“Intimate boho-chic hideaway with stylish suites and a villa, steeped in a lush jungle landscape”
Rooms share a feeling of light, tranquility and space, with traditional South Indian polished plaster and clean, modernist lines softened by woven bamboo and wood furnishings. Beautiful block-printed fabrics add a pop of colour.
The Sunset Suites have double-height roofs clad with handmade clay tiles from Tamil Nadu that keep the rooms wonderfully cool and breezy. The Garden Suite has a private garden with open-air shower and alfresco tub, and a little pavillion with daybeds for extra guests. The romantic Skyroom is a stunning teak pavilion perched on top of the main villa with glass panelled walls. The ground-floor Tower Garden room has a private garden with a lily pond and hammocks whilst the first-floor Tower Room has a beautiful roof terrace with 360 degree panoramic views over the sea.
Honeymooners will love the loft-like Jalakara Villa, which has its own kitchen and living room. There’s a private yoga deck with a giant hammock and an Ayurvedic copper plunge pool, and a film projector so you can have private screenings under the stars.
As you'd expect from a chef owner, the food at Jalakara is delicious. Breakfast includes house-baked bread, eggs any way, banana pancakes, tropical fruit salads and delicious smoothies.
Lunch is an informal affair served around the pool: Thalis, crisp seasonal salads, wraps, and sharing plates of Andaman prawns, fish goujons and fried momos. Dinner showcases locally caught seafood: poached lobster, crab, langoustine and fish fillets steamed in banana leaves.
There’s also a communal kitchen so you can make yourself a coffee or whip up snacks. If you want to dine out, friendly manager Shruti will tell you the best places to go (she's lived here for years and knows the island inside out). Note Jalakara's restaurant is closed on Wednesday evenings.
Families are welcome but Jalakara has more of a couples' vibe and there are no specific kids facilities. Teens and adventurous older kids will enjoy the wildlife and watersports.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Sunset South has a mezzanine that can be made up with 2 additional single beds. Sunset North adjoins Sunset South with private garden access between the 2 rooms. Skyroom has 1 daybed. Jalakara Villa, Sunset South, Sunset North & Garden can all easily fit a baby cot.
High chairs in the restaurant
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking