Neeleshwar Hermitage Hotel, Kasaragod, Kerala $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Complementing the unspoiled beauty of Kerala, these 16 traditional thatched-roof cottages with verandas are dispersed like a fishing village along a long sandy beach and are furnished in a rustic style, with boxy hardwood and cane furniture and cotton spreads and shades. There are iPod docks but no TVs, and the large bathroom is partially open to the sky. Drawbacks are opaque blinds that don't let you look out during the day, and hot water and air-conditioning that can have a perverse will of their own. Such glitches do little to impair an experience that is paradisiacally relaxing, especially if aided by sybaritic spa treatments, lounging by the infinity pool, and the delightfully attentive service. The restaurant cuisine is almost entirely Kerala style, with an emphasis on locally caught fish and fresh coconut.2009 Hot List
When to go: During the second half of March, just after prices drop.
Which room to book: A Sea View Cottage, preferably No. 7, for the best vista and privacy.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›