I spent some time at this property in June 2014. The entire place exudes old world charm and elegance. I have always maintained that hospitality of Indian hotels is the best in the world, but the Taj Malabar takes this art to a completely different plane. I felt I was a personal guest at a friend's house. It's the small things that matter: for example, I ordered an ice bucket from room service. Along with the ice, I was served with bowls of delicious banana chips and nuts, all complimentary. Had a simple but elegant dinner at the 24 hour diner, and the food was excellent. The next day, at lunch, they set up a table in the suite's balcony, and served a memorable seafood meal. Utter luxury!
The hotel is situated on Wellington Island, a serene area about an hour's drive from the airport. Rooms and suites are lovely, and those in the heritage wing are especially beautiful. A visitor will feel s/he is a house guest at an aristocratic residence. There are some very nice places (including a lovely garden) nearby, and a morning walk in the (very safe) surroundings has it's own rewards. A five minute walk away you will find a jetty like a bus station, where you can takes local boat to nearby places (eg Matancherry), for ₹4 (7-8 cents). Every 30 minutes, and faster/much cheaper than a taxi.
My only regret is that my stay was too short, and I could not do justice to their hospitality. Will I visit again (and again)? You bet!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Taj - Malabar Resort & Spa is a fine balance between yesterday and tomorrow. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. The heritage wing, built in 1935, reflect the inherent beauty of Cochin. And the tower wing houses newly renovated guestroom suites, each a delicate mix of the classic with the contemporary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Hotel Kochi (Cochin)
- Taj Malabar Cochin Kochi
- Taj Malabar Cochin Hotel Kochi
- Taj Malabar Resort & Spa Cochin Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India