The Malabar House
- Style East meets west
- Setting Fort Cochin cricket ground
Two 18th-century colonial-style villas surrounding a courtyard in Kerala, The Malabar House hotel is an exotic escape that’s refreshingly removed from the hustle and bustle. Trimmed in rich fabrics and museum-worthy art, this east-meets-west boutique is home to an acclaimed Meditterranean-accented restaurant and a soothing Ayurvedic spa.
Need to know
- Rooms 17, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $383.76 (€280), excluding tax at 19.92 per cent.
- More details Rates include a choice of Continental or South Indian breakfast.
- Facilities Ayurvedic spa treatments, free WiFi throughout, bicycles to borrow. In rooms: air-con, flatscreen TV and DVD players, luxe rain-style showers and inspired own-range toiletries, including rosewater.
- Poolside The small pool right by the reception is suitable for a quick plunge, but this isn't really sunbathing territory, although there are a few loungers for bolder bronzers.
- Check–out Midday.
Children All ages are welcome. Extra beds are €25 a night. Babysitting can be arranged with notice.
- Also Smoking rooms are available on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each room has its own look, but the five Roof Garden Suites on the first floor, and the two-floored Malabar Suite are the most spacious and special. Rooms 10 and 11 have their own roof gardens and double-poster beds made from reclaimed pillars.
- Packing tips Mosquito repellent and wrist- and ankle-covering layers – particularly if you plan to sit by the swimming pool in the terrace restaurant.
- Also The hotel prides itself on its art collection which showcases Kerala's cosmopolitan influences and sculptures and paintings are scattered throughout the Malabar House.
Food and drink at The Malabar House
- Hotel restaurant The Malabar Junction, the restaurant in the hotel’s courtyard that comes to life by night, is well known for delivering Mediterranean cuisine by way of South India – a rare treat in this land. In rainy weather, there are tables indoors.
- Dress code Go local but glam; we love the pretty cotton clothing from around the corner at FabIndia.
- Top table Grab a table by the live musicians for maximum tabla-and-sitar sounds, or pick a romantic spot next to the pool.
- Last orders The Malabar Junction isn't strict about meal times, but dinner is generally available until around midnight.
- Room service Really, only breakfast can be rustled up for you to enjoy in private until 11am (a Continental-style spread or South Indian favourites, such as a banana and coconut dosa), and supper until 11pm (orders before 10.30pm).
- Hotel bar There isn’t a bar as such, but the candlelit tables in the courtyard or on one of the terraces are the ideal spot for a colonial-style G&T. You can enjoy wine and beer in the lounge just above the restaurant.