• 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

Open: Svatma is open all year.

Location: Svatma is in Thanjavur (formerly known as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu, 1km from the railway station. The nearest airport is Trichy, 50kms away, about a 45-minute drive.

Rooms: There are 38 rooms and suites in total, 7 of which are in the main heritage building, with the remainder in a new wing. They vary in size and layout, and are en-suite, decorated with local artworks and colourful throws and cushions. The 7 rooms in the main building have private verandas.

Activities: The hotel offers classes in cooking and Vedic chanting plus demonstrations of bronze casting, handloom weaving, chamber and Carnatic music, traditional Thanjavur painting, and explanations of the distinctive Thanjavur style of dance. Sightseeing excursions to the city’s UNESCO-listed 11th and 12th century temples can be arranged. Other attractions include the palace and the Saraswati Mahal Library housing priceless Indian and European manuscripts.

Facilities: The hotel has 3 restaurants and a large banquet hall. There are courtyards and gardens, indoor and outdoor sitting areas, a library with the owner’s book collection and travel reference books, a gallery that can be used for private groups, and a gift shop selling jewellery, art, handicrafts and antiques. Recreational facilities include the Soukyam spa with 4 treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi (adults only), and sound spa, and Arogyam, the gym and yoga centre.

Dining: There are 3 restaurants: Aaharam, open all day and serving vegetarian dishes, Palaharam specialising in coffee and snacks and with indoor and outdoor areas, and Nila, a rooftop dining terrace.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome, though the activities are not really suitable for young children.

Health: We recommend malaria prophylactics for travel to India.

Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.

Notes: Svatma is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux hotel group.

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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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