Calming Kerala – Luxury Hotel Retreats and Spas

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Hotels, Vacation Rentals

Kerala is frequently termed God’s Own Country; you don’t have to spend long here to realize why. Fecund, bucolic, and infinitely relaxed, it’s like an effervescent oasis in the otherwise chaotic land of India. What’s more, this easygoing state is culturally rich, evidencing thousands of years of indigenous and colonial history. Few places make for such thoroughly good vacations as Kerala.

For visitors to Kerala, R and R tends to be high on the list of priorities – after all, this is an area of the world renown for its soothing scenery and invigorating Ayurvedic treatments. Consequently, luxury spa hotels have become something of a specialty in the region, offering a heavenly mix of lavish accommodation and the rejuvenating treatments for body and mind.

The Best Luxury Spa Hotels in Kerala

Raheem Residency: Gorgeous Raheem Residency features ten individually designed rooms in a restored colonial bungalow. It’s as calming a hotel as you’ll ever come across: Guests spend their time here reading on genuine Plantation Chairs, chilling by the pool, or enjoying the hotel’s excellent restaurant food in wicker chairs that look out on an often deserted beach.

They also spend their time receiving authentic Ayurvedic treatment in the hotel’s excellent Spa. There are two spa rooms here – one for men and one for women. On-call trained masseuses offer a range of massages and skin treatments.

Shalimar Spice Garden: Shalimar Spice Garden probably boasts the best setting of all the luxury spa hotels in India. This beautifully rendered retreat is nestled deep in the Keralan hills, only a few kilometers from the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve National Park. Surrounded by spices such as cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, the hotel offers a simply unrivalled atmosphere for pure and simple relaxation.

The hotel’s Spa is as traditional as they come. Heated by a small open wood fire, it features traditional Keralan wooden massage beds surrounded by small idols and sculptures. The hotel also offers homegrown and organic food, with particular attention paid to supplying the body with its required amount of daily nutrients.

Taj Malabar: Situated on the edge of Willingdon Island and overlooking the glorious Cochin Harbor, the Taj Malabar is rightly considered to be calm Cochin’s top luxury spa hotel. Laid back and refined, it’s the perfect place to spend an urban-based R and R vacation retreat.

The Spa here is one from the Jiva Spa chain, which fits many of India’s top luxury hotels with their wellness centers. Treatment suites, rooms, yoga pavilions, relaxation plunge pools and a fully equipped gym are all on offer, as is an array of Ayurvedic treatments and medications.

Tom Ingrams is a travel writer who specialises in the higher end of the market, paying particular attention to boutique and luxury spa hotels.

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