A quiet and tranquil resort on the beautiful Keralan coast where the focus is firmly on wellness.

While the majority of Southern India resorts feature spas that offer Ayurvedic treatments and alternative ancient practices, at the beautiful Carnoustie resort the focus is almost entirely on the wellbeing of the body and soul. Hidden away on the breathtaking Malabar Coast, this is the perfect place to retreat to following a lively Indian adventure. This is the place for some genuine ‘me time’. Days can start with yoga (an incredible seven types of yoga are practised here) on the beachfront platform or within the gardens, and continue with an Ayurveda healing treatment at the Aryavaidyasala spa, a bicycle ride around the local villages or a lunch or evening cruise on the backwaters. Alternatively, you can do nothing but lie by the pool or on the beach. The choice is yours.

Reflecting the wellness focus of the resort, there is a emphasis on healthy and varied cuisine. And with produce such as fruits, vegetables and spices (and herbs for the Ayurveda treatments) coming from Carnoustie's organic garden, and the majority of the sea food served coming directly from the day’s catch, you know you are going to be getting the freshest and tastiest dishes possible. There are two restaurants: IDA, which serves a wide range of local and international cuisine, and Chimaera where you can enjoy locally-caught seafood in the most beautifully presented dishes.

The style is contemporary luxury, however there’s a definite nod to the architecture, heritage and culture of the region, something that can be seen in the design of the thatched cottages. The Akund Deluxe Villas are scattered throughout the gardens and feature a private deck with a lily pond.

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Key information

Set back from the shoreline, close to the village of Mararikkulam

Airport transfer time: Approx. 1¼ hours from Cochin airport
Rooms: 30

Good to know

At present no alcohol is served at Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort.

Accommodation information

30 thatched cottages, some with a pool

Activities

• Cycle to the local village, one of the nearby temples or the Portuguese-built St Andrew’s Basilica • Begin your day with an early morning yoga session or conclude it with some sunset yoga • Cruise through the backwaters on the resort’s own houseboat* • Head out on a day trip to Cochin*.

Dining

2 restaurants

What's included

Breakfast at IDA.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Half Board (please call for prices) • Breakfast and dinner at IDA

Full Board (please call for prices) • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at IDA.

*Denotes local charge