Over the past 20 years this resort has been promoting the ancient teachings of Ayurveda to international visitors. The aspiration of its creators was to provide Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation in a peaceful and captivating setting; hence the resort was built in a tropical garden. The accommodation is in the traditional style of southern India, and I stayed in one of the bungalows, which offer a breath-taking view of the sea. Early risers had the opportunity to witness Indian culture first-hand by accompanying fishermen from the neighbouring village to haul in their nets. Somatheeram has a unique ambience, and left me with memorable impressions and experiences. Coupled with the superlative Ayurvedic treatments available, this is a getaway that I will always remember.

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My reason for visiting was to try one of their most popular programmes to help me shed some stubborn weight. The Slimming Programme offers a range of traditional Ayurvedic treatments designed to help with weight loss. A mix of medicated herbal powder massages and herbal oil massages are administered, which are not only soothing but also beneficial for one’s overall wellness. Other treatment procedures included medicated steam baths, herbal juices, herbal teas and they tailor-made an Ayurvedic diet to suit my particular dosha constitution.

Fourteen-day programme starts at USD $2,700