“The approach is a bit inauspicious, but once you enter and are greeted by the scented garland, er person who places it over you and then brings a refreshing wash towel followed by coconut water still in the nut, you know you’ve entered a place that won’t leave you wanting.

This was my second stay because it provided a perfect respite from the vibrant and fun chaos that goes with visiting India and their cities in particular. The peaceful place that allowed me to relax and unwind before returning home.

The Hermitage’s layout is charming, with winding foot paths connecting the villas that are surrounded by nature. The bungalows are solid, spacious, comfortable, well furnished, with options for cooling (open windows & ceiling fan or closed windows and just ac). Staff are friendly and helpful, the Arabian Sea is swimable with a wide beach and the pool great as well. The on-site food is pretty good and they’ll turn up the heat if you want it that way. And if one wanders off site, on foot or by bike, you’ll experience the charm and warmth of the surrounding farming & fishing communities.

When visiting India and you want a calm, ‘oh this adventure had to end sometime, but let’s end on a serene note’, Neeleshwar is a wonderful place to unwind and just be. I’ll be back again!”

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