Overlooking Lake Vembanad in the quiet Kerala backwaters, Aveda Kumarakom is a serene spa resort consisting of traditionally inspired red-roofed suite complexes and stand-alone cottages, many of which have outdoor showers and open up to the hotel’s 492-foot-long centerpiece infinity pool. The property's proximity to the nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary means that it's often full of avian visitors, and the hotel can arrange sanctuary visits. All sorts of Ayurvedic treatments are available at the resort's Spaveda, as are yoga and meditation packages. Aveda also offers a wide range of on- and off-site activities for guests, including backwater village tours aboard houseboats or on traditional fishing boats (vellams); willing guests can even try their hand at catching fish in a traditional Keralan manner, using only a bow and arrow (instruction is, of course, provided). For those who just want a taste of life on the water, the hotel also operates free sunset cruises every evening out on the adjacent lake.