This fabulous, plastic-free beachfront ecoresort consists of 18 sleekly designed thatch-roof cottages inspired by Kerala fishers' huts, with voguish touches like pre-loaded iPods and stylish indoor-outdoor bathrooms (two with plunge pools). Built according to Kerala Vastu, the Hermitage has a beachfront infinity pool, lush gardens fragrant with frangipani, superb organic food, a luxurious houseboat (www.thelotuskerala.com), and yoga, meditation and ayurveda.
Breakfasts of luscious fruit bowls, masala omelettes and Kodagu coffee are served beachside, while outstanding lunch and dinner menus change regularly (mains ₹350 to ₹590). Biogas energy is used, service is spot-on and most staff come from local families. It's 18km southeast from Bekal.