Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra
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Niraamaya Retreats, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
A Seaside Retreat
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Kovalam is a beach town with three beautiful crescent beaches and is easily accessibly from Thiruvananthapuram. Once a sleepy fishing village, it was frequented by the Maharaja of Travencore and as word of mouth descriptions of the beauty of this place spread, the Europeans began to visit in the 1930s. There are three main beaches separated by cliffs and the waters here are ideal for swimming.

Perfectly Rare

The retreat’s location is away from the usually active Kovalam beaches making it an ideal getaway for an indulgent sojourn.

Know Your Host

Niraamaya Retreats is a collection of hotels in unique destinations within India. With Surya Samudra as the flagship retreat, the focus has been on slow travel, wellness and luxury since its early days. Headed by CEO Manu Rishi Guptha, the retreats and the experiences are designed to help seize the...

Niraamaya Retreats’ Surya Samudra is perched on a cliff flanked by secluded beaches and coconut trees. The design keeps the local Keralan architecture in mind and is reflected across the accommodation. Surya Samudra offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the sound of the crashing waves offer you company during your stay here. The concept is that of well-being with an emphasis of revitalising the mind, body and soul to allow for self-reflection and realisation. The Retreat offers wellness immersions such as healing therapies, Yoga, mindful living and meditation.

Niraamaya Retreats’ Surya Samudra was initially the home of Klaus Schleusener, a German teacher from Madras University. Klaus came here in 1982, fell in love with the location, roped in an architect Karl Damschen and transformed the barren hill as his home. A few years later, he converted it to a Bed & Breakfast with just one room to offer and went ahead to buy several old tharawad homes that were being demolished in Kerala. These restored tharawads are what make up the accommodation at Surya Samudra today. It went on to receive the status of Heritage Hotel from the Department of Tourism, Government of India in 1995. Jupiter Capital Venture took over Surya Samudra in 2007 and was rebranded as Niraamaya Retreats in 2012.

The Retreat offers 33 rooms in all – each are distinctly Keralan in architecture, are fully furnished, air-conditioned, have open-to-sky bathrooms and are equipped with all modern amenities. The nine Rock Garden rooms are set amidst the gardens and coconut groves, the eight Heritage Classic rooms open on to the landscaped gardens, the six Superior Rooms offer partial sea-views and the seven Heritage Premium rooms are authentic accommodations with ornate doors, terracotta roofs, carved pillars and come with private sit-outs and panoramic views of the sea.

The Octagon is a traditional stone house featuring majestic waterfront views, while the Banyan Tree Bungalow is modelled around a 100-year-old banyan tree and is ideal for a couple, honeymooners and those looking for a romantic getaway. The Family Villa comes with three bedrooms, a vintage library collection, a private plunge pool and a sun deck making it perfect for families or a small group of friends.

Dining

There are plenty of dining options that offer a cuisine that uses fresh ingredients from the organic garden. The pan-Asian restaurant Essence overlooks the Arabian Sea serving up the catch of the day. Café Samsara is the all-day dining restaurant with a global menu while Madira Bar is the place to be for the sundowner, offering views of the endless horizon.

The experiences at Niraamaya are focussed on wellness of the mind, body and soul. There is a team of expert Ayurvedic doctors, skilled therapists, nutritionists, yogis, fitness experts, and chefs who create personalised wellness sessions using a combination of traditional Ayurvedic therapies, healthy movement and focussed diet routines.

The Niraamaya Wellness Center is home to the pathbreaking Curative & Functional Medicine Residential Programs. The programs are designed to specifically address and eliminating the chronic lifestyle issues of today including stress, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Following the principles of Ayurveda, Functional Medicine looks at a holistic treatment, seeking to identify and address the root cause of a disease. The doctors and health coaches examine each guest individually taking in to account the lifestyle, medical, health and genetic history whilst also looking at the spiritual, mental and physiological wellbeing. This allows for a gradual elimination of chronic and lifestyle ailments, increasing the health span and reducing the dependency on medicines.

Several spots can be visited from Surya Samudra with day trips to Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, the Padmanabhapuram temple, Suchindram temple and the Nevyardam dam.

Private or group Yoga sessions on the cliff-edged platform are an experience and are conducted by a professional instructor. The Niraamaya Spa is the perfect go-to place to soothe your senses. The infinity pool is perfect to lounge in and other activities including pottery and cooking classes, sunset cruises and cultural immersions can be availed of.

Perfect for

With wellness as a theme, it is ideal for those looking for a short rejuvenation program to those focussed on making a lifestyle change. The Retreat is ideal for small conferences with all facilities in place.

Operational Status

Niraamaya Retreats’ Surya Samudra is open all year.

At Niraamaya an interesting policy in place is that every new staff member has to plant a tree on the first day of joining. The staff is given training on using resources optimally and are part of tree plantation drives within and outside the retreat.

At Surya Samudra, water is sourced from the well and is used after it is passed through a water treatment plant. There is also a UV and RO processing plant and the waste water generated from it is used for gardening along with the swimming pool and fountain waste water. All taps on the premises are fixed with water saving aerators. Various measures have been adopted to conserve ground water, rain water and water from other natural resources. With plenty of coconut trees, the coconuts are used as welcome drinks, a natural and waste free alternative.

