For the rest of your life
Northern Kerala, traditionally known as Malabar, is a rare jewel,empty beaches fringed by coconut plantations, peaceful inland waterways, lush hillside spice gardens and an undisturbed rhythm of life set against the immensity of the ocean.
Far removed from the humdrum of everyday life is the hidden treasure called Neeleshwar Hermitage. Set in a secluded coconut grove on the gentle and untouched Malabar coastline of the Arabian Sea in Northern Kerala, it is quietly changing the understanding of what a holiday a means…
A gentle blend of traditional Kerala architecture and contemporary design, the property is a stylish retreat with a tranquil heartbeat. In keeping with the ethos of the natural surroundings, a number of structures and cottages have thatched roofs.
Modelled on the traditional fisherman’s huts, there are 18 huts that offer complete privacy. The rooms are split into three categories – sea view, garden view and private pool cottages. All rooms, constructed in locally available laterite stone and topped by thatch or tile, have a similar design, layout and facilities. With teak floors, high ceilings and locally crafted furniture to give the complete Malabari experience, each room is named after a yogic virtue. Complementing the serenity of the cottages are the luxurious indoor-outdoor bathrooms.
The property has two dining options, Annapurna is a predominantly vegetarian restaurant that focuses on the goodness of nourishment. All recipes and preparations are based on the ayurvedic principles of appearance, balance, flavour, enjoyment and nutritional effects of any dish. The restaurant opens up to the gardens on all sides, letting in the cool sea breeze.
Meenakshi, named after a local goddess, is perched on the beach side. It offers authentic Malabari dishes and mother-watering seafood delicacies.
The hermitage has two bars, one located at the main dining option, Annapurna and the other one, overlooking the pool called Varuna Bar.
There are many ways to soak in the serenity called Neeleshwar. From a dip in the infinity pool to an afternoon cocktail in its tranquil environment or the healing touch at the spa, there is much to indulge in. For those looking to step out and explore, there are many options - visit the Bekal fort, take a trip to the neighbouring village or just cycle around the paddy fields, temples and the languid coastline dotted with small fishing villages. For those who want to enjoy the backwaters, the luxurious Lotus houseboat offers an out of the world experience.
Important to know
The garden-facing rooms are perfect for families or groups.
Perfect to enjoy a traditional Malabari experience, relax, unwind and rejuvenate.
Neeleshwar Hermitage is open all year.
As per the touchstones:
Single Use Plastic
Safe Garbage Disposal
Nature and Biological Diversity Conservation
Local Community Engagement
Light Footprint Tourism
Sensitive Destination Discovery
The Human Touch
by jeffshea on 03/15/2023
Fabulous place in an idyllic location right on a quiet sandy Keralan beach, under coconut Palm trees. Meals could be taken on the edge of the beach with fresh fish locally caught daily. Wonderful...
by aliauburn on 03/09/2023
After travelling around Southern India, this was a glorious oasis, nothing was too much trouble, the staff were amazing, accommodation excellent, no bill discrepancies at the end! We managed to do...
by lostagain2014 on 02/17/2023
We stayed here for 4 nights. We were given a warm welcome on arrival. We were taken to our cottage next to the pool. It was lovely, large and luxurious with a big bed, plenty of storage, an...