Samudra Theeram Beach Resort , Kovalam
Set on Kovalam Beach, this upscale hotel is a 9-minute walk from Lighthouse Beach and 13 km from the early 18th-century Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Mixing Colonial style with contemporary decor, the airy rooms offer flat-screens, Wi-Fi, minibars, safes, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Upgraded rooms add kitchenettes, while suites add kitchens and living rooms. Most have balconies and sea views. Room service is available.