Malabar House Residency, Cochin, Kerala
AboutTo transform an 18th-century Dutch colonial residence into a small, luxury hotel, and to preserve its calm spaciousness, is an achievement but one that has been created by the owner of Malabar House Residency. This boutique hotel has become renowned in southern India for its individual style, blending contemporary colours yellows and whites, reds and oranges with antiques and Indian artwork chosen by the German owner and meticulously run by Mr Isaac and his team. Its 17 bedrooms and suites are set around a central courtyard where there is a small pool. All rooms are individually decorated, spacious and some have private balconies. Overlooking the parade ground in sleepy Fort Cochin, it is just a stone's throw away from the main sites which can be easily reached by foot. Portuguese forts, Dutch and British churches, Chinese fishing nets and Jewish shops selling local spices and fabrics are all within striking distance. After watching the sun set into the Arabian Sea, you can dine in style on Indian or European cuisine at the hotel’s poolside restaurant. Malabar House Residency is a haven of stylish hospitality: an 18th-century residence in one of India’s historic trading ports.