Responsible Tourism Award 2020
Responsible Tourism Award 2020

Responsible Tourism Award 2020

Neeleshwar Hermitage is delighted to announce that we have just won the Silver Award for Responsible Tourism awarded by India’s leading travel magazine, OutLook Traveller. Out of 200 hotels applying, only 5 made it to the shortlist, and so we feel honoured to have been selected for this prestigious award. All of us at Neeleshwar would like to extend a wholehearted THANK YOU to Outlook traveller for recognising the holistic vision we have been quietly pursuing ever since we opened more than ten years ago. At a time when we all need to review our relationship to the environment, this award will resonate through India and beyond. It is a clear demonstration of the strength of our determination to succeed and be recognised on an International stage as leaders in the benign transformation of the hospitality industry in the direction of greater sustainability. As we at Neeleshwar Hermitage have always said, one small policy – the banning of plastic in hotels - would represent a massive step in this direction.

The award function was held in the elegant surroundings of the Taj Mahal hotel in New Delhi, where our Managing Director, Altaf Chapri, received the award on behalf of team Neeleshwar. In India we have the oldest and most gracious system of refined hospitality, summed up in the ancient aphorism Atithi devo bhava ‘The Guest is God’. We at The Hermitage are keen to bring this aspiration to the attention of all beyond our shores. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.


Another prestigious recognition is that the British Airways Club has featured us as one of their leading six wellness retreat hotels in the world. As the BA website describes the initiative:

Is 2020 the year you get in shape, learn yoga, or simply take some much-needed time for you? Travel writer Alicia Miller finds the healthy stays to provide the post-festive reset you’re craving – without breaking the bank. 

Head to coastal Kerala, the birthplace of both yoga and traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and you’ll get a break that touches your soul as much as your body. The pleasures are simple at Neeleshwar Hermitage: a smattering of atmospheric thatched huts, modelled after fishermen’s homes with high ceilings and teak floors, cluster around a golden beach. This setting is no doubt soothing, but it’s the daily yoga and meditation sessions, and full-blown Ayurvedic spa – helping to tackle the likes of insomnia or poor digestion – that ensure you leave feeling transformed. 

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This is a very welcome recognition by such a leader in the global travel industry, and we are delighted to have been chosen to represent the very best of healing holidays!

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"On the unexplored northern part of the Malabar coast and flanked by a freshwater lagoon is this near-perfect heaven of peace and pampering. The cottages are designed and built along the traditional fisherman's thatched huts but each on with enough comforts to keep a five-star groupie enthralled."
Country & Town House Magazine (UK)