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Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2014

we stayed at Niraamaya in the month of April to celebrate our wedding anniversary. needless to say we enjoyed every bit of it. Amazing ambience, great food, excellent service... all in all we had an awesome experience.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

It is hard to tell what the best aspect of this resort: its proximity to the sea, its private beach 20 feet down, its sprawling grounds interspersed with fine old rain trees, its all wood-fronted cottages that have been saved from destruction elsewhere and re-assembled here, the world-class spa or the food. It is not on the main (crowded and sometimes downmarket) Kovalam, but on a beach nearby which sometimes confuses cab drivers. Once you enter into the resort that gently slopes down towards the sea you will be in another world. My room in the new block was 30 feet long! It had an air-con that worked effectively. The spa is one of the finest - a seamless blend of traditional Kerala architecture and modern convenience. Do opt for a degustation menu at least once. The chef has international experience and it shows in the food, including the presentation of the local food. Nobody intrudes on your privacy, nobody upsells, The only 'downside' is that Airtel connectivity is next to nil! Good wi-fi in the rooms though

Room Tip: Ask for a heritage room. It's worth the price (but they are booked solid)
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We stayed for 3D/2N at Niraamaya during June. Luckily the weather was good and didn't have much rain due to delayed monsoon. Initially we had a bit of difficulty locating the resort while driving down from Poovar. We went all the way upto Kovalam and then had to back track. Wish they would put up a sign board on the road. However, the customer service people helped us locate the side road to resort. There is a small Krishna statue on the road, where you take a turn :-)
The resort itself is beautiful, very quick check-in. We stayed in a Rock Garden room which was very spacious and neat. Going up and down through the resort was tedious but we did enjoy the walks in the lush surroundings. Beach...what can I say, its just beautiful...really private and there is always a security and life guard around. Sea was rough, so weren't allowed to swim so just wet our feet.
I have to make a special mention of the infinity pool and the bar area where the views are just amazing. One could lose track of time by just being there and enjoying sunset.
Food was a little pricey and not many options to choose from. However, the restaurant people need a special mention. Customer service was excellent. They are most accommodating with our requests.
All in all a 4/5 star rating for this retreat is surely deserving. I would definitely recommend the resort to friends and family.
Last but not the least, I would like to Thank Ms. Alikya from Niraamaya reservation desk who has been most helpful with my trip planning and room booking.

Kudos ! to team Niraamaya :-) They can teach many a big hotels about customer service.

PS: I would post some pics later, sorry.

Room Tip: Rock garden rooms are excellent. Choose the Heritage classic or premium if you are willing to shell...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

If I could rate them 10 out of 5, I so would.
We had visited Niraamaya for our Anniversary - the location of the resort and their service made our stay very very memorable.

Below are some of the highlights

- We went there after a 2 day stay at Taj and we were surprised at the huge difference in their quality of service of the two places. Niraamaya can be given 7 stars.
- They received us so warmly and escorted us to our cabin which was so amazingly made for us.
- They have free Wifi all over their resort, even near the deck overlooking the beach..!
- They have awesome restaurants with very tasty dishes.. and also polite and courteous staff and chefs.
- They have a great bar area overlooking the beach, from where you have a great sunsey view
- The beach is so close to the resort that the sound of the waves reach your room.
- They have an excellent spa with good packages

Please go there atleast once and you will have the time of your life.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

I arrived at Niraamaya with my two daughters for a short 3 days trip – the idea was to unwind and completely switch off from the hectic city life. From the moment we stepped into the resort, we were transported into a surreal world and felt an instant sense of calm and serenity.


We had booked a base category room with an extra bed. Our room – the Rock Garden Classic – was spacious and good for 3 people and with an open-to-the-sky shower area which was really nice. I learnt later during my interactions with the management that all base category rooms are similar. However, this resort is unique in that no two rooms in the higher categories are of the same size as these are actual traditional Kerala homes that have been moved from their original location (brick by brick, wooden pillar by pillar) and relocated to form this unique resort. Most rooms are sea facing and have a beautiful view.


The Resort is on a cliff with a passage down to a near-private beach – absolutely stunning location. The beach is in a little cove, spotlessly clean and beautifully maintained.


We had some excellent meals – the ingredients were freshly procured, the food was overall delicious, a great variety and very tastefully presented as well. Wine and beer are available at the resort.


The Bar is right next to the infinity pool and is beach facing. The infinity pool itself merges into the distant horizon and one can enjoy stunning sunsets from there. What more can one ask for!


The staff throughout the resort were efficient, polite and eager to please without actually coming in your way. They made sure that we were pampered and still without the unnecessary fuss.


The highlight of the Resort however, is the Spa. A spacious and beautifully sculpted space with an amazing ambience and above all, a well-qualified team of therapists. The therapy rooms are again open-to-the-sky and are extremely well laid out and spacious. Shinija, the young lady who gave me a traditional Ayurvedic massage was beyond excellent. My daughter went for a Swedish therapy and was equally delighted with her experience.


Niraamaya is definitely a place I wish to return to someday soon.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

We just returned from Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra it was a perfect holiday. The rooms were clean the linen fresh and the staff extremely helpful. The beach is attached to the property and extremely private, actually the entire resort is very private and not intrusive at all. We stayed in the Heritage Premium rooms and highly recommend the same as they have some spectacular sea views; we spent most morning sipping on tea on our private sit watching the sea waves ...Perfect.
We also highly recommend the food and spa both were top class. Try not eating out we tried a shack in town and the experience wasn’t very pleasant. This was the perfect end to our holiday in India and we will stay with again on our next visit to India.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank HKarikkat
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

Me and my family have enjoyed a lot. The place was natural and sea waves are strong and beauty including the good whether during summer season.

The rooms that we've booked is as expected to be, it was big and tidy and all sea view.

The SPA & yoga their were great and having a fair price for setting a program. For example, you can take a program for massage and Yoga for 5 days per day around 4hours around average 300$.

Breakfast buffet is so delicious and they have special dinners every night or two nights with a fair price.

The kids are having fun for the swimming pool and the sea and the place is safety and secured for children.

Staff in the resort are very friendly and they respond affectively.

Only two things i don't like it in this resort:

1. Wifi got disconnected for hours sometimes during night.

2. There is no markets near the resort. Only you should go by taxi for half hour to get their. But the room service having almost every thing with a fair price.


Stayed: August 2013
Thank Faisal A
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Additional Information about Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Address: Pulinkudi | Mullur, South of Kovalam, Kovalam 695 521, India (Formerly Surya Samudra Private Retreats)
Region: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Kovalam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Business Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range: £197 - £419 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra 5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Now re-opened under a new management as Surya Samudra Private Retreats. Relais & Chateaux Luxury heritage beach resort. Adjoining two pristine, unspoilt beaches and completely secluded from the busy tourist areas of Kovalam. Enjoy complete privacy and serenity. Stay in a carefully restored traditional Kerala tharavadu dwelling. At our Spa Niraamaya, highly trained therapists pamper you with herbs, oils, and concoctions that relax your body, revitalise your mind, and renew your spirit. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Surya Samudra Private Retreats Hotel Kovalam
Surya Samudra Beach Garden Hotel
Surya Samudra Beach Garden Spa
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra Kovalam, Kerala

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