Once run by the government, the best-sited property in Kovalam recently completed a major renovation under the Kempinski Hotels group. The main block, designed by Mumbai-based architect Charles Correa, is built in tiers on a bluff overlooking the Arabian Sea. All rooms have balconies and at least a partial sea view; beachfront chalets also have tiny private compounds and windowed bathrooms. Views of the sunsets are spectacular here. In the "private club" wing, guests pay
a premium for the exclusive restaurant, spa, and swimming pool.
Kovalam, Kerala, 695527, India