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Svatma
Tanjore

Svatma is a unique hotel that aims to immerse its guests into traditional Tamil culture. The Tamil owners are experts in classical Indian dance, and have an in depth knowledge and passion for architecture and the classical arts, which immediately shines through in the way they have restored and designed their hotel.

Part heritage hotel (the main building, a 100 year old former family residence, has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its former glory) and part newly built in the style of the original building, the 38 rooms and suites are all influenced by Tamilian building styles and materials. This comprises of fresh, cream washed walls with much use of polished wooden floors, wooden pillars and beams. There are seven heritage rooms in the old wing with verandas and twenty-seven millennium rooms in the new wing with contemporary décor. Each traditionally furnished room is a really good size, and has an en-suite bathroom. The hotel also has a small boutique shop and a library.

Svatma, literally translating as 'one's own soul’, is tucked away on a quiet lane opposite a church in the heart of historical Tanjore. A stroll out from here is a wonderful experience, as you plunge into the bustling streets of the city. The spacious, well landscaped grounds provide a lovely sanctuary to return to, with little to disturb you except the noise of birds and the chiming of the church bells.

There is a strong focus on wellness, and the hotel has a beautiful Ayurvedic spa 'Soukyam', a gym 'Arogyam', a yoga centre and a pool. And in keeping with their wellness concept, for health-conscious foodies the cuisine is delicious Tamilian vegetarian cookery. The hotel serves limited alcohol, and sticking to the vegan beliefs of the owners, it does not serve meat or eggs. There are three restaurants; Aharam which is fine dining, Palaharam is the casual dining space in the veranda of the heritage wing, and Nila is the roof top restaurant only open for dinner.

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