India is home to some of the best beach resorts in the world. From high-end accommodations to fine dining experiences and expert wellness treatments, these luxurious beach properties cater to both, the business and leisure traveller.
Here are five Indian beach resorts to visit.
The Leela Kovalam, Kerala
The Leela Kovalam offers a panoramic view of the Kovalam beach and has traditional architecture featuring tiled roofs, wooden interiors and local handicrafts.
Rooms with beach and garden view, Club rooms, Club Duplex suites and the Presidential suite are some of its accommodation types. In-room amenities offered here are a tea/coffee maker, work desk with a business kit, lockers and free wifi.
Guests can enjoy seafood at the resort’s beachside restaurant The Tides. Other F&B outlets here include The Terrace for all-day dining, The Café for global cuisines, and The Bar and The Sky Bar for spirits.
Beach volleyball, speedboat ride and snorkeling are among the beach activities offered by The Leela Kovalam. Other recreational activities available here are ayurvedic spa treatments, kids’ playroom and cultural programs in the evenings. theleela.com
Park Hyatt, Goa
Located at the Arossim beach shore, this Hyatt property is designed in the Indo-Portuguese style of architecture.
Curated with Portuguese artworks, the quaint rooms and suites of Park Hyatt Goa open to an uninterrupted view of the sea. The accommodation types are rooms with a view of either the sea, pool or lagoon, Park Lagoon View suites, Imperador suites, Park Sea View suites and Vista suites. Minifridge, organic bath products, coffee maker and locker are available in the rooms and suites.
Indulge in some Goan flavours at Casa Sarita or visit Palms restaurant for seafood at the resort. Other dining outlets at Park Hyatt Goa include Masala for Indian delights, 24-hour Village Café for international cuisines, and Da Luigi for Italian delicacies. Praia de Luz lounge, Poolside bar and Wine Room serve some of the finest spirits and cocktails. The resort also has Cabanas set up on the beach shore, where guests can relax and even have a menu customised to their tastes.
Park Hyatt Goa offers water sports activities like jet skiing, parasailing and a dolphin cruise. The resort also arranges Camp Hyatt featuring art and craft, a movie room, pottery and library for kids.
In addition, the resort has a range of indoor and outdoor spaces like Salcete, Colva and Loutolim, Pyramids, Seaside lawns, and The Forest for organising business and social events. hyatt.com
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram
Set up by the Bay of Bengal, Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay is in close proximity to the Shore Temple and other UNESCO heritage sites too.
Sea View chalets, Pool villas, Sea View villas and Business Class rooms are few of the accommodation types available at this luxury property. In-room features include coffee/tea maker, minibar and free wifi. For corporate travellers, the resort also has head and foot massage service, discounts on international phone calls and free breakfast.
Its F&B options include Waters Edge Café for international cuisines and Wharf 2.0 for seafood delicacies. Cocktails and spirits are served at Maritime Tales and Sindbad bar.
Recreational activities offered at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay include ATV bike and boat rides, scuba diving, canoeing, and archery. The resort also has a spacious ballroom for large gatherings, and for a smaller crowd, the Cabin room and a lawn are ideal. radissonblu.com
Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa, Goa
Spread across 42 acres of land, Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa offers a beautiful view of the beach that stretches from Sinquerim to Calangute.
All room categories at this Taj property face the sea — Deluxe rooms, Premium rooms and Hermitage villas. The rooms and suites are equipped with facilities like electronic safe, tea/coffee maker, organic bath products, and cabinets with snacks, chocolates and beverages.
F&B offerings at Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa include Morisco that serves seafood, IL Camino for Italian delicacies and Kokum Kitchen for continental and oriental dishes. SFX lounge bar and Martini Bar have extensive menus with a range of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. Other highlights of the resort include the Champagne Sunset Cruise where guests enjoy the finest champagne drinks and a private dining space set up by the beach, lawn or the pavilion.
For spa treatments, Taj’s signature Jiva spa provides Indian therapies, aromatherapies, body scrubs, and yoga sessions.
Taj Fort Aguada Resort and Spa has a host of beach activities like snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, rappelling up the fort and rope-assisted climbing at a rock face within the property. tajhotels.com
Le Pondy, Pondicherry
Located at an estuary between Chunnambar River and Bay of Bengal, Le Pondy reflects French architecture.
The 70-key beach resort offers accommodation types like Lake Facing rooms, Sea Facing rooms, Luxury Pool villas and a Presidential Pool villa. In-room amenities at Le Pondy include safe locker, internet, tea/coffee maker and bathroom essentials.
Food and drinks are available at Le Pondy’s multi-cuisine restaurant, a private dining gazebo, a poolside bar and a sea facing bar.
Other facilities at Le Pondy are spa treatments, an Ayurveda centre, a yoga studio and a kids’ playroom. A banquet hall, boardroom and the poolside area can be booked for events. Le Pondy