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Neeleshwar Hermitage

Neeleshwar Hermitage

, Kerala
, India

A gentle blend of traditional Kerala architecture and contemporary design, the property is a stylish retreat with a tranquil heartbeat. In keeping with the ethos of the natural surroundings, a number of structures and cottages have thatched roofs.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Boutique


Northern Kerala, traditionally known as Malabar, is a rare jewel with empty beaches fringed by coconut plantations, peaceful inland waterways, lush hillside spice gardens and an undisturbed rhythm of life set against the immensity of the ocean.


Modelled on the traditional fisherman’s huts, there are 18 huts that offer complete privacy. The rooms are split into three categories – sea view, garden view and private pool cottages. All rooms, constructed in locally available laterite stone and topped by thatch or tile, have a similar design, layout and facilities. With teak floors, high ceilings and locally crafted furniture to give the complete Malabari experience, each room is named after a yogic virtue. Complementing the serenity of the cottages are the luxurious indoor-outdoor bathrooms.


The property has two dining options, Annapurna is a predominantly vegetarian restaurant that focuses on the goodness of nourishment. All recipes and preparations are based on the ayurvedic principles of appearance, balance, flavour, enjoyment and nutritional effects of any dish. The restaurant opens up to the gardens on all sides, letting in the cool sea breeze. Meenakshi, named after a local goddess, is perched on the beach side. It offers authentic Malabari dishes and mother-watering seafood delicacies. The hermitage has two bars, one located at the main dining option, Annapurna and the other one, overlooking the pool called Varuna Bar.


There are many ways to soak in the serenity called Neeleshwar. From a dip in the infinity pool to an afternoon cocktail in its tranquil environment or the healing touch at the spa, there is much to indulge in. For those looking to step out and explore, there are many options – visit the Bekal fort, take a trip to the neighbouring village or just cycle around the paddy fields, temples and the languid coastline dotted with small fishing villages. For those who want to enjoy the backwaters, the luxurious Lotus houseboat offers an out of the world experience.

Why we love this place

Far removed from the humdrum of everyday life is the hidden treasure called Neeleshwar Hermitage. Set in a secluded coconut grove on the gentle and untouched Malabar coastline of the Arabian Sea in Northern Kerala, it is quietly changing the understanding of what a holiday a means…

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Observe no-plastic policy.
All drinking water is purified onsite by the latest method of reverse osmosis.
Recycling garden and kitchen waste.
Keeping the gardens free of artificial fertilisers.
Landscaping to encourage butterflies and migratory birds.
Use of Local and Organic materials.
No waste is discharged into ocean or lagoon.
95% of our staff is local.

Our Recommendation

Don't miss a traditional Malabari meal at Annapurna

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)