Inspired by the jungle and perfect for nature lovers, the Serai Bandipur sits on the edge of Bandipur National Park in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The resort reserves half its land for the wild and has planted more than 100 different species of trees across the 19-acre property, which has an elevated swimming pool, a restaurant, bar and a range of accommodation.
The Serai Chikmagalur is inspired by coffee and was built in 2008. Located in the city of Chikmagalur in Karnataka, at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, this southern region of India is famous for its lush green forests and tall mountains.Chikmagalur is also home to the very first coffee plantations in India.
Located in Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Svatma is an eclectic heritage hotel that completely embraces the Tamil culture. The translation of Svatma is “one’s own soul” and the hotel’s vision perfectly compliments the name. Located in a cultural haven, the city of Tanjore, Svatma offers an enchanting, memorable experience. The owners have a deep-rooted knowledge about Tamilian culture. The ancient, South-Indian culture, revolves around Indian classical dance, spirituality, unique architecture and a mouth-watering cuisine.
Anantya is a boutique luxury resort and spa that has a unique focus on minimalism, eco-friendliness and the trueness of material. Literally translating into “Infinite”, Anantya is located in the beautiful land of Travancore (now Kerala) at the famed Kanyakumari district. The land has an interesting history as it was once owned by the Kings of Travancore and was called the Vaikundum Estate.
Placed within pristine plantations, lakes and the tropical rainforests of Wayanad, is Pepper Trail – an experiential retreat located in North Kerala. The property is situated within Mangalam Carp Estate, a gorgeous 200-acre colonial spice and coffee plantation inside the Western Ghats. It was founded in the 1800s by Colin Auley Mackenzie, one of the leading planters of the time.
Wild and naturally beautiful, the Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady, is perched amidst acres of cardamom plantations and surrounded by mountains. The place is pure haven for escapists to enjoy the rhythm of tranquillity and nature.Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club Thekkady opened in December 2012 and is located in Periyar, in the southern Indian state of Kerala.The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 300sq miles, of which 140sq miles is thick evergreen forest. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake. The sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.
Tucked away in the South Indian state of Kerala, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra overlooks the Arabian Sea. Its cottages, nestled amongst the coconut trees and caressed by the sea breeze, offer the best in Keralian heritage architecture. A path wends its way to the ‘Chandra’ beach – an idyllic beach with intensely private vibes. Surya Samudra, Kovalam, received the status of Heritage Hotel from the Department of Tourism, Government of India in 1995 and continues to retain this status.Niraamaya means ‘a sense of well-being’ in Sanskrit. All the Niraamaya properties are located in stunning locations and imbibe the philosophy of wellness. The concept of wellness resonates across the retreat – whether it is the spa, yoga or the cuisine at the Niraamaya kitchens.
The Niraamaya Retreats, Kumarakom is nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad with lush tropical gardens set around 27 luxurious villas designed to offer the breath-taking views of the serene backwaters. The area is well known for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Observatoty Tower, St Andrew’s Basilica Arhtunkal and the Mullakkal Rajarajeswari Temple. The Wellness & Spa Centre consists of a large courtyard offering pure Ayurvedic immersions in a serene and meditative setting. The retreat also features an outdoor swimming pool and a performance deck apart from two restaurants designed to become gastronomical destinations featuring the finest regional and global cuisine.
Combining fine living with a spiritual touch, Shreyas is a quaint retreat located on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. The setting is ideal for guests who wish to pamper and recharge themselves while embarking on an inner spiritual quest – with the wisdom of the eternal spiritual traditions of Yoga Vedanta and Ayurveda. The resort emulates the eternal Vedic instruction “Athiti Devo Bhava” with its guests, translating into “treat thy guest as an embodiment of the divine”. As such, it is one of the most exquisite Yoga Retreats in India. The retreat is a member of a collection of the finest hotels worldwide, Relais & Chateaux.