The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, Kerala, India

08 Apr 2011

It's set on a clifftop, overlooking the sweeping curve of a golden beach with uninterrupted views over the Arabian Sea - wherever you are at The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, you can hear the sound of the waves. With its own beach, two stunning infinity pools and restaurants offering Indian, pan-Asian and international cuisine, it has everything you'd want from a beach holiday - with an Indian twist. One of the highlights is Divya, the specialist Ayurvedic spa, and the hotel is the perfect relaxing last stop at the end of a hectic honeymoon. The decor is chic and modern, and the staff couldn't be more attentive. It's no wonder the likes of Richard Gere are fans. Wow factor: Cocktails and canapés by candlelight at The Sky Bar as the sun goes down. Flight time: Twelve hours via Dubai. Go: Cox & Kings (020 7873 5000; coxandkings.co.uk) offers seven nights B&B in a Garden View Pavilion Room from £1,375 per person as part of a tailor-made honeymoon, including Emirates flights and transfers.