Experiences

Wellness Experiences

Nirvana at the Hermitage

Embark on a blissful journey that offers an exceptional combination of four days at Neeleshwar Hermitage, a stylish retreat on a peaceful palm-fringed beach, and a two day cruise through the tranquil Malabar backwaters. While at the hotel your visit will be enhanced by a rejuvenating personal treatment programme for body, mind and soul. The cruise will be on The Lotus, a two-bedroom rice barge offering serene comfort and exquisite style, and it offers the chance to feast your senses on superb views, birdwatching and the unhurried rhythms of village life.

Nirvana Package: 06 Nights.

Fitness & Activity - For the Fitness Frenzy

A unique lifestyle programme combining a delightful trek in Western Ghats, a bike ride along the Malabar Coast and the Hermitage Wellness Programme to keep you fit and glowing!

Fitness Package: Minimum 07 Nights

Detox at Priya

This will consist of two treatments [one in the morning, one in the afternoon] per person, per day. The exact nature of these treatments will be decided by our in-house vaidya [ayurvedic doctor] after a personal consultation with each client to ascertain their body-type [prakriti] and particular physiological [dosha] imbalances.

Detox Package: 07 Nights, 14 Nights,21 Nights,28 Nights

Tranquility by the Sea

The setting of the Hermitage is ideal for relaxation. Lulled by the regular rhythm of the waves and smoothed by the meditative atmosphere and physical beauty of the site, the visitor automatically begins to unwind and settle into a more natural way of life. This sense of well-being is nourished by the excellent food and the genuine friendliness of the staff. The benign atmosphere and surroundings provide the ideal basis for specific treatments such as this package.

Tranquillity By Sea: 04 Nights, 06 Nights, 09 Nights

Bust your Stress Away

This will consist of one treatments per person, per day. The exact nature of these treatments will be decided by our in-house vaidya [ayurvedic doctor] after a personal consultation with each client to ascertain their body-type [prakriti] and particular physiological [dosha] imbalances.

Stress Buster Package: 07 Nights, 14 Nights, 21 Nights,28 Nights

Yoga at the Hermitage

Yoga is an indispensable aid to good health, a natural and enjoyable way to bring your mind, body and spirit back into balance. Increasing numbers of people are finding that a simple yoga routine can add hugely to your enjoyment of life.

Here at The Hermitage we are fortunate to have the opportunity to practice yoga in the most beautiful and tranquil natural surroundings: surrounded by graceful coconut palms and cooled by balmy breezes from the Arabian Sea.

All our packages take advantage of this delightful setting by including a ‘Tuning into Nature’ session that includes a guided meditation built into a walk along our beach.

Our teacher is Shri Anil Kumar, who has been teaching classical Hatha Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga School) for eleven years.

Anil has a postgraduate diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) from SVYASA Yoga University Bangalore; a diploma in Yogic Science & Indigenous Health Care (DYS) from Kannur University and a diploma in Yogic Science & Naturopathy (DNYS) from New Delhi. He has also taken a Yoga Vedanta course from the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh.

His emphasis is always on ease and naturalness, so that the body is cultured and the nervous system refined of its impurities in a gradual and systematic way.

Our yoga classes take place in the Patanjali Yoga Hall overlooking the beach. The building is built of wood and stone and is light, spacious and airy. It sits at the south of the plot offering fine views of the ocean while providing a calm and tranquil atmosphere lulled by the sound of the waves.

Yoga Package: 05 Nights, 7 Nights, 12 Nights

Romantic Experiences

Love, Beauty, Magic at Neeleshwar Hermitage

What better way to start your married life than to spend quality time in a paradise garden by the Arabian Sea? Tranquil and secluded, Neeleshwar Hermitage offers authentic and delicious food served in beautiful surroundings, charming staff, an Ayurvedic spa with a wide range of relaxing and revitalising treatments, a pristine beach stretching for miles and safe swimming in the sea or infinity pool. Come and spend an unforgettable honeymoon with us...

Honeymoon Package: 05 Nights & 07 Nights

Culinary Experiences

Each afternoon there will be a cookery class conducted by one of our Chefs. This will take place in the main kitchen and will run from 3 – 4 pm. The dishes being taught will vary each day depending on seasonal availability of the ingredients, and will give you a unique cooking skill to take home. If you wish to take a class, please book at the reception desk the evening before.

Each afternoon there will be a cookery class conducted by one of our Chefs. This will take place in the main kitchen and will run from 3 – 4 pm and will cost Rs. 2700/- per head.

The dishes being taught will vary each day depending on seasonal availability of the ingredients, and will give you a unique cooking skill to take home.

If you wish to take a class, please book at the reception desk the evening before.

Special Experiences

Connecting with the Source – With Alistair Shearer

How to gain the support of nature in your life - A seven day course

There is a universal field of intelligence which underlies all life. Ignorance of this field results in suffering, whereas acting in harmony with it brings success and happiness into our life in a natural way, supplementing our individual efforts with the spontaneous support of others and our surroundings.

Based on traditional wisdom of the Vedic philosophy, this course will teach you an easy and enjoyable way to contact this field and enjoy the benefits. Practical techniques will be combined with an understanding of consciousness and the principles that structure body, mind and spirit, resulting in an inspiring vision of the purpose and destiny of human existence.

Course leader

Alistair Shearer has been teaching meditation therapies around Europe for over thirty years. His translations of the key Sanskrit yoga texts such as the Yoga Sutras and the Upanishads have won acclaim from critics as various as Ram Dass, Jacob Needleman and John Updike.

Alistair is the cultural director and co-founder of Neeleshwar Hermitage, and his influence as spiritual guide to The Hermitage and its people can be felt in its tranquil atmosphere.

Timings

The course will run for two and half hours each day. In the morning there will be a workshop and meditation session (1 and a half hrs.) and in the afternoon yoga and pranayama practice (1 hr.). This nicely balanced routine will leave ample time to enjoy the restful environs of The Hermitage.

Ayurveda

Each course participant will begin their course with a personal consultation with Dr. Suma, our in-house ayurvedic doctor. This consultation will determine their particular physiological imbalances, and prescribe a personal dietary regime to be followed during the course, and personalised massage treatments, to rectify it. A recommended home programme of diet and exercise will also be given to participants at the end of the course.

Yoga

The yoga component of this course will be under the tutelage of Shri Anil Kumar, The Hermitage’s in-house yoga teacher. Anil has been teaching classical Ashtanga Yoga for many years and is renowned for his gentle and personally-orientated approach in teaching yoga to people of all abilities and experience.

The Solo Experience

The Saraswati Library

Our library contains a growing collection of books on many Indian-related topics including: art, architecture, ayurveda, biography, contemporary India, fiction. History, religion, spiritual teachings, travel and wildlife.

As this collection is drawn from the personal library of our cultural directors, and contains many out-of-print books, we ask you kindly to fill in the Borrowing Register beside the book –cases.

We also stock Indian magazines and periodicals and a general holiday reading section of airport classics.

The Usage of the Library is complimentary to all our resident guests

"The greeting in Neeleshwar set the tone of the coming week: it was warm, professional, calm and had an understated attention to detail that meant you could completely relax into the arms of the place. Neeleshwar is beautiful, superbly run and the best place I have ever visited for recharging a weary body and mind. By the end of the week I felt 10 years younger."
Monty Don ( Gardening expert)