When it comes to serene beaches, breathtaking scenery, peaceful backwaters and picture-perfect attractions, Kerala
is hard to beat. To enhance the experience, choose an intimate place to stay. We’ve identified some of the best boutique hotels in Kerala, to make your Kerala travel planning that much easier.
Old Harbour Hotel
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A converted 300-year old heritage monument that was once the office of an English tea broker, the Old Harbour Hotel exudes old-world charm and sophistication. It bowls guests over with its rich history and culture, stunning views of Kerala’s iconic Chinese fishing nets, the Dutch-style architecture with a dab of Portuguese influence, beautiful interiors embellished with antiques and art, and of course the stellar amenities and service. The rooms are comfortable, plus there’s an onsite restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, Ayurvedic spa and a courtyard garden with a pond and fountain.
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
This charming boutique hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea at Fort Cochin blends colonial-era touches with modern elegance and comfort. Inspired by Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and German style and architecture, the Killians offers a relaxing ambience and welcoming service, within an eco-friendly setting. Guests can relax by the pool, take a yoga class, or use the in-house spa offering professional Ayurvedic treatments. There is a multi-cuisine and seafood restaurant that serves lavish, delicious fusion and South Indian cuisine.
Surrounded by the Arabian Sea and lush greenery, the Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel ensures an absolutely relaxing stay. There’s a variety of beautifully designed rooms and world-class amenities, such as a spa with traditional Ayurvedic therapies and yoga sessions for rejuvenation. The on-site restaurant and bistro offers local and international delicacies with panoramic Arabian Sea views.
The Malabar House
The Malabar House is a blend of heritage and art, and has earned a cult status in the heritage hotels. It’s even received the ‘Best Heritage Award” from the Kerala Government. Rooms are colourfully and artistically designed with antiques and artworks, as well as modern amenities. There’s a swimming pool, plus Ayurvedic treatments available. Feast on delicious seafood, South Indian and Western fusion food at the gourmet poolside restaurant. The wine lounge also offers a selection of Indian wines. Ultimately though, it’s the bright and tranquil setting as well as the warm and friendly service that attracts tourists year-round.
Once the guesthouse of a British Tea Company, this restored colonial villa is now one of the best boutique hotels in Kerala, offering beautiful plantation-style en-suite rooms, each named after spice and tea trading ports. The interior showcases a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. The in-house amenities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, pool-side barbeque lounge, swimming pool, and coffee lounge.
The Brunton Boatyard offers colonial-era tradition and charm, elegant rooms and welcoming service. The decor is a perfect blend of Dutch, Portuguese and English influences. In addition to the awe-inspiring views of the sea, this hotel offers an outdoor pool, a tea lounge and an excellent restaurant. Nature lovers will feel right at home here, as the property is surrounded by lush greenery.