For a taste of true colonial history, stay at the
charismatic Siolim House in Goa. This 350-year-old Goa-Portuguese
Manor House is steeped in history and is located close to the
area's quieter beaches of Morjim, Arambol and Mandrem. Recover from
a packed schedule, filled with stunning sights and unforgettable
experiences at Elsewhere, Beach House and Tents, where families can
relax in one of Goa's best-kept secrets. Situated on an idyllic
spit of land, the property offers pure escapism on a quiet area of
beach. Head south to the quieter beaches where you will
discover the larger luxury resorts such as The Leela, Goa and Alila
Neeleshwar Hermitage, in the northern reaches of Kerala,
offers the ultimate in low-key luxury. A quaint independent hotel,
situated on a stretch of unexploited beach, guests can relax in
stylish cottages, whilst choosing rejuvenating treatments before
heading home. Further south just a few hours from Cochin
International airport there is a beautiful wide stretch of beach
where you can choose between the rustic family friendly Marari
beach hotel, the simple three room beach fronted Marari Villas and
the lavishness spa resort Carnoustie with its all villa
accommodation, extensive ayurvedic spa, private house boat and
exquisite fresh cuisine.
On the South East coast of India, Tamil Nadu has several
little beach retreats that make for a perfect beginning or end to a
whistle stop temple town tour of the state. The
well-established Vivanta by Taj, Fishermans Cove just outside of
Chennai has a lovely variety of accommodation, extensive Jiva spa
and alfresco dining. On the outsides of the ex French colonial
city of Pondicherry you will find the colourful and contemporary
yoga beach retreat, Eco Dune Resort.
Why not travel to The Maldives for a taste of ultimate
escapism. Retreat to Shangri-La's Villingilli Resort & Spa.
Surrounded by lush tropical foliage and 17,000 coconut trees, the
all-villa resort's two kilometres of sandy beaches offer guests
endless space in which to relax. Similarly, guests who choose
One & Only Maldives at Reethi Rah have a choice of 12 beaches
spread around the resorts' private 109-acre island.
Water lovers should settle at Soneva Gili, The Maldives'
first all water resort, or discover Cocoa Island, which includes 17
converted Dhoni boats, connected by wooden walkways. The resort
boasts and award-winning Shambala Retreat Spa and an excellent
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