Now we know why the state still ranks the highest when it comes to authentic Ayurvedic experiences. And of course, these spas in Kerala are great places to start your wellness journey! Their spa directors help you understand concepts easily, treatments range from those for newbies to others meant for hard-core wellness seekers.
The Zuri Kumarakom
LOCATION: Kumarakom on the Vembanad Lake
NEAREST AIRPORT: Kochi (80 kms)
Retaining characteristic architecture and design details inspired by local heritage, The Zuri Kumarakom pays as much attention to what’s around as it does to what’s on the inside. Located on the brink of the backwaters, houseboats rides and trips to the nearby island are half the cure anyone needs. In case one might mistake the hotel to be too luxurious to take its Ayurveda seriously, the hotel is quick to remind you that that Kerala Government has accredited it as an authentic Ayurveda centre with a coveted Green Leaf certiﬁcation. With less emphasis on diet, the restaurant and bar will be happy to serve whatever your heart desires.
Kumarakom Lake Resort
NEAREST AIRPORTS: Kochi (70 kms)
Oﬀering a range of luxury rooms, suites and even the option to stay in a houseboat, the accommodation is well appointed and celebrates Keralan design in all its detail. The Ayurveda spa in fact retains every original intricacy of the original Ayurmana (home of a renowned group of practitioners) in its beams and walls, as it was imported in its entirety from its original location. Despite the acknowledged wisdom that beauty runs more than skin deep, the Ayurveda centre is more than happy to also skim the surface with their range of beauty and facial rituals, in addition to treating medical ailments.
Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village
NEAREST AIRPORT: Coimbatore (75 kms) or Kochi Airport (125 kms)
Nestled amidst greenery, this 50-acre healing village has 30 villas that have been designed completely based on Vastu Shastra. One of the best spas in Kerala, this village aims at oﬀering holistic solutions for your health problems, lifestyle diseases such as stress and obesity, and eye and skin ailments. While their Ayurvedic therapies are a major draw, tourists come to the centre to enjoy its natural setting and make use of all modern-day conveniences you’d expect from a luxury resort— ﬁne-dining restaurants, lavish swimming pool, and recreational facilities such as tennis courts and a library. Even if you’re not a believer, do try astrology and palmistry here.
The Leela Kovalam Beach
LOCATION: Kovalam Beach
NEAREST AIRPORT: Trivandrum (13 kms)
We suspect half the magic of this immensely popular resort lies in one word—location, three times over. Situated on a rocky stretch of the beach, the property doesn’t ﬁght the landscape but instead integrates it in its staggered ﬂoor design. The spa occupies 8,000 square feet of light ﬁlled space on the cliﬀ top, with the yoga pavilion oﬀering stunning views of the sea. An in-house consultant assesses individual guest needs to ﬁnd a suitable therapy from its range of Ayurvedic treatments. Other than targeted massages and rituals for improving head, back and eye problems, the spa oﬀers relaxation programmes as well.