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Stylish Boutique Hotels and Private Villas

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The Western Ghats with its hill stations and tea plantations flanks the eastern side of Kerala. On the western side is the Arabian Sea. This is why Kerala is known for fabulous beaches, a laid-back culture, great food, and the waterways of the backwaters. It is also very popular for its stylish boutique hotels and private villas.

You can cruise in a converted rice barge, bed down in a former tea planter’s bungalow high in the hills, and relax in a gorgeous retreat nestled in the palm grove behind a secluded beach. Such distinctive attractions – both cultural and natural – explain why National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named the state as one of their ‘Top 50 Must See Destinations of a Lifetime’


Kerala has a wealth of heritage properties that have been tastefully converted to provide stylish holiday accommodation. We are proud to say that we have made many journeys to Kerala specifically to find and inspect these stylish boutique hotels as we feel that these provide the traveller with the richest experience.

Imagine staying in stylish villas that are opulent and extremely comfortable with large rooms including four poster beds and which often have a terrace, a verandah or a plunge pool to make it special. Set in some of the best locations either offering breath-taking views, overlooking a lake or by a beach or even surrounded by hills these properties are the best that the subcontinent has to offer.


The Dutch and Portuguese have both left their mark in these coastal towns and therefore you will find charming properties for someone looking for luxury. These independent colonial properties offer a perfect blend of the old and the new. With contemporary interiors they showcase eye catching art works and exotic fabrics.

You will enjoy fine food and an intimate atmosphere. Some of these dreamy hotels have been devotedly restored and they now ooze charm and warmth. The rooms are often scattered around the premises and face onto the gardens or overlooking courtyards. All vary in shape and size and are supremely decorated.


Offering spa facilities, they create the romance of a luxury boutique hotel while having the amenities and vibrant attractions of a resort. These luxury retreats are set amidst lush gardens and are a showcase for relaxation with tropical-inspired design touches, grand architecture, a sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors, and flower lined patios for a memorable stay.

These are truly special places and make a perfect recipe for a memorable holiday.


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