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Kerala & the South


A selection of our favourite places to stay in Kerala and Southern India

Spice Village – Thekkady, Southern India

A green retreat

Set amidst the landscaped spice gardens, the cottages at Spice Village are where you will rest your head at night are simple, yet luxuriously furnished and naturally elegant. Immerse yourself in nature, culture and the local way of life - look no further than Spice Village for a true wilderness experience. Read More

Coconut Lagoon – Kumarakom

Enchanting heritage home

Coconut Lagoon sits amongst rice paddies, tranquil waterways and lush gardens boasting authentic heritage, exquisite cuisine and a unique insight into this beautiful corner of Kerala. During your stay you are free to wander through the cool wildflower and butterfly garden, take a sunset cruise or explore the network of canals by canoe. Read More

Earth Houseboat – Kerala, Southern India

An intimate and intricate adventure

Earth Houseboat was once a traditional barge used to transport rice along the large and intricate network of Kerala’s lakes and canals. Carrying you quietly across the tranquil waters there are few ways to explore Kerala that are more relaxing or more authentic. A tonic for the body and mind cruising through the sleepy backwaters. Read More

Malabar House – Cochin, Kerala

A haven of tranquility

Malabar House is situated on a peaceful green in the centre of Fort Cochin (Kochi) in Kerala. Formerly an 18th-century Dutch colonial residence this small, luxury boutique hotel offers a haven of tranquility in the city. The whole place is effortlessly stylish and is as romantic on ‘candlelit’ evenings as it is during the bright, sunny daytime. Read More

Palais de Mahe – Pondicherry, Southern India

Colonial French chic in India

In the heart of Pondicherry’s French Quarter, Palais de Mahe is a characterful retreat within easy wandering distance of the picturesque promenade. Spice-laden breezes drift off the Bay of Bengal and local artists display their work. Palais de Mahe is a grand and fitting base for exploring this beautiful and enchanting city. Read More

Eighth Bastion – Cochin, Kerala

Dutch comfort and class

Eighth Bastion, located in the Malabar region of Fort Kochi, is remnant of a time long past where the VOC was busy trading and fighting over spices and trade routes. The hotel’s outdoor pool and garden are great places to unwind after a busy day of exploring. Look no further than Eighth Bastion Hotel for your stay in Kochi. Read More

Taj Vivanta Connemara – Chennai

Grace and elegance in Chennai

Taj Vivanta Connemara is Chennai’s only heritage hotel, built originally in 1854 and refurbished in art deco style in 1937. An iconic swimming pool was added in 1974 designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. Enjoy the hotel's facilities or explore the city's rich heritage of artistic, religious and culinary traditions. Read More

The Leela Palace – Chennai, Southern India

Luxury and glam

The Leela Palace is Chennai’s only modern palace hotel, set on the glittering Bay of Bengal. With opulent design features and palatial interiors, it evokes the rich heritage of Tamil Nadu and offers guests a full, royal experience in one of Chennai’s most prestigious and stunningly beautiful locations. Read More

Brunton Boatyard – Cochin, Kerala

Old meets charming

Brunton Boatyard is a unique hotel with a fascinating heritage and undeniable charm. The interiors are a wonderful blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences. It offers a unique experience which celebrates the very best of centuries of cultural influence whilst also blending authenticity with stylish contemporary design. Read More

Marari Beach Resort – Kerala

Surrounded by nature

Set on 30 acres of land lies the Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam, among lily ponds, coconut groves, fruit trees and a large organic farm. Cottages are thatched with coconut leaves and bathrooms echo nature's environment, with the experience of bathing under the open skies. Enjoy nature's raw beauty at Marari Beach Resort. Read More

Maison Perumal – Pondicherry

Tamil and French colonial heritage

In the heart of Pondicherry’s Tamil Quarter, Maison Perumal is an 18th century home which exudes a legacy that reflects the French colonial aura within the seaside town. Enjoy a stay at Maison Perumal—where to be a guest in a gracious Tamil home was traditionally considered an honorary experience of the very high kind. Read More
Spice Village – Thekkady, Southern India
Coconut Lagoon – Kumarakom
Earth Houseboat – Kerala, Southern India
Malabar House – Cochin, Kerala
Palais de Mahe – Pondicherry, Southern India
Eighth Bastion – Cochin, Kerala
Taj Vivanta Connemara – Chennai
The Leela Palace – Chennai, Southern India
Brunton Boatyard – Cochin, Kerala
Marari Beach Resort – Kerala
Maison Perumal – Pondicherry

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