“Rustic-chic tents a flip-flop away from a tranquil beach, with muslin-draped four-posters and views onto the creek”
The pastel-coloured tents are named after marine turtle species (Hawks Bill, Olive Ridley and Loggerhead) which used to be common in these parts (sadly little has been seen of them since the 2004 tsunami). All sit facing the creek, which runs parallel to the sea. Inside they're calm and airy, with muslin-screened four-poster beds, white and blue fabrics, stone floors and bamboo poles. Each has a writing desk, a chair, a fan and a safety box, as well as a full ensuite bathroom with a toilet, running water and a hot shower. There's also a handy padlocked cupboard so you can stash your luggage securely.
Best of all, each tent has its own private jetty over the creek so you can commune with nature and watch the numerous birds - and the otters from whom the creek takes its name. You also get an outdoor dining area, with canvas deckchairs and hammocks to laze the days away.
Meals are taken in the on-site Beach Shack restaurant, shared with The Beach Houses. Dinners of fresh South Indian dishes include grilled or fried fish, curry and rice, or squid salad. We enjoyed the spinach paneer, and thought the poppadoms sprinkled with tomatoes, herbs, onions and chillies made a tasty entree. Tandoori dishes are also available, there's Italian coffee (a rarity in India), and fresh fruit juices are available - we watched a team member shimmy up a palm tree to fetch a coconut.
For breakfast, we tucked into pancakes with bananas and honey, fluffy herb omelettes and variations on the full English. Lunches are often western in style, perhaps: pasta, sandwiches, bruschetta. Each tent also has tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as an honesty minibar of cold drinks.
For something more romantic, private dining can be set up under a shady banyan tree.
The nearest beach restaurants are about a mile away, with plenty of choice; La Plage, run by a French couple, does wonderful food and desserts.