A small coastal town in sleepy northern Kerala, Neeleshwar is home to the excellent Neeleshwar Hermitage hotel. Overlooking the Arabian Sea and walking distance from a lovely unspoilt beach, Neeleshwar Hermitage is an outstanding property of understated elegance. The emphasis here is on relaxation, rooms are large and airy and the hotel also specialises in Ayurvedic treatments, massage and rejuvenation therapies. Along with yoga, the spa, organised talks, cookery classes and a lovely swimming pool, backwater cruises and visits to local temples and villages can also be arranged. Although remote, Neeleshwar can be reached by road from the airports of Mangalore and Kozhikode – the former well linked domestically and the latter offering international connections with Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Etihad Airways.