There are new hotels being built in Kochi all the time but we like the following list for their locations, services and amenities.
Located a short walk from Jew Town and the fish markets, the CGH (Clean, Green and Healthy) hotel group took an old ship building yard and turned it into a white-walled landmark and refuge on Kochi’s harbour front. Chocolate coloured teak beams and door frames lend fortitude to the architecture and red clay tiled floors warmth. Green potted palms nestle between white archways which open onto an inner garden courtyard. A pool is tucked into a corner of a manicured lawn adjacent to the ocean. The hammocks and chaises here offer respite from the bustle of the city.The rooms feel airy and spacious with high ceilings and French doors opening onto decks. The furnishings are tasteful reproductions of antiques including a fully equipped tea and coffee sideboard. The bathrooms are cool white marble and supplied with the hotel’s own line of organic soaps and lotions.
General Manager and Executive Chef Manoj Nair oversees the food program filled with organic seasonal local food served in a second floor dining room with an upscale menu or the more casual, ocean-side breakfast room that doubles as a bar in the evening.
Traveller’s Tip: If you are staying at Brunton Boatyard do attend the free daily yoga in the morning, cooking lesson in the afternoon and nightly cruise from the hotel’s own dock.
Relais et Chateaux group of properties must have excellence in calm, character, charm, courtesy and cuisine and The Malabar House was the first hotel in India to earn this designation. Owned by a German and Spanish couple, it features an intimate wine bar on the property and rooms with modern Indian meets European chic style.
Opened in 2016, this “built to look old” property features contemporary rooms decorated with plush fabrics and opulent fixtures. The pool on the roof has panoramic harbour views. The staff seem very devoted.
This hotel has been completely updated and renovated since we first stayed here in 2012. It is six kilometres from the city centre and has extensive grounds and a huge secluded outdoor swimming pool.
Traveller’s Tip: Take a yoga class here as the teacher is one of the best we’ve met in Kerala. Ask for Pratheesh.
We’d like to thank the KTM Society and Travel XS for sponsoring our travel throughout South India and CGH Brunton Boatyard for their gracious hospitality during our Faces, Places and Plates stay in Kochi in 2016.
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