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Svatma

A beautifully restored town mansion showcasing the region's rich artistic and culinary heritage, with spacious rooms, ample indoor and outdoor areas, a spa and rooftop dining terrace.

  • Immerse yourself in Tamil culture
  • Dine on the rooftop terrace
  • Watch traditional music and dance performances
  • Characterful rooms and suites
  • Gym, spa and yoga centre

This restored former mansion is now an atmospheric retreat dedicated to rich Tamil Nadu culture. The name translates as 'one's own soul' and while here you can learn about the region's art, music and cuisine, enjoy healing pre-Ayuveda treatments in the Spa, take part in yoga classes. The hotel is owned by Krithika and Sumanth Subramainian, both architects, who have used their training to create a successful fusion of traditional and modern styles.

There are 38 rooms arranged in the main building and a newly built wing. Carved wooden furniture, local artworks and colourful textiles add character. Rooms and suite vary in size, some with seating areas and verandas, and all with modern en-suite bathrooms with toiletries, flatscreen TV, and minibar.  

The hotel has 3 restaurants serving vegetarian cuisine typical of the area, using local organic ingredients, with one specialising in coffee and snacks. There are indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a lovely rooftop terrace and bar that is perfect for dinners based on favourite family recipes. The hotel has a library housing the owners' collection of historic books which guests are welcome to browse through, a number of sitting areas, courtyards and gardens. The spa offers a menu of treatments including massages and aromatherapy, and customised programmes are available. There are separate areas for yoga and meditation, and a gym with modern cardiovascular equipment. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Activities revolve around demonstrations and classes. Performances of traditional music and dance, demonstrations of Thanjavur painting involving inlaid gemstones, bronze casting techniques and handloom weaving are complimented by cookery classes and training in chanting. The hotel arranges excursions to the city's famous historical temples, listed by UNESCO.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

The standard of the hotel facilities was very high but slightly let down by the limited english of the staff. Many were being trained and were working very hard but needed a few who had a better grasp of english.

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Svatma

Bedroom at Svatma

A beautifully restored town mansion showcasing the region's rich artistic and culinary heritage, with spacious rooms, ample indoor and outdoor areas, a spa and rooftop dining terrace.

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