Best Luxury Hotels in Kerala: Luxury in a Rustic Form

Kerala, often termed as the God’s Own Country, is sanctified with a large number of attractions which are scattered across the state. Bucolic, luxuriant and infinitely relaxed, it appears like an effervescent oasis in the chaotic land of India. What’s more evident in this easy going state is its cultural richness, indicating 1000 years of indigenous and colonial history.

Over the years, luxury hotels have become a specialty in the region, offering a heavy mix of lavish accommodation, Ayurveda treatments and customized services. Here is the list of top luxury hotels in Kerala for your kind perusal.

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Situated along the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Lake Resort is a heritage property nestled at the little island of Kumarakom. Adjudged as the winner of ‘India’s Leading Resorts Awards’ constituted by the World Travel Awards thrice, it has extensive lagoons, canals and backwaters.

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It is acclaimed as one of the best luxury hotels in Kerala and around the country and sprawls over 25 acres of lush green land. Built with a pleasing architecture, the resort offers a calm and peaceful ambience that stirs the soul of the guests. The in-house Ayurmana Spa is a place where guests can avail rejuvenating therapies for mind, body and soul.

There are various sports activities that you can indulge in such as canoeing, parasailing, pearl spot fishing and trekking etc.

Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam

Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam

Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam

A prominent beach property of Taj Group, Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam is built on the ramparts of a Dutch Fort. Nestled on the pristine stretches of Bay of Bengal, this 5 star beach resort offers fine assortment of well-appointed rooms to its guests. All the rooms reflect a seamless blend of Scandinavian and Modern European architecture.

It spreads over 10 acres of land and reflects the spirit of the sea. Each guest room has been meticulously built to put forth the best views of the outside world. The Coconut Bay Hall and The View are sophisticated in-house venues where business and social events can be organized. Its proximity with the shore temples of Mahabalipuram makes it a tourist friendly destination.

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The Zuri Kumarakom Lake Resort

The Zuri Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala

The Zuri Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kerala

Located in Kumarakom, The Zuri Kumarakom Lake Resort has a full service spa, 2 spa tubs, an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. This 5 star resort features business amenities such as a 24 hour business center, small meeting rooms and limo/town car service. The guest rooms are air-conditioned and include laptop compatible safes and mini-bars.

The availability of multi-purpose halls at the resort makes it a favorite choice among guests for hosting business and party events. The staff can also provide tour assistance and wedding services. For a surcharge, guests receive transportation including a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours), an area shuttle and train pick-up service.

Le Meridian, Kochi

Le Meridian Hotel in Kochi, Kerala

Le Meridian Hotel in Cochin, Kerala

Located in the commercial capital of Kerala, Le Meridian, Cochin has been designed to provide tourists with finest services and facilities. Here tourists can avail some excellent outlets for delicious food.

The tastefully furnished rooms and suites at Le Meridian are fitted with amenities such as in-room wireless and hi-speed wired-internet access. One of the most salient features of this five star property is its smoke-free.

There are conferencing and banqueting facilities available along with extensive health club and sport facilities. Here you can explore space to conduct meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions and weddings etc.

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Old Harbour Hotel, Fort Kochi

Old Harbour Hotel, Fort Kochi, Kerala

Old Harbour Hotel in Fort Kochi

Located at the heart of ancient Fort Cochin, Kerala, Old Harbour Hotel is a 300 year old building that has long been a heritage monument of this town, now reopened as a boutique hotel. No doubt Old Harbour Hotel is touted as one of the best luxury hotels in Kerala as it offers a heady mix of heritage and personalized services.

The hotel is built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences. Its spacious rooms and suites look out over a pretty internal courtyard. The clean lime-washed walls of the 200 year old building double up as a gallery for an impressive contemporary Indian art collection.

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The Leela Kempinski, Kovalam

The Leela Kempinski Hotel in Kovalam

The Leela Kempinski in Kovalam, Kerala

If you are looking forward to a five star resort style amenities and snappy services, The Leela Kempinski, Kerala is a place to be at. A worth candidate for the list of best luxury hotels in Kerala, The Leela Kempinski, Kovalam, will leave you awestruck with its services.

Savor the stunning views over the Lakshadweep Sea from your hotel rooms. It is constructed into a cliff’s face, but to Leela’s advantage, the resort is well-linked with the Kovalam beach.

The ‘Beach View’ category is a little too like living in a large pool, with low ceilinged rooms ranged along corridors. The Sea View Club Wing is simply sensational, with small balconies perched nearly above the crashing water.

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The Lalit Resort & Spa, Bekal

The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, Kerala

The Lalit Resort & Spa in Bekal, Kerala

Located in Kasargod, in the northern district of Kerala, The Lalit Resort & Spa is one of the most uber friendly luxury beach resorts, set up on 26 acres on virgin stretch of northern Kerala. The hotel accommodates its guests in nicely furnished guest rooms.

The resort has a large well-appointed spa that offers health and lifestyle consultations, Ayurvedic treatments, beauty treatments, western & eastern therapies and Yoga.

With a whopping space of 20,000 square feet, it offers most Ayurvedic healing and curative therapies in a traditional form. The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal is the only Spa resort that allows kids to accompany parents.

WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Spa, Kollam

WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Spa in Kollam, Kerala

WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Spa in Kollam

Offering a seamless blend of traditional architecture and customs, WelcomHotel Raviz Resort is a place which offers breathtaking views of the horizon. Located in the midst of nature, on the banks of the scenic Chaliyar River, with gentle flowing breeze, swaying palm trees and shimmering waterside, the resort is a gateway to peace and serenity. The place has always been frequented by travelers since time immemorial.

At WelcomHotel Raviz Resort, you can choose to dine at Oottupura, which is an ideal getaway for family meals. The buffet spread on weekends is one of the main attractions of this beautiful restaurant. ‘The Ayurveda Spa’ offers authentic Ayurvedic treatments in a very tranquil setting. There is a special area in the premises that is dedicated to Yoga activities.

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Palm Tree Heritage, Varkala

Take part in Yoga sessions and ancient Ayurveda massage at Palm Tree Heritage resort in Kerala.

Palm Tree Heritage resort in Kerala

Situated on the beach in Varkala, Palm Tree Heritage in Varkala offers wonderful sea-facing rooms. Apart from Yoga lessons and Ayurvedic massage, guests can dine at the on-site restaurant.

The hotel rooms are very beautiful with individual designed handmade furniture’s and high living standard. Here you can eat good and healthy food at various nearby small restaurants and a nice vacation at the Palm Tree Heritage.

Other than customer satisfaction, the Palm Tree Heritage Resort is equally dedicated to social activities. As soon as they earn a positive income, they aim at sponsoring an orphanage/school in Kerala.

Niraamaya Retreats, Kovalam

Niraamaya Retreats in Kovalam, Kerala

Niraamaya Retreats in Kovalam

A retreat in its own accord, Niraamaya Retreats is surrounded by greenery and the Arabian Sea. These cottages are Kerala style homes which effortlessly blend into a harmonic melody. These cottages effortlessly blend weathered wood and state of the art facilities. It is a paradise wherein vintage architecture with modern day comforts.

Guests can also relish fiery spices of the Far East in the Pan-Asian restaurant. Here you can indulge in sensual baths while you bask yourself in the sun by the swimming pool. A swim in the pool and a walk in the garden are some of the recreational options.

The reason why Niraamaya Retreats has been included in the list of top luxury hotels in Kerala is that it offers rejuvenating experiences for a wonderful journey.

The globally acclaimed Spa at Niraamaya Surya Samudra Resort offers therapeutic traditions from all over the world. Our therapists have mastered Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, Thai and western reflexology techniques. Adding to this is the early morning Yoga Program by the sea.

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, Kerala

Vivanta by Taj Hotel in Kumarakom

Built a bungalow with a beautiful garden, Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom is being inspired from English Missionary ‘Henry Baker’ who has built a colonial bungalow which is now this beautiful hotel.

Nestled on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Vivanta by Taj with its beautiful surroundings and luxurious treatment of guests charms everyone. The delicious Kerala cuisines will delight the guests and the retro lounge bar will let everyone have the best of cocktails.

With their fitness centre, the health conscious people can take care of their health. The best part about this luxurious property is that it is located in proximity to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kumarakom Boat Jetty.

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Vivanta by Taj Trivandrum

Vivanta by Taj Trivandrum, Kerala

Vivanta by Taj Hotel in Trivandrum, Kerala

Located close to the renowned business and entertainment centers of Trivandrum, Vivanta by Taj is a premium 5 star property that exhibits a unique blend of classic and chic. It is strategically located in proximity to railway terminus and airport.

This property has its own Wow factor and welcomes discerning travelers for an incredible experience. This 5 star hotel features business amenities such as a business center, small meeting rooms and limo town cars.

The hotel offers 3 restaurants along with a bar/lounge. Make sure to visit ‘The Fifth Lounge’ that specializes in exotic dishes of Kerala along with the Pan-Indian delicacies.

Vivanta by Taj Bekal

Experience the Grand Jiva Spa at Vivanta by Taj in Bekal.

Vivanta by Taj in Bekal

Spread over 26 acres, Vivanta by Taj Bekal, located on the shores of Kappil beach, is one of Taj Hotel’s new boutique luxury brands. The rooms and villas are inspired by the design of Kettuvalam houseboats and inside they have Chitra Pothi art on the walls.

Spread over a whopping space of 27,000 square feet, the Jiva Grande Spa is a small world in itself, which helps you derive the benefits of holistic wellness. The Jiva Grande Spa, along with other components, has definitely made it to the list of top luxury hotels in Kerala. The spa’s director ‘Dr. Prasanna’ will offer you free consultations on which treatment will suit you the best.

Vivanta by Taj Malabar

Vivanta by Taj Malabar, Kerala

Vivanta by Taj in Malabar, Kerala

Nestled in Cochin, Vivanta by Taj Malabar is a family –friendly hotel that will provide you a magnificent view of Cochin harbor. This 5 star property offers business amenities such as 24-hour business center, small meeting rooms and limo car service.

The staff can provide tour ticket assistance and wedding services. The property has designated areas for smoking. The additional amenities at this Victorian hotel include a health club, children’s pool and nightclub. In addition, a turndown service is offered nightly, housekeeping is available daily and amenities available on request.

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Ashish Gupta

is a travel writer by profession who earns his bread and butter by writing and uses his skills to market holiday destinations in India. Beware and brace yourself for a 30 minute lecture on travel, if you happen to mention about Kerala and Goa in front of him.

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  1. shreya says:

    All the hotels in Kerala has a wow factor in them. So they cannot be compared with each other. They are actually resorts and not hotels. However, loved the place…

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