Talk about a dramatic entrance. At the new Banyan Tree Kerala—opening on December 1, 2012—guests will arrive by boat to the island resort, sailing through Kerala's peaceful backwaters directly into the lobby. Situated in Nedithuruthu, halfway between Kochi and Alleppey, the property will be the first in India for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. There will be 59 villas—each with two private pools and unobstructed water views.
Another first for the brand: the Banyan Tree Spa will have a dedicated Ayuvedic Centre. We like the sound of the resort’s houseboat- available for cruising Kerala’s famously scenic backwaters. Also on site: four meeting rooms for small groups, a kid’s club, a gym, and two restaurants. Next up for Banyan Tree in India is a second resort slated for Goa. For more information, visit www.banyantree.com/pages/upcoming_destinations.