Svatma

Location: Tamil Nadu & the Andaman Islands | India

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Svatma is a beautiful showcase of Tamil Nadu style, while exhibiting sleek contemporary luxury, and as well as ornate rooms and exquisite food, you can indulge in memorable experiences from culinary classes to cultural demonstrations.
Perfect forThose who love history, elegance and style, as well as culture vultures and (vegetarian) foodies.
In the know
  • Beautiful history, Tamil Nadu influences across its art and architecture
  • Cultural experiences, from culinary classes to chamber concerts
  • Don’t miss the cultural experiences on offer at Sattva - listen to priests sing Veda chants and find out what is involved in learning the chants.

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage
  • Service & Hospitality

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

In the heart of Thanjavur, with many sights and attractions nearby.

Rooms at Svatma

This former family residence now houses 38 individual rooms, which retain the feeling of a large, elegant family home, with traditional features such as stained glass windows, polished marble floors and regal artworks. In the rooms, you’ll find carved wooden headboards and four-poster beds with ornate carved pillars. 

Food and drink

There are three restaurants, serving exquisite cuisine, created by specialist chefs from fresh, organic ingredients. The kitchen of the Aaharam restaurant overlooks the pool, and creates delicious vegetarian food, while tiffin dishes and aromatic coffee can be enjoyed on the veranda at Palaharam. In the evening, head to Nila, on the rooftop, to dine under the stars.

Activities at Svatma

The beautiful floodlit pool is fed by fountains and there are loungers to relax on poolside. For a workout, head to the gym, but if you’d rather relax and recharge, head to the yoga centre or visit the spa to enjoy personalised treatments based on centuries-old techniques, such as a blissful massage. Svatma’s personalised experiences allow you to immerse yourself in local culture, including visiting beautiful temples with architecture experts, indulging in a culinary class with top chefs, watching arts and crafts demonstrations, such as bronze casting and handloom weaving, and enjoying chamber concerts and Veda chanting.


The stunning temples, palaces and galleries nearby include Airavatesvara Temple, which is UNESCO World Heritage-listed. Svatma also has as boutique store with carefully curated artworks – find a perfect souvenir to take home.

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Hotel location

The railway station is just 1km away, and the nearest airport is Tichy, which is 50kms away – approximately a 45-minute journey.

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