Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Resort in Pulinkudi & Chowara

Built into natural groves of mango, banana and banyan trees and offering A-list-style seclusion, luxurious Niraamaya's 33 glammed-up traditional Keralan homes come with four-poster beds and open-air bathrooms. An infinity pool carved from a block of granite overlooks the beach, and there are spectacular outdoor yoga platforms, three restaurants using home-grown produce and ayurvedic treatments at the renowned spa.

The resort sits 7km southeast of Kovalam.