Neeleshwar Hermitage is a dreamy and serene boutique hotel in northern Kerela. The first of its kind in this part of Kerala, Neeleshwar Hermitage has helped make this quiet and beautiful corner of India accessible, opening up an unspoiled coastline. The property has been built according to the architectural principles of Kerala Vastu. This style can be seen throughout the 18 stunning thatched cottages that boast large and airy interiors with polished wood pillars, gleaming teak floors, crisp sheets and partially open-air bathrooms. All rooms have a private veranda and are spaced out along a single line, looking directly out to sea. They feel private and secluded. There’s the choice of two restaurants; Annapurna Ma is roofed with coconut palms and mixes North and South Indian cuisine with Middle Eastern and European flavours. The Meenakshi restaurant sits next to the infinity pool and serves seafood and chicken. For many The Priya Spa is the real draw to Neeleshwar; its one of the finest Ayurveda centres in Kerala. Yoga is also available along with backwater cruises and local village visits. We feel this is one of Kerala’s most unique and serene properties and we love the fact it opens up northern Kerala and unexplored parts of Karnataka as a destination.