Above: A houseboat will be on hand to take guests on customized trips.
Banyan Tree has announced it will open a new property on a private island in the Indian state of Kerala. Slated to open in the first quarter of 2013, the resort is set on the Nediyathuruthu island in the Alleppey district among Kerala’s picture-postcard beaches, canals, and tropical forests.
Each of the 59 villas has private pools and panoramic views of the nearby watercourses, and is characterized by Keralan architectural standards, including gable roofs and ornate, wood facades. The interiors feature accents such as coir—a fiber extracted from coconut shells—while the Kathakali art on display nods to the classical Indian dance dramas endemic to Kerala.
Banyan Tree Kerala will also feature an Ayurvedic spa offering tailored treatments in one of four treatment rooms, or one of six spa pavilions. A nearby island offering archery and rock climbing is five minutes from the resort.
In addition to Banyan Tree’s contemporary Thai Saffron restaurant, guests can opt for Keralan fish curry aboard a local palak boat, or dinner on top of a specially constructed tower—the highest point of the island, with panoramic views of the resort.