A Holistic Retreat in Kerala
FURTHER JOURNEYS IN INDIA
Day 1 - Arrive
Arrival at the Banyan Tree Kerala is a dramatic affair as you sail through the Backwaters directly into the lobby to check in.
Banyan Tree Kerala is located in the tropical backwaters of Alleppey, set in a beautiful position with sea views on the private island of Nediyathuruthu. The resort's style takes its inspiration from the arts and crafts of Kerala, such as the colourful art of Kathakali and traditional Keralan woodwork. Flora and fauna are elaborately carved into the dark teak wood of the doors and archways whilst metalwork of the region is evident in the copper wall hangings and Aranmula metal mirrors.
The resort is an all pool villa resort. Choose from:
The Deluxe Pool Villa offers a combined living/bedroom with a generous outdoor area with terrace, timber sundeck and outdoor shower.
The Grand Pool Villa has spacious interiors with a large private outdoor area. The living room is separate from the bedroom.
The Double Pool Villa features not one, but two private swimming pools and two bedrooms, the second doubling as a private spa should you wish. This category is especially well suited for honeymooners or those seeking extra privacy.
The grand Presidential Villa is suitable for those hosting friends and family. The interior comprises an expansive living area with two large bedrooms. The extensive outdoor area has a private pool, timber sundeck, porch, pond and outdoor shower.
Overnight: Banyan Tree Kerala
Days 2 - 7 - Kerala
Enjoy the resort and the Backwaters.
Well known as a wellness destination, the resort includes a spa with dedicated Ayrurvedic Centre catering for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Treatments are based on centuries old practices, using the healing powers of aromatic oils and spices. Various Ayurvedic treatments are on offer, as well as complete wellness programmes including lifestyle consultations, treatments and yoga over three to seven days to leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.
Outside of the Spa, the resort pool has beautiful views over the water; try the gymnasium or start your day on the yoga pavilion. An activity island offers a recreation zone with multi-purpose court, climbing wall and archery range. The Kid's Club caters for children aged between 4 and 12 and offers activities such as painting, baking, storytelling and Indian folkdance.
Explore Kerala's culture with a choice of Cookery Classes and traditional Indian arts and crafts sessions. Alternatively, unwind in the Library and Games Room.
Beyond the resort itself,cruise the Backwaters on a traditional Keralan Houseboat, exploring the lush tropical waterways of the region. Learn about the local fishing practices or clam diving. Visit a local village or explore the indigenous flora and fauna.
The stunning colonial city of Cochin is nearby and well worth a visit. See the ubiquitous Chinese fishing nets, the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jew Street, the beautiful Cochin Synagogue and the St Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was buried.
The dining experience at Banyan Tree Kerala incorporates the flavours of Kerala as well as the piquant spices of Thailand and the aromatic herbs of the Mediterranean. For cuisine with wellness in mind, head for the Spa Café which serves food inspired by the tri-dosha concept of Ayurveda; The Watercourt offers international and South Indian dining whilst Saffron serves fragrant Thai dishes in a contemporary setting. For private dining, enjoy Banyan Tree's signature Destination Dining experience in the privacy of your pool villa or on board the Houseboat as you sail to a private island.
Overnight: Banyan Tree Kerala
Day 8 - Depart
This morning, depart your resort for your flight home.
From £2,225 per person including: 7 nights in a Deluxe Pool Villa with daily breakfast and economy flights with Emirates via Dubai and return airport transfers from Cochin airport.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our India specialist, Rachel Cooper, for your own tailor-made holiday to Kerala on +44 (0)1242 787814.
NB: Guests booking a holiday staying at a Banyan Tree resort (or their sister resort group, Angsana) in 2013 will receive a gift box of two bottle of Pol Roger Champagne. See here for details.
There are no direct flights to Cochin from the UK, so one way to get there would be to fly with British Airways or with Jet Airways to Mumbai and then connect down to Cochin. This provides a wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of nights in Mumbai on the way through, either at the start or on the way home, and see India's fascinating commercial capital.
Another alternative might be to fly with Emirates to Cochin, via Dubai and extend your trip in Dubai. There is now also a direct flight from Cochin to Male in the Maldives, which allows you to extend your trip with time on a perfect tropical beach after your week on the Backwaters.