To be clear we did a package with Malabar house that included three nights at Malabar house, 2 nights in Serenity, 3 nights in privacy and 1 night on the boat.
Overall the guys here are really great and took fantastic care of us. Nothing was too much trouble and they upgraded us a few times, which was nice:) The booking coordinator, Adrain, was particularly helpful and the whole package was slick. Even when we were being indecisive about what we wanted to do Adrain kept with us an accommodated all our little changes as we went along.
I'll summarise the different places here starting with Malabar house
If, like myself, you're accustomed to 5 star hotels then Malabar house won't be what you are expecting. At first glance it seems a little shabby round the edges. However after a little time you realise that this is part of its charm. Unlike the coroporate 5*s Malabar house has style. It's just a very cool place to stay and it's that that you are paying for. That and first rate service and divine food.
We stayed three nights here all in different rooms. Our first was in a small suite. it wasn't that great to be honest. The second night was actually just round the corner in a new development that they have called trinity. The room there is awesome with a really cool outside shower and cast iron mezzanine. Third night was in a different suite in the main house. At first look we thought it was a bit like the first but on close inspection it was much much nicer. Having a beautiful balcony that overlooked the courtyard as well as adjoining with the bathroom giving the suite an airy feel (many of the properties have outside bathrooms and they work really well). Whist still a bit shabby around the edges it's all done in a cool way and there are some lovely details, the art work, statues and even the TV stand is a piece of art kept minimalist with hidden cables. It just has a lovely vibe.
Wine bar serves some pretty good wine. Quite welcome in such a dry area of the country.
A lovely old colonial villa. Our room wasn't the best but some of the others were lovely. There were a few things missing though like a complete lack of ambient lighting in the rooms (no table lamps just the main ceiling lights) which is strange as generally the attention to details like this has been good (in all fairness we asked and they provided some bedside lights which helped a little). Again the service was exemplary. This was a nice place to go but not the highlight of the trip.
Absolutely stunning. We stayed in both of the two cottages and both are lovely, each having it's own merits. Personally I'd stick to the beach side one if i went back despite it not being as cute or as big as the other, but I loved the lazy veranda. My sister, who I travelled with, preferred the other one: the heritage suite. Again the service was brilliant. Having a whole team for just 2 cottages means you get spoilt rotten. The food was pretty good too. One bad thing is the pool can be a little smelly which put us off swimming a little.
I was initially a little sceptical about the boat because of it's lack of covers (should it rain). Fortunately it didn't and in the sun the boat is lovely. It's nice being different to all the others and the standard of the 2 cabins is high. I maintain that if it rained it might have been a problem. You can't really see anything from the windows and I don't think they have a rain cover for the roof area (but I may be wrong). Overall a fantastic experience. The captain is particularly charming. We were able to stay out which made the most of our trip (by default to overnight at Privacy which is not so as nice if you have been staying at privacy already). This and Privacy were the highlights of the package.
All in all an amazing trip. Quite expensive but we felt it was worth every penny. So nice to get 5 star + service in a quirky, cool atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Malabar House is a charming boutique hotel overlooking the parade ground in the heart of Fort Cochin. The 17 highly individual rooms and suites seamlessly combine tradition and contemporary design. The Malabar House is a member of Relais & Chateaux. Malabar escapes offers the finest circuit of boutique and villa hotels in Kerala. Placed in colonial Fort Cochin, the backwaters and the plantation hills, each escape gives you a distinct experience & flavour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malabar House Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Malabar House Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India