Greaves India

Beaches & Islands

Whether you are looking for a beach holiday or just a little relaxation at the end of an epic journey, the Indian subcontinent has plenty to offer those looking for the slower pace of life found at the coast.

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 Diwa, Goa.

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 house reef.


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