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, Kerala
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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.
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 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.
Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra is a perfect option for those who want to relax on a beach, swim in the clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea and take in the beauty of nature. Rejuvenating spa and sauna treatments, an outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar, and lavish dining with excellent views, this property has relaxing facilities for everyone.
A peaceful and relaxing retreat, the Eighth Bastion Hotel is a perfect blend of colonial and contemporary styles. The Dutch influence and Portuguese and British touches are evident here, from the lobby to the guest rooms. The rooms with airy balconies or patios come with beautiful views of sea breezes. Enjoy an espresso in the lobby bar, and relish Asian and Dutch fusion cuisine at the onsite restaurant. Need more? There’s an outdoor infinity-style pool, and sunlit, verdant lanes for strolling. This hotel has the added bonus of being close to the major attractions of Fort Cochin.
A Beach Symphony, Kerala | Courtesy of A Beach Symphony
A Beach Symphony is known for its four well-appointed cottages, some with private gardens, and all with spectacular views and sophisticated style. There’s a swimming pool, Ayurvedic massages, and a beach garden for dining. Even better, Marari Beach is just 30 metres away.
Formerly the home of an affluent Cochin-based Jewish family, the Koders, this property has been resplendently restored and transformed into a magnificent three-story heritage boutique hotel with Indo-Portuguese architecture. The Koder House offers guests luxurious heritage-themed suites with balconies overlooking the Chinese fishing nets on the beach. Guests can enjoy a soak at the outdoor pool, rejuvenating in the in-house spa or simply relaxing with a drink in the outdoor lounge area. The onsite restaurant serves Jewish cuisine and traditional Keralite food, as well as Chinese dishes and seafood.