After a week of travelling around Kerela, this hotel was the perfect place to end our adventure.
We stayed in the new wing and had fabulous views of the harbour. Even saw a navy ship! The rooms are small but well furnished and are extremely comfortable as you would expect from a 5 star Taj hotel.
Whilst its not in Fort Cochin, it only took us half an hour by car to drive in and see the main sites of Cochin.
The hotel offers many free activities such as the sunset cruise with which you can see all the fishing nets. Also a kathakali performance which was very enjoyable. My wife was waiting for a cookery demo that got delayed and the staff were quite slow at arranging it. However, during this time, she got free henna (mehndhi) done and when the cooking demo did take place, it was worth the wait and got a whole meal to enjoy.
The Rice boat restaurant was the best in terms of decor, food and atmosphere. Its always fun choosing your own seafood/fish and watching the chefs cook it. Both times we dined there, we strayed from the menu and opted for the Head waiter's recommendations. We were not let down and the food was divine.
The infinity pool is small but adequate and adds to the charm of the hotel. Even though it is located near a busy harbour, this hotel is quiet and relaxing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour, Vivanta by Taj - Malabar 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
- Vivanta By Taj - Malabar Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India