananda (Bliss) and Santosh (Contentment) also add to the feeling of serenity.
The property boasts an Ayurveda spa where a resident doctor recommends treatments according to your body type. Guests can even opt for a personalized detox programme that includes a dietary plan. The menu at Neeleshwar, designed towards wellness and healing, excludes red meat and hard liquor. The main restaurant serves excellent local fare with a strong emphasis on vegetarian cuisine. The beachside restaurant (open when weather permits) specializes in seafood.
Days at Neeleshwar should be spent outdoors (there are no TVs in the rooms). Start your mornings with a yoga class at the beachside gazebo followed by a cooling dip in the mesmerizing infinity pool. Take advantage of the complimentary bicycles and ride through sleepy villages until you reach the backwaters. The beach while at your doorstep is best for sunset walks as the ocean here has strong currents and is not always suitable for swimming. Neeleshwar also has its own barge for backwater cruises should you chose to leave this peaceful haven.