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Niraamaya Retreats
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Kovalam
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Waterloo, Belgium
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35 reviews
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“Simply superb”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

This is what a 5 star hotel is all about. From the first moment we checked in (Anita is excellent) to the last moment being dropped off at the airport.
Stunningly location, well appointed and correctly maintained rooms, attentive staff who do not become over bearing. The staff go out of their way to ensure that you enjoy your stay, eg, the operations director specifically took on a task for us that would have taken us a couple of hours in town, and told us that he wanted to do it so that we could relax in the hotel!

Some of the rooms have great views and it is worth booking directly with the hotel to ensure that you get one of these. We booked through a well known 3rd party website and were given rooms that had a garden view. The rooms were large, clean with a seperate seating area and a balcony. The bathrooms were also large with both an inside and an outside shower. But we did not really have a sea view.

The food is excellent with a good range of options for breakfast, although breakfast service can be a bit slow sometimes. Lunch was mainly snacks, sandwiches and burgers - which can be taken by the pool also. Dinner in the main restaurant was also brilliant and whislt everthing we ate was excellent the old anglo-indian favourite of chicken tikka massala is highly recommended. I read another review saying that there was no alcohol in the hotel - this is not true, beer & wine are available in the restaurant. The head chef is prepared to adapt any dish to your tastes and often walks around to ensure that people are enjoying his food!

The inifinity poolisn't huge but big enough for a refreshing splash around and is positioned so that you can look over into the ocean beyond through a couple of coconut trees. The beach is fairly private and there are a couple of stalls selling basic tourist stuff and a few stories.These guys do hassle a bit, so be prepared for that.

The spa is simply magnificent - again superb staff who realise that they don't need to push their services (as we had in a couple of other hotels). They sell themselves when you walk into the spa area - the entire family had Ayurverdic treatments and we all loved them. Quick-tip, if you have a teenager going through a spotty skin phase - the facial treatment worked wonders.

The only 'negative' points I can mention are that a) as mentioned not all the rooms have a good view b) eating in the hotel, using the spa etc and the costs do start building up but you do feel that it is worth it c) the hotel is a bit isolated so there are no other options to eat - but this is also the reason why it is so relaxing, its isolation.
Another tip, although not linked to the hotel, is that the taxi & tuk-tuk drivers outside the front of the hotel are greedy sharks - either go at 1/3 to 1/2 of the price they quote or don't hassle yourself and stay in th hotel.

All in all - this was the highlight of our Indian vacation - and bring your running shoes so that you can use the gym that has a stunning view!

Room Tip: If you want a sea-view rooms, call the hotel in advance to ensure you get one.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

We had a really great stay for four days.
The staff was super, and really nice with our toddler (who was not always nice with them!). The food was good but the portions a bit small for the price. The atmosphere was relaxing and open. The facilities were in good condition and charming, including rooms, pool and spa. We would love to go back.

Room Tip: We had a 'beach view' room. The room was nice but the view obstructed by other rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Stunning location, stylish rooms and villas,superb friendly staff, great food and best auyvedic spa in kerala. What more could you ask for? Having been to kerala many times during the last 10 years and having stayed at many if not all of the five star hotels in kerala . This hotel stands out from the crowd .Can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Sea view cottages to die for!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Niraamaya a couple of weeks back. It is a resort that truly lives up to Kerala's adage- "God's own country". It is serene beyond belief. The sea facing cottages are sublime. Services and food were excellent. It is a must visit for people who want to relax and rejuvenate. Their Ayurvedic spa is one of the best in Kerala, if not the best.
- Santosh and Sharmila Kadam.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Coimbatore, India
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

We were been planning for vacation long time and the long weekend came along. We found this place after searching various other locations.

You go thru a coconut farm to this place. Once you are in you will be welcomed by beautiful reception with standard Kerala setup. The staffs (Anita) at the front desk are very helpful. Everyone wear a smile on them. Everything is addressed nicely. After all the formalities they take you to the room. We got a separate (private) room with open bath. Bath room was really nice with open setup.. Room had it own compound wall. Nicely furnished.

All around the resort lots coconut trees.. brings shades and nice breeze.

Access to beach: There are stair to access the beach. There was a security in the beach and he notes down the room number and time.

Breakfast : Breakfast was included in our stay and the food was really good. you can see Chef walking and talking to guests taking care of each one.

Dinner: There is a light music every night during the dinner. Food was awesome.

Bar: They have a bar facing beach and have nice setup.

Swimming Pool: Infinity pool. Always 2 employees around the pool and monitor guests (kids). I am guessing they are lifeguards. But they didn't wear any lifeguard shirts.

Free Wifi in room.. room has mini bar..

What else I can say about this place...

You have to experience it....

Room Tip: Spa Cottage is great for couples and honeymooners.. which has private compound. Sea Facing rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tehran Province, Iran
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

You can feel the nature of south India in amazing resorts with a great architecture. Enjoy the ambiance that filled by flowers, woods and stones with an artistic area designed to make you relax.
Kind staffs with smile are always care about you.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

It was our 6th Wedding Anniversary...and no better place to rekindle our romance...such a Romantic, Exotic resort...Truly a Beach resort.
The Location, Ambiance, Service, SPA, Pool, Beach, Food..u name it & u'll only get the best!
We explore such exotic resorts for each of our anniversaries, and I must say, this is the best so far.
Staff are way too courteous & on their toes to help u with each step u take in their property.
You must visit their SPA, which is out of this world.
Absolutely no complaints, and am very sure none of you will have one...

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Niraamaya Retreats
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 Romantic Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Spa Hotel in Kovalam
#1 Family Hotel in Kovalam
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kovalam
#3 Business Hotel in Kovalam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Niraamaya Retreats 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 Kovalam, Kerala

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