Malabar Escapes: Trinity
- Style Modern-art deco
- Setting Cochin’s cricketing Parade Ground
Fort Chochin hotel Malabar Escapes: Trinity might be housed in a 150-year-old building – the former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, as it turns out – but the interiors would do well in any fashion capital. Art-deco accents and quirky artwork on the walls give this serene sanctuary a South Beach-in-South India vibe.
Need to know
- Rooms Three.
- Rates Double rooms from $229.14 (€167), excluding tax at 19.92 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental or South Indian breakfast.
- Facilities Ayurvedic spa treatments from Malabar House. In rooms: Air-con, TVs, DVD players, home-made toiletries.
- Poolside There’s a plunge pool big enough for a cooling splash about, and guests can use the pool at Malabar House too.
- Check–out Midday, but flexible, subject to availability.
Children Under-5s stay free, and extra beds are available for older children (€30 a night). Babysitting can be arranged, with notice.
- Eco‐friendly Trinity makes use of hydroelectric power, recycles where possible, and cleans with organic detergents.
- Also Smoking allowed throughout.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The pricier Red Suite elicits the biggest gasps thanks to its extra mezzanine bed and sprawling yard-cum-shower. Its walls are lined with lithographs by ‘India’s Picasso’ MF Husain. Each room has a wall painted in the bold primary colour of the room’s name, as well as an open-air bathroom (complete with wooden Japanese sandals to make the hard stones of the floor easier on the sole). The Yellow Room has a platform bed and hardwood floors – Red and Blue are tiled in terracotta.
- Packing tips Something to keep the mosquitoes at bay; whether that’s insect repellent or chain mail is up to you.
- Also You can borrow mountain bikes for exploring Fort Cochin and its surroundings, and the hotel has a six-seat speedboat that can zip you around the lake.
Food and drink at Malabar Escapes: Trinity
- Hotel restaurant There’s nothing but breakfast offered on-site, but Malabar House, Trinity’s mother ship, is around the corner for delicious Indian-influenced Mediterranean cuisine.
- Dress code In India, it’s usual pretty casual all the way, but here’s the place to zhuzh up and show off your chic.
- Top table Get a table by the live musicians or the little pool.
- Last orders Around 10.30pm at Malabar House.
- Room service Drinks are available from 7am until 11pm; breakfast can be served in rooms.
- Hotel bar Again, Malabar House is your best port of call, 200 metres away.