Leela Kempinski, Kovalam, India

The Leela is one of an expanding and extremely deluxe Indian hotel group. In Kovalam, the hotel sits on a promontory looking out over the Arabian Sea. It has a menu of twelve pillows from which guests can choose. That’s the level of pampering you’ll enjoy. Staff very friendly and unpretentious which can be a rarity in this kind of comfort. The Leela has a private beach where it’s safe to swim. Other Kovalam beaches can be a bit dangerous.