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India's Best Beach Hotels

Surya Samudra


Perched on a cliff and overlooking a beach washed by rolling waves of the Arabian Sea, the Surya Samudra at Kovalam immerses its guests in a world of orange sunsets, flavourful food and quiet comfort. Recently brought under the banner of Niraamaya Retreats, the resort is spread over acres of leafy gardens and opens onto the seaside at the back. Its beaches are hidden away, keeping the hustle and bustle of the outside world at bay. The cottages here are built just like traditional dwellings, crafted from seasoned wood and with well-finished floors. Each residence is set apart in a private enclave, making sure that you get all the privacy you need. At the hotel's spa, trained therapists explore the time-honoured discipline of Ayurveda to help you attain good health and a deeper sense of well being. So if you're in Kovalam, choose Surya Samudra.

Zest Big Beach


Having reopened after a cyclone struck it on December 30 last year, Zest Big Beach, located a few kilometers outside Pondicherry, has recovered almost completely from the damage that was caused. Just steps away from the quiet beach, the property sprawls over 24 acres, giving you just what you want from your holiday, peace and space, lots and lots of both. As you enter the resort, the warm welcome you get and absolute sense of comfort you feel, it'd be just as if you've come home. Besides the friendly staff, the laid-back ambiance and lip-smacking meals will leave you feeling all cozy and wonderfully rested. For the more active guests, the Zest Big Beach also offers activities like paintball, target shooting, cycling, beach volleyball, beach cricket, pottery and board games and if there's more exploring that you would want to do, pleasant little Pondicherry, with its French quarter and tree-lined streets is just waiting for you

Ozran Heights Beach Resort

Vagator, North Goa

The sunsets are what you'll remember when you're back home; and the sea, boundless and blue. On a beautiful stretch of the Ozran or Small Vagator beach as it is also called, the Ozran Heights Beach Resort sits pretty, ensconcing its guests in luxurious comfort but with warmth that is genuine and homely. Breeze blowing in from the ocean and sound of the waves crashing onto the rocks will be your constant companions while you're here, reminding you always that the sea is not far off. But if your plan is to paint the town red, then Goa's hotspots are not far-off either. Barely 15 minutes away, Anjuna and Baga beaches are the places to head-off to when you want to eat, drink and dance. Besides uninterrupted views of the sea, the cottages at Ozran come with private balconies, LCD televisions, Wi-Fi, and are surrounded by green on all sides.

Palolem Beach Resort

Palolem, South Goa

This is the place to come to if you want to forget the world, and acquire perpetually sandy toes. Set on the sands of the crescent shaped Palolem beach, Palolem Beach Resort is not really the place to go if you want luxury but what it has in plenty is atmosphere. Walkways lined with shrubs and flowers, lead around the grounds and also towards the sea, which is where all the action is. You can choose to stay either in tents, cottages or rooms, all of which are surrounded by leafy gardens that give the place its bright, fresh feel. The sea-fronted restaurant serves delicious Goan seafood and is just the place to while away the hours, watching the waters turn from blue-green to orange to grey as the sun goes down.

Prakruti Resort


Live in the sunshine; hum your tune to the ocean. Drink the wild sea breeze, and breathe in, her fragrance. You can have all of this, and that too not at the expense of your comfort bubble. Prakruti Resort at Kashid, a seaside town near Alibag, is where you can immerse yourself in nature and forget everything else. The beach is just a stone's throw away, where you can take long walks, ride a boat into the sea and in the evening, watch the sun go down. At the restaurant, let authentic Malwani cuisine entice your taste buds and if you've had too much of the peace, dance the night away on the dance floor. Go bird-watching at the Phansad Bird Santuary, a reserve forest located behind the resort and get your fix of nature. Just get yourself down to this sleepy beach town and the sea breeze will do the rest.