Ayurveda is the focus of this soothing resort on the shores of Ashtamudi Lake, but even without undergoing treatment, you can expect to find peace here, where Chinese fishing nets flicker in the morning mists that rise off the silvery lake. The hotel's lovely floating cottages that bob on the lake are a huge draw. Manicured lawns and well-kept hedges on the grounds are brightened by splashes of bougainvilla. The hotel also has a series of two-story white chalets lining the waterfront. Rooms are spacious and equipped with LCD televisions and DVD players, coffeemakers, and cane furniture; each has a balcony with a memorable lake view. Home-style food in the open-air restaurant is made to order. Because Mahindra club members have first dibs on rooms, reserve at least 15 days in advance.
Chavara South, Quilon, Kerala, 691584, India
476-288–2310; 476-288–2357; 476-288–2655