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Good setting, helpful staff, great accommodation
We had a warm welcome and hassle-free check-in. The manager and receptionist were very helpful and friendly, especially in offering medical help after a previous incident. Housekeeping was excellent. Our accommodation was an extensive, thatched sea-view cottage, which had a large, comfortable bed, a big veranda and a partially open-air bathroom. The bathroom had both a shower and sunken tub. There was plenty of hot water, the aircon and Wi-Fi all worked well. There was a clear view of the beach, about 100m from the cottage. The hotel has a very large infinity pool with plenty of loungers and towels. The pool area looks onto the long, white-sand beach which stretches in both directions as far as can be seen. Surprisingly, the beach was always almost totally deserted with no tourists and just an occasional local couple out for an evening walk. Though sadly there was some plastic rubbish. There is a small high-end shop on-site, with a tailor who makes up clothing to order. The spa has some good facilities and helpful masseuses. Cuisine was mostly local dishes, specialising in seafood, with some international choices at breakfast. Dinner was served both indoors, amid a wonderful rosewood construction, and outdoors “no shoes” on the sand. Everything was candle-lit and both locations were very attractive. We would highly recommend this hotel.
This small hotel next to the beach in Northern Kerala has all you need for a relaxing break. The hotel grounds are beautifully looked after; the individual cottages are very comfy; the infinity pool overlooks the beach and sea; there is a morning yoga session; an Ayurvedic spa and the most delicious freshly cooked food. Heavenly!
A relaxing end to our trip!
This was our third stay & it didn’t disappoint! Our bungalow overlooking the beach was so well appointed complete with outdoor bathroom! The staff were charming & very welcoming. Breakfast is served by the beach under palm trees & this is the setting for locally sourced fish every evening. The beach is a long empty stretch of sand + ideal for relaxing walks with feet in the warm sea! We look forward to returning again next year!!
Our Heaven On Earth...
My wife and myself have travelled extensively; we like individual, understated quality places to stay - we avoid the global brands like the plague. Neeleshwar ranks as one of the best, if not our favourite, places to stay anywhere. The location is idyllic, right on the virtually deserted and unspoilt beach which goes on for miles. The grounds are mature, full of wildlife and wild flowers; it's kept in immaculate condition. The pool is in a lovely location although with the ocean only a few metres away, we preferred the beach or loungers in a naturally shaded-spot. There's a dedicated yoga studio in the grounds which overlooks the ocean; we did an hour of yoga each morning before breakfast and Ayurvedic treatments each afternoon. The accommodation is well spaced out, individual, thatched villas with terraces, hammocks and outside shower. They are tastefully decorated, in great condition and kept very clean. There are two lovely places to eat and drink; one near the beach (great for breakfast and watching the sunset (our 'Kingfisher Time'!). There's also one inside a traditional, open-sided Keralan building which includes a games room quadrant, 2 chill-out quadrants and then a dining area. The staff - lead by general manager Jayan K.V. - were simply great. Everyone was professional yet genuinely friendly; attentive but not intrusive; nothing was too much trouble. When viewed together, all these elements combine to provide a unique experience...you leave feeling regenerated, lucky to have found Neeleshwar and wanting to return.
Very relaxing and wonderful setting
Stayed at The Hermitage for our last five nights of a three week southern India holiday. This hotel had been recommended by a friend. It is set by a very long sandy beach with the amazingly warm waters of the Arabian Sea. The focus of the hotel is very much on relaxation with no TVs, complimentary yoga every morning and a luxurious spa. The infinity swimming pool was fairly large, looked out over the beach and was great for early morning laps or relaxation on its numerous sunbeds. Most of the time there were staff available to bring drinks and pool snacks. The fish restaurant on the beach was lovely and where we ate every day in the evening and where breakfast was served. All the waiting staff were lovely, efficient, friendly and worked extremely hard. We didn’t eat in the open sided covered restaurant as the weather was wonderful while we were staying and we wanted to make the most of the sea views. However, if we’d stayed longer we may have ventured in as the fish restaurant menu was just beginning to become monotonous. Freshly cooked fish were served each day so the menu did reflect this, but the choice of how the fish was cooked and the accompaniments remained unchanged throughout our stay. Starters and desserts did change though. We weren’t able to swim in the sea every day as the waves were sometimes quite high and, although fun to jump, clearly the hotel considered it unsafe for swimming on two days of our stay. We walked along the beach in the evening of the first two days and it was beautiful, but on the third day after the waves were particularly high there were so many plastic bottles and some other debris which had been washed up that it wasn’t so appealing. On an average pace 20 minute stretch of our walk on the third evening we counted 340 plastic bottles. This is obviously a major problem for the hotel and India as a whole and maybe reflects the world wide environmental problem we now have. Our room was lovely. We’d booked a sea view room, but were excited to be offered a pool dipping room and naturally accepted. We did use the plunge pool a few times, but whether we’d have considered it good value for money if we’d paid the extra price for it, I’m not sure. As in many hot climates, there often seemed to be quite few tiny ants and we couldn’t decide whether they bit or not, but their presence made the outside loungers and pool slightly less appealing. Through the hotel we also booked the Lotus houseboat for the day preceding our stay at The Hermitage and this was a wonderful experience and seemed a lot more luxurious and in quieter backwaters than other people’s experiences I’d heard of further south in Kerala. Our only real quibble was over the making of a dress in the shop. I asked for a dress to be copied in two different materials. One was perfect, but the second still doesn’t look right. I ordered it on the second day which I though gave plenty of time given three hour orders were being received. However, I had to return three times to get this particular dress altered as one side wasn’t evenly matched with the other. The first time a quick machine job was done on the wider side, but this resulted in a very wide hem inside bulking out the dress even more. I then tried again asking for some of the seam to be trimmed and finished off but when the dress was ironed in the shop we noticed a fairly large mark on the sleeve which I was told could be removed. Next I tried on the dress in the room and the two sides were still uneven. I took the dress back early on the last morning of our stay and was told it would be brought to the room finished by midday when we had to pack to leave. However, other guests came in with similar problems and their alterations became more urgent as they had earlier departure times. In the eleventh hour, we stopped by to pick the dress up, had a quick look and packed it. However, had we had more time, we would have noticed marks made to show where alterations were needed and also noticed the dress was still lopsided. I should have rejected the dress after the third attempt but had already bought a fairly expensive shawl to go with it. A lesson for the future!
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