Kumarakom Lake Resort offers a relaxing and romantic stay in the Kerala backwaters, with a massage center, infinity pool, fitness suite, rich cuisine, and varied nightly entertainment. Spread among 10 acres of flower-filled gardens and palm-lined canals, the 50 wood-walled, red-tiled cottages have been assembled using materials reclaimed from old Illam homesteads. There are several choices of accommodations (Heritage Villa, Heritage Lake View Villa, or Presidential Suite), but our selection is the Meandering Pool Villas set around a large shared pool with direct access from private porches. The main restaurant has a wide variety of dishes, typically served as a buffet. Activities include birdwatching, speedboat across the lake for shopping and sightseeing in Cochin, Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, and meditation.