Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort
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.