... the Bethsaida Hermitage is not only outstanding in every respect but is also a charitable institution which supports an orphanage. It is not in Kovalam, actually a few miles south, though none the worse for that, and there are rickshaws on call to whisk you there for a pittance if you really must; or anywhere else for that matter.
The resort is a health retreat as well as a hotel. We were not there for the treatments, diets nor the detoxification, but were so relaxed in the exclusive surroundings it was unbelievable. No booze sort of makes detox compulsory, but though spiritually Christian - religion is not.
We did not go for all inclusive and were glad we didn't, because whilst you have the choice of that principally vegetarian buffet, the a la carte option is fabulous, carnivorous, and not too pricey.
The place has it's own excellent private beach, though being aware of the rip currents all along that coast we still had the choice of two pools.
Most of the accommodation is traditional Keralan architecture and very comfortable - choose air conditioning if you're going mid -February to September 1st. The grounds are green, pleasant and perfectly tended.
The service is the best I have found anywhere .. nothing is too much trouble and they find ways of exceeding even that.
All round the perfect get away. There are cheaper places, but I know of none that put their profit to such good use. It is well worth the extra.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ayurveda Resort. 5 Residential Doctors 24 x 7, 25 Treatment rooms, 105 guest rooms, Private beach, 2 ocean view restaurants, 2 swimming pools, shop, theater, spa, gym, etc ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bethsaida Hermitage Hotel Kovalam
- Bethsaida Hermitage Kovalam, Kerala