Some places transcend space and time. At Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, you’ll be privy to some of the most magical experiences in the world. Enveloped by Kerala’s scenic tropical landscape, this Relais & Chateaux property will indulge you with its luxury offerings, as well as rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with its stellar wellness programmes. You can’t help but come back for more.
From the steep cliff-edge on which stands Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, the views of secluded wind-swept beaches are incredible. The Arabian Sea and the rustling coconut palms provide the perfect background score while you daydream. The retreat channels nature’s healing powers through its verdant terrains, its sandy beaches and the relaxing salty sea-breeze.
You are never too far from the panoramic view of the brilliant blue sea—whether in hidden alcoves and verandas that straddle the cottages; in garden pergolas, topped by wooden canopies and ringed by gossamer white curtains, or in the open-air pavilions adorned by carved pillars, where guests participate in daily yoga and meditation sessions.
Peppered across the property are countless carefully handcrafted stone sculptures—lending a peaceful artistic vibe to the already tranquil setting. Adding to the peaceful ambience are central water courts, featuring floating lotus ponds, reminiscent of the inner courtyards of traditional homes in the south of India.
Rooms with a view
The dramatic natural setting is perfectly complemented by the distinctive heritage architecture that throws a spotlight on Kerala’s glorious past. With a former mansion-turned-hotel at its highest point on the cliff, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam has a series of carefully restored Tharavadu or traditional Kerala-style homes, which have been converted to cottages and public spaces like the lobby, spa and restaurants.
Guests staying in heritage premium rooms, characterised by ornate doors, terracotta roofs and carved pillars, enjoy stunning sea-views. The other equally indulgent rooms open to landscaped gardens and enjoy bursts of ocean blue. The Banyan Tree Bungalow, one of the signature suites, overlooks an ancient banyan tree with branches spread out like a protective awning—making it ideal for a romantic getaway.
The Octagon, which is another signature suite, is an expansive traditional stone house built in Kerala-style architecture with expansive views of the Arabian Sea, featuring a private sundeck and open-to-sky baths with rain showers.
Where Surya meets Samudra
The striking red clay roofs of the suites are an alluring contrast to the blue sea and the green surroundings. They create a perfect palette of colours matched only by ravishing sunrises and sunsets, which, for a few moments, cover the retreat in an orange-red glow. Spend an early morning, taking in the sea and the sunrise, even as you indulge in a spot of yoga or meditation. Enjoy a drink or a meal as the sun goes down while the sky turns an inky blue.
Niraamaya Retreats’ Surya Samudra is also one of Kerala’s foremost wellness retreats, which offers the healing powers of its immersive Ayurveda traditions and recreates its rich culinary traditions in unsullied surroundings.
The birds-eye view from the infinity swimming pool is unmatchable. From the edge of the infinity pool—which is carved out of a single-piece natural stone—you will be greeted by uninhibited vistas of the sea lapping the coastal stretch. Little wonder, then, it’s the most coveted spot on the property—there is nothing manmade standing between you and nature in all its wondrous beauty.
Fishing boats bob calmly on the waves while you watch the sun paint the sky with its golden rays as it embraces the sea. Sunsets from the pool are stuff that dreams are made of. Bask in the golden hour either while swimming or simply while lounging by the poolside. Time will stand still, albeit for a few moments. The space and the memories will stay with you even after you’ve left. Until the next time….