Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Coconut Lagoon is located on a small island in Kerala’s famous backwaters and is considered to be among the top 10 heritage resorts of the world. The accommodation consists of individual cottages built in the traditional Kerala style, relying heavily on wood, and some with private pools. The bathrooms are open to the sky and the restaurant specializes in Kerala cuisine peculiar to the region. Activities here are just lazing in the swimming pool, walks in the nearby coconut groves or paddy fields, and sunset cruises.
The resort can only be reached by boat. There are 14 Heritage Mansions and 28 Heritage Bungalows. Though some of the cottages are of more recent vintage, many are well over a century old and a few actually date back to the early 1700s. Though varying in individual configuration, all cottages feature modern bathrooms, each located in an inner courtyard boasting its own banana or coconut tree, so you can shower al fresco under a starlit sky in complete and utter privacy.