I love hotels with a sense of history… The Malabar House originally home to a  Dutch family, then spice traders, tea traders, it was even a bank. In 1996, it became Fort Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotel.


Malabar House is an upscale boutique hotel, a Relais and Châteaux property-  a place with a soul owned by German designer turned hotelier Joerg  Drechsel and his Spanish wife Txuku in historic Fort Kochi.


The stark reception has a huge red sphere suspended from the ceiling and contemporary art on walls.


The café courtyard has a frangipani tree and a small pool. The place to laze around or read a book…



My snug  roof Garden Suite on the first floor with smooth stone floors and high ceilings…


“Red. Red is good. Fire engines are red. Porsche’s are red.” Its blood and strength and life…


The Malabar Junction, the restaurant in the hotel’s courtyard that comes to life by night. Traditional fare with a contemporary Mediterranean twist.. Think fresh salads, chocolate samosas, sea food…


You always need an umbrella in ‘God’s own country’….


Raising the bar- red bar stools and sepia images on walls and tapas and wine.


Specially designed cushion covers and red  wicker chairs.


Evenings steeped in magic with candles and oil lamps -musicians, a sparkling pool,  lights strung around the trees and a traditional  stone pillar-framed dais.


Malabar house has been awarded Green Globe certification for its environmental practices. Malabar Escapes also runs a residential houseboat- Discovery, which cruises on Kerala’s vast network of waterways.

Malabar House , is situated opposite the Parade Ground in Fort Kochi and is 45 kms from Kochi Airport.

It is ideally located for sightseeing, shopping and backwater cruises.

Contact http://www.malabarhouse.com

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