The 18 private cottages at Neeleshwar Hermitage are each built to a traditional local design, with laterite, thatch and delicate woodcarvings handcrafted by the local artisans who normally use their expertise to build and restore temples. Cottages give views over the Arabian Sea, the beautiful gardens, or the infinity pool.
Escape from the stresses of modern life in this delightful and stylish hideaway, set in a gorgeous 12-acre site next to miles of unspoilt beaches. Nestling in a land of coconut plantations, fertile forests and hillside spice gardens, this harmonious hideaway has been designed according to the architectural principles of vastu shastra. Buildings are constructed and positioned to accord with the laws of nature in the area, so as to increase the feelings of positivity and harmony; the site is oriented east to the rising sun and built from local wood and laterite in the style of palm-thatched fisherman's huts.
There’s every opportunity to simply kick back and unwind at Neeleshwar Hermitage, from lounging beside the hotel’s stunning sea-view infinity pool, or having a pampering session at the Priya Ayurvedic Spa. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the rich culture of Southern India thanks to a varied cultural programme headed by the hotel’s Cultural Director, historian Alistair Shearer. After a day spent exploring, relaxing or learning, retire to one of the 18 private cottages and drift into sleep, lulled by the gentle hypnotic sounds of the Arabian Sea.
It’s worth noting that this Chic Retreat is very secluded; perfect for those looking for getting away from it all, but might not be suited to those looking for easy access to a lively town.
Rejuvenate mind, body and soul at Neeleshwar Hermitage amidst the beautiful scenery of Kerala, Lounge beside the hotel’s beautiful infinity pool or ensconce yourself in a comfortable spot on the grounds, where you can watch exotic bird species flit overhead, including a pair of rare white-bellied sea eagles. Alternatively take long, aimless strolls along the palm-fringed beach, or explore the surrounding area by bike, along a network of small roads and lanes leading to local paddy fields, temples, mosques, fishing communities and the lovely coast.
Unwind at the Priya Ayurvedic Spa which offers a personal consultation with the in-house doctor and a wide range of ayurvedic treatments, both relaxing and remedial, that include massage with herbalised oil and steam baths. Spa and beauty therapies are also offered. Enjoy a one-to-one meditation class in the yoga hall, or start the day with a relaxing yoga session looking out to the Arabian Sea.
The Neeleshwar Hermitage's cultural programme is run by Alistair Shearer, who has lectured for many prestigious institutions, including the British Museum and Sotheby's. You can enjoy his wealth of knowledge on art, architecture and history in one of his informal evening lectures, and there are also regular dance and musical performances as well as guided tours of local temples, ashrams and festivals, , many of which, like the spectacular theyyam spirit dances, are unique to the area. Cookery classes are a great way to get to know the true taste of Kerala. End your day with a cruise along the quiet backwaters in a converted rice-barge houseboat, and watch the birds come to roost against a spectacular Keralan sunset.
Nourishment is an important part of this experience of renewal and revitalisation. In the stunning Annapurna dining room, built like a temple, guests can enjoy the predominantly vegetarian menu subtlety influenced by Ayurvedic principles which pays attention to the importance of balance, flavour, enjoyment, appearance and the physical effect of food. Overlooking the beach is the charming fish restaurant, Meenakshi, which serves freshly-caught fish and other dishes. Here over a Western or Indian breakfast from the buffet or ordered a la carte, you can watch the brilliant turquoise kingfishers and golden-backed brahminy kites as they hover over the small freshwater lagoon, or after a glorious sunset, enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars as the perfect romantic end to your day. There is a dedicated common table for solo travellers, so you have a chance to meet your fellow guests and forge new friendships over plates of steaming goodness.
Pampering Ayurvedic spa
Gorgeous beach-front views
Secluded tropical getaway
spa treatment room
Facility details:24-hour front desk, Accessible bathroom, Airport transportation (surcharge), Concierge services, Dry cleaning/laundry service, Free WiFi, Free breakfast, Free newspapers in lobby, Free self parking, Full-service spa, Garden, In-room accessibility, Laundry facilities, Library, Luggage storage, Number of restaurants - 2, Outdoor pool, Poolside bar, Safe-deposit box at front desk, Smoke-free property, Spa services on site, Spa treatment room(s), Supervised childcare/activities (free), Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge), Television in common areas, Total number of rooms - 18, Tours/ticket assistance, Train station drop-off (surcharge), Train station pickup (surcharge), Year Built - 2009.
Ozhinhaavalappu, Padanakkad, 671314 Neeleshwar, India
Nileshwar train station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel (7km)
The hotel can arrange a transfer to and from airports and station (extra charges apply)
Mangalore International Airport is a 2-hour drive from the hotel (92.4km)
Calicut International Airport is a 4 hour 5-minute drive from the hotel (175km)
Each hotel selected for its unique charm by Lulu the founder.
Special benefits only guests booking through Chic Retreats obtain.
If you find your stay cheaper elsewhere we will give you £50 towards your next stay with us.
Please ask for details about our airport transfer service