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Svatma

Tanjore, India

Svatma is a luxury heritage hotel in a quiet lane in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu and raises the bar for hotels in this area. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, Svatma has been lovingly designed and restored as a testament to Tamilan art and culture.

At a Glance

  • Each of Svatma's 38 rooms and suites are individually appointed

  • An unparalleled luxury option in Tanjore

  • Three restaurants serving Tamil cuisine to choose from in different areas of the hotel

  • Features a gym, yoga center and luxury spa

  • A good location from which to explore the World Heritage Site

Couples, Culture, History, Honeymoon

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Svatma or take a look at our itineraries to Tamil Nadu

Description

Owner Krithika designed and created Svatma with the intention of re-defining luxury in Tanjore and has succeeded by creating a retreat comparable with the finest in Kerala and Rajasthan. This boutique hotel effortlessly blends Tamil history, art, spirituality and traditional culture with uncompromised contemporary comforts. You are almost suspended in time as you reside amongst antiques and artifacts in Krithika's carefully curated rooms.

There are 38 rooms in total at Svatma and all are very different. There is no such thing as a standard room here, the nature of the hotel requires each to be unique. Whilst the majority of rooms are found in a newer building, created using traditional Tamilan techniques and materials, five rooms and two suites (with verandas) are located in a century-old building. The heritage building has been meticulously restored to its former elegance as an elite family home. All rooms are spacious, en-suite and feature high ceilings, fresh white walls and ceilings peppered with dark wooden beams, polished floors and traditional furniture.

Svatma's literal translation is "one's own soul", indicative of its foundations in spiritualism. It is easy to find sanctuary at Svatma in a secluded corner or in the ample grounds accompanied by bird-song and church bells, a far-cry from the streets of Tanjore. Staff here are used to the tailor made nature of relaxation plans. Leave yourselves in their hands at the Soukyam luxury spa for ultimate peace of mind or visit the gym and yoga center to work on your Asanas.

During your stay savor home-style traditional cuisine at the hotel's three restaurants, where you can enjoy anything from coffee and Tiffin on the veranda to dinner on the roof terrace, reminiscent of the Zamindar family dinners that would have taken place here.

It is hard not to fall in love with the spirit of south east India as you are immersed in its artistic legacy in the world heritage site of Tanjore. Do visit the temples of the Chola Dynasty (Brihadeeswarar Temple) and be in awe of Tamil architecture, visit the beautiful Saraswati Mahal Library and witness Bharatanayam dance of which Krithika is an expert.

An area previously somewhat neglected by travelers wanting a luxury base from which to explore, this memorable area fits wonderfully into a Tamil Nadu itinerary.

Accommodation

Svatma prides itself on the individuality of its rooms. There are 38 in total, 7 residing in the heritage building (5 rooms and 2 suites with verandas), the remainder are in the more contemporary part of the hotel. All are ample in size, en-suite and a delightful blend of traditional dark woods, airy white walls with a peppering of artifacts and state of the art technology to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Facilities

Svatma has been designed and furnished after much thought and as such, all facilities reflect the love and knowledge its owners have for this ancient Indian state and providing a comfortable retreat for luxury travelers. There are secluded corners, verandas, hallways and lounges aplenty to relax in. However the gym, yoga center, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and spa are a necessity for ultimate spiritual rejuvenation. There are three dining options at Svatma, all serve home-style vegetarian cuisine with organic ingredients. Alcohol is also served.

Arogyam

Gym and Yoga center - Enliven your mind and body in the gym or practice Asanas and meditate in the traditional way.

Soukyam

Luxury Ayurvedic Spa featuring four private treatment rooms and an open relaxation area.

Aharam

Traditional fine food is served here all day overlooking the pool. Take a journey through the flavors of the region on their unique menu created by specialist chefs.

Palaharam

Situated on the veranda, Palaharam is an alternative but nonetheless notable option for local gourmet snacks, coffee and health drinks.

Nila

Located on the rooftop terrace, Nila is the perfect location for starlit dining.

Activities

During your stay in Tanjore be sure to visit the Brihadeeswarar/Brihadishwara Temple, Saraswati Mahal Library Museum and The Royal Palace and respective museum.

Location & Directions

Tanjore, India

Svatma is located down a peaceful lane in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu.

When to go

The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Svatma or take a look at our itineraries to Tamil Nadu

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