Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa
Marari Beach, Kerala and Karnataka, India
At a Glance
Oversized villas giving plenty of indoor and outdoor space
Perfect for some down time at the end of a trip before heading home
Fantastic spa offering not only Ayurveda spa treatments but also Thai/ Balinese and much more
Carnoustie Beach Resort is located very close to the backwaters
IDA and Chimaera are the two restaurants at Carnousite offering multi cuisines and sea food to suit everyone's tastes
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.
Carnoustie Resort & Spa is located on Marari Beach and offers 40 superb thatched villas, many with private pools. It is ideal for those wanting a beach retreat that truly reflects international standards of comfort and service.
Carnoustie Resort & Spa is set within spacious gardens which are beautifully landscaped and open out on to the beach beyond. Just over 1-hour 30-minutes from Cochin, you are on the doorstep of the backwaters, so day trips can be arranged.
The large villas blend old and new, with traditional thatched roofs and exteriors, but with striking modern interiors complete with sunken bathtubs, rainforest showers and ample space. The villas provide a superb standard that is relatively unmatched by other like for like resorts on the coast of India. For those wanting the best of both worlds, Carnoustie is an ideal luxury retreat for a climax to a Keralan itinerary, or a longer beach stay in its own right.
The resort has two restaurants; Chimera is a specialty seafood restaurant whilst Ida offers international fare, set within a stunning bamboo structure. There are two bars, 9 Degrees North and the Poolside Bar.
The Aryavaidyasala Spa provides a wide range of Ayurvedic and modern treatments, all of which are to a fantastic award winning standards. The hotel also offers early morning yoga sessions.
Carnoustie is a great beach retreat for those looking for some R&R on India's palm fringed beaches.
Carnoustie Beach Resort offers exquisitely furnished villas complete with private pools and timber laden decks. All the villas are a perfect fusion of traditional and modern Keralan architecture. Well appointed and spacious rooms, lavish bathrooms and artistically designed walk in wardrobes ensure you have plenty of space for your vacation.
Children are welcome, but there are no interconnecting villas, or facilities. Generally the hotel aims to cater for adults, and possibly older families if they are happy to be in separate villas.
There are two restaurants, Ida and Chimaera, at Carnoustie, offering multi cuisine and specialty seafood. There are also two bars, perfect for sundowners.
The hotel offers a range of activities from Yoga, Backwater Cruises, Fishing in a traditional Keralan boat, Bike rides, Sailing, Archery and Painting Courses. If there is anything specific you would like to organize before your trip to Kerala please do mention this to your Travel Consultant and we would be more than happy to arrange activities to do whilst you stay at Carnoustie.
Julie Geyton (Staff)
Carnoustie Ayurveda and Wellness resort focuses on yoga, detox, wellness, healing and complete relaxation. There are five types of villa thatched in local style and offering a fusion of traditional and modern keralan style. Bathrooms are large with power showers and huge plunge baths and the rooms have large walk in dressers and offer a high standard on the beach. The pool villas (Punag plunge pool and Semantha, Zukra and Mailka with private pool) are the best villas to book . Carnoustie also has a private houseboat if you wish to take a tour of the backwaters. The restaurant has a full a la carte menu but at present no alcohol . There are aplthora of activities including bicycle rides round local villages, visits to Cochin, early morning yoga on the beach, ayurvedic spa, art and dance performances by locals every evening, tours to local temples. You will relax and enjoy activities for a truly unique vacation
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Carnoustie Wellness Resort & Spa is a beautiful property with just forty thatched villas and some really great facilities. The resort offers a beautiful big infinity pool, a spa offering both Ayurvedic and modern treatments, as well as two great restaurants and two bars. However, it is worth noting that the resort currently doesn't have an alcohol license. If you're looking for a couple of days of serious pampering, then why not book one of the resorts wellbeing packages which includes specially designed menus, yoga classes and a variety of Ayurvedic treatments.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort is every ounce the luxury resort it set out to be. Only half an hour drive out of Allepey is close to the backwaters and with reach of the beach. Set amidst the beautiful palm trees of Kerala, you are surrounded by the very best of 'God's own Country' and provided with the perfect restful and rejuvenating escape. The Spa hasn't won copious amounts of awards for no reason!
Backwaters - A day on a Houseboat
Enjoy this half day cruise along the backwaters. Spend the afternoon on a traditional houseboat, a must for any visitor to Kerala.
Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.
Cochin - Guided Tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry
Cochin doesn't seem like an Indian city; in many ways it is far quieter and 'boutique' than most. Simply walking out in the evening along the harbor is something you won't forget.
Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar
Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.
Location & directions
Marari Beach, Kerala and Karnataka, India
Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurveda Spa is located on Marari Beach about 1-hour south of Cochin, and 1-hour 30-minutes south of the airport.
How to get there
Carnoustie Resort and Spa is located 90-minutes from Cochin International Airport with flights available with Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Oman Air (all via the Middle East). You can fly direct with British Airways to Mumbai and then take a connecting flight down. It is only 30-minutes from Allepey where you can explore the backwaters. Other options to combine Carnoustie with are Lake Vembenad, Thekkady, Munnar or Kovalam.