Neeleshwar Hermitage

Malabar, India

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A beautiful beach break infused with Ayurvedic experiences

The Low Down

Neeleshwar Hermitage is the only boutique hotel on the unspoiled coast of Malabar in Northern Kerala. A stylish and relaxed retreat, the hidden gem offers a blend of traditional idiom and modern comfort. Set within a 12-acre palm grove along the edge of a pristine and tranquil beach that stretches for miles in either direction, The Hermitage has an extremely peaceful atmosphere. It is also an oasis of eco-friendly practice: natural waste is recycled, kitchen waste provides bio-gas for cooking, and only local materials and traditional designs were used in the stunningly crafted buildings. The hotel has a ‘no plastic’ policy so all water is purified on site by the most modern method of ‘reverse osmosis’ to avoid using plastic bottles. Maximum use has been made of local materials and artisan skill in the buildings, while the staff are mostly drawn from the local community. 

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The Peaks Promise

(complimentary experience)

Each booking will receive an authentic and rejuvenating ayurveda 45 minute full body massage. 

The Reasons To Go

  • Neeleshwar is surrounded by empty beaches, fringed by coconut plantations, peaceful inland waterways and lush hillside spice gardens
  • All drinking water is purified on site by the latest method of reverse-osmosis.
  • Are you a solo traveller? Each of the restaurants has a Meeting Table where solo travellers – or indeed anyone else – desirous of a change from solitude, can chose to join a table where there will be others to share a meal and some conversation with.
  • From the signature coconut drink that greets your arrival, to the smiling faces genuinely sorry to see you leave, everything here is carefully and subtly designed around your personal needs.
  • There is a library, which is well stocked with all kinds of literature. The hotel also hosts cultural lectures which are organised between mid October and mid April.
  • The hotel is active in promoting local ecological concerns, such as the preservation of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle.

The Nitty Gritty

  • Accommodation:
    There are eighteen traditionally thatched cottages with either sea or garden views. Each bedroom is large, light and airy, with wooden floors and locally hand-made furniture and decorated with a mix of antique and contemporary works of art. Each bedroom has its own en-suite garden bathroom fashioned in granite and wood with state-of-the-art fittings.
  • Location:
    The hotel is located in Northern Kerala, traditionally known as Malabar. Getting there:
  • Getting there:
    The Hermitage is approximately one and half hours from Kannur airport, two hours from Mangalore international airport and between four and five hours from Calicut international airport. It is directly linked with the rest of the state by air, road and train.
  • What to pack:
    Light colouring and lots of swimwear!
  • Restaurants:
    There are two restaurants plus two bar areas. Annapurna specialises in authentic, predominantly vegetarian food whilst Meenskshi, the beachside restaurant offers superb fresh fish caught by the local long boats that go out each morning, as well as breakfast, healthy lunchtime salads and delicious light meals.
  • Spa:
    The Hermitage offers its guests a wide variety of Ayurvedic and spa treatments, as well as yoga and meditation classes and a stunning infinity pool.
  • Signature Activities:
    A unique feature is its program of evening talks on Indian culture by an ex-British Museum expert. Cookery classes are available here as well as local sightseeing to markets, temples and ashrams, and also forest treks and cruises through the unvisited backwaters. Bicycles are freely available for trips out.

The Finer Details

Rates include:

  • Daily breakfast
  • Complimentary fresh fruits throughout the day is available at Annapurna restaurant
  • Free consultation with in-house Ayurvedic doctor
  • Group yoga session for 45 minutes every morning

The Housekeeping Rules

  • All rates are subject to 19% GST
  • The hotel can accommodate a maximum of 2 children up to 8 years old when sharing the adult’s room. Accommodation is complimentary when sharing with parents or another adult – meals and transfers and other services are chargeable.

The Weather

  • The climate here is tropical. Rainfall is significant most months of the year, and the short dry season has little effect. July and August are rainy season with November through until March being the high season.

Average Temperature & Rainfall in Days

JAN         FEB        MAR        APR        MAY        JUN  

   26C       27C        28C      29C      29C      27C 

           1               3              1 0         25           30           25

JUL         AUG        SEP        OCT        NOV        DEC  

 26C         26C       26C       27C       27C         27C 

         20             14             7               1              14               7

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