Surya Samudra Kovalam adjudged India’s Best Wellness Retreat

Niraamaya Spa Retreat Surya Samudra, Kovalam adjudged ‘India’s Best Wellness Retreat’ at the prestigious World Spa Awards.

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We are delighted to announce that Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, has been adjudged India’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018 at the 4th annual World Spa Awards. This is our third win at the prestigious awards, having bagged the awards twice in a row — in 2015 and 2016.

The World Spa Awards is an annual initiative that celebrates and rewards leaders in spa and wellness tourism. Acknowledgment in any of the listed categories is considered high achievement by spas across the world. Winners are chosen by a jury of fellow professionals. The glamorous 2018 award ceremony was hosted at the ocean-fronted St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort and was attended by pioneers, influencers, and peers from the global spa world.

Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra: Spa haven on the Arabian Sea coastline Epitomising luxury and wellness, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is perched on a layered cliff-edge in a quiet corner of the picturesque Kovalam coastline, peppered with crescent beaches. The sea-fronted Relais & Chateaux property, enveloped by Kovalam’s tropical landscape and a private beach is a seamless integration of spectacular location, heritage Tharavadu architecture drawn from Kerala’s glorious past, unmatched luxury and, above all, our philosophy of wellness. With just 31 meticulously restored Tharawads sprawled over a large 32-acres expanse, at Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, we believe in the power of staying small while offering big experiences.

Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, is a wellness oasis that offers healing powers of immersive Ayurveda traditions and recreates Kerala’s rich culinary traditions in unsullied surroundings. Our holistic approach to wellness permeates everything — from the food we serve to our full-service spa with a spectrum of therapies, both western and Ayurveda.

At Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, our approach to wellness embodies the brand’s philosophy of body, mind and spiritual rejuvenation. An array of short interventional programmes, and long (14 to 21-days) programmes, span a range of therapies drawn from Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, sound therapy and diet. All of which focus on a guest’s body type and needs. In addition to our extensive wellness menu, crafted in consonance with experienced Ayurveda doctors who head the spa, at our restaurants our menu lists dishes made using the freshest of local ingredients, including the produce of the sea. Unlike most luxury hotels, we do not serve a buffet. Our à la carte meals are cooked fresh and often customised, which is an essential part of our wellness philosophy.

As a nature-inspired sanctuary, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, combines traditional spa services with time-honoured therapies. A daily calendar of activities such as massages, therapies derived from the ancient practice of Ayurveda, meditation, yoga and other such lifestyle practices elevates the stay and spa experience.

At Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra, Kovalam, you’ll be privy to some of the most magical experiences.


World Spa Awards was developed in reaction to an overwhelming demand form the spa industry for a programme that was fair and transparent. A programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence and help foster a new era of growth in spa tourism.