The wood within the rooms is polished with an eco-friendly polish. Use of traditional building methods such as traditional roof tiles ensure natural cooling and to maintain authenticity, the floors have been made using local Athangudi tiles and Kadappa stones. The guest bathrooms are open-to-sky and thus have no need for artificial light to be used. Electric buggies are used on site instead of fuel operated ones. The trees within the property provide shade and make the retreat cool. Energy efficient lighting is used across the hotel, and periodic maintenance is carried out to ensure no wastage of electricity. The hotel is looking in to incorporating solar energy and a no electricity pump to further reduce dependence on the same.

Single use plastic is discouraged and drinks are made with freshly squeezed fruits and not packed or bottled juices and served with paper straws instead of plastic ones. Tea and coffee are served with fresh cow milk, and jams and pickles are made in house and sourced from outside thus eliminating packaging. Garbage is segregated in to biodegradable that consists of food waste and is mixed with cow dung and leaves to make manure that is then used for gardening; and in to non-biodegradable waste keeping plastic and paper separate, with plastic bottles sent for recycling. The dry cleaning services offered make use of non-toxic biodegradable cleaning solvents. The inhouse gift shop sells handmade and handicraft products made from coconuts, cotton, reused paper, etc. Organic bath amenities are provided for guests. Guests can “Leave a Legacy” in the form of a charge that plants a tree and the money is donated to Mahila Mandiram, a Women Welfare NGO in Trivandrum.

No Single Use Plastic The Human Touch Safe Garbage Disposal Water Conservation Sensitive Destination Discovery
RARE Tip
Idle away in the infinity pool after a day at the spa or an outing and watch the mesmerising sunset over the shimmering sea.
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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Absolute Gem
by arathyj on 01/21/2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 days stay. I was in love with our room, the food was excellent and the Ayurveda massage we got was an experience in itself. Thanks to the whole team for making our trip...

Paradise revisited
by Anandu04 on 01/20/2022

Niraamaya Surya Samudra at Kovalam - It was perfection indeed. The sea facing cottages, the mouth watering food, the fresh air,plants, the authentic classic soothing massages at the spa - it was one...

Amazing stay and fantastic experience
by Vivek04081997 on 01/19/2022

Niraamaya was amazing no words to sayyyy. Ambiance was awesome and all the staffs are helpful & curious. We booked two rooms we got the rooms nearby near aswel us food quality was excellent...

Nearest Airport : Trivandrum - 20 km
Nearest Railway Station : Trivandrum - 25 km

Cancellation Policy:

FIT & GIT BOOKINGS

Confirmed dates/Days may be altered, cancelled or cut short for the stay period mentioned below, ONLY IF the intimation reaches the company via email 30 days prior to the check-in date (D-30) for

SUMMER BOOKINGS

Cancellation which is not initiated at a minimum of 30 days prior to the check-in date (D-30), would incur 100% retention charges of the TOTAL PACKAGE.

Period of stay:16th April 2020 to 30th September 2020

Confirmed dates/Days may be altered, cancelled or cut short for the stay period mentioned below, ONLY IF the intimation reaches the company via email 60 days prior to the check-in date (D-60) for

WINTER BOOKINGS

Cancellation which is not initiated at a minimum of 60 days prior to the check-in date (D-60), would incur 100% retention charges of the TOTAL PACKAGE.

Period of stay: 01st October 2020 to 17th December 2020 & 11th January 2021 to 31st March 2021

BOOKINGS FOR SUPER PEAK PERIOD

ALL reservations for the below-mentioned dates are non-amendable, non-cancellable and non-refundable, at the respective retreats.

Period of stay: 18th December 2020 to 10th January 2021

No refund is applicable for no show.

Terms & Conditions:

Smoking is permitted outdoors only. Either in the sit out or around the gardens.  

Airport Transfers available on request, charges apply.

Credit cards : Master & Visa cards.

Newspapers are available on request.

No parking charges are applicable.

Pets are not allowed.

Tips are not allowed, however if you wish to kindly drop it in the tip box, which is in the reception area.

Baby cots & extra beds are available on request, charges apply.

Rights of admission reserved.

 

DEPOSIT POLICY

Subsequent to the reservation made for the below period (SUMMER), the operator needs to share the confirmation voucher along with an advance of 50% of the total booking value, on or before the cut-off date. Balance 50% of the total package value to be settled 30 days prior to the arrival date (D-30).

Period of stay:16th April 2020 to 30th September 2020

Subsequent to the reservation made for the below period (WINTER SPECIAL/ WINTER), the operator needs to share the confirmation voucher along with an advance of 25% of the total booking value, on or before the cut-off date. Balance 75% of the total package value to be settled 60 days prior to the arrival date (D-60).

Period of stay: 01st October 2020 to 17th December 2020 & 11th January 2021 to 31st March 2021

Subsequent to the reservation made for the below period (SUPER PEAK), the operator needs to share the confirmation voucher along with an advance of 100% of the total booking value, on or before the cutoff date.

Period of stay:18th December 2020 to 10th January 2021