If after reading Eat, Pray, Love you’re seeking a more enlightened travel experience than the local Travelodge, then the recently-opened Soul & Surf Hotel in Kerala could be just the antithesis to your usual travel experience.

The hotel sits on a cliff-top overlooking the idyllic Golden Beach in Varkala, which only adds to the completely chilled out ethos of the Soul & Surf – although, the clue's in the name.

Start your day by riding the waves on Kerala’s tropical beaches, which offers up perfect conditions for all levels of surfing abilities. Head to the Soul Food Cafe, which serves up local Keralan dishes with a twist, before, er, ‘unwinding’ at a sunset Yoga class with the Arabian Sea as your picturesque backdrop.

Sounds like the ideal place to escape the rat race, although with bookings heating up for the autumn season, get in there while you still can...