I was in Kerala, one of my favorite states in India again last month, visiting three properties of  Relais and Châteaux http://www.relaischateaux.com/en(the global association of small luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants).

These properties took me through the beach, backwaters and Kochi… I am writing separately about all that I did and saw on this packed trip… But all three properties had special elements of décor and architecture that combined contemporary sleekness and minimalism with South Indian heritage that truly appealed to my inner artist.

Have a look at the first property in this series which took us to the backwaters:

Purity on Lake Vembanad

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The boutique property Purity, on the gargantuan Lake Vembanad used to be an Italian guest house and designer- turned hotelier Joerg Drechsel and his pretty Basque wife Txuku have converted it into a vibrant haven.

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A colour  scheme  that is bold and beautiful and uses purple and pink accents.


Multi-hued tiles that double up as carpets ( so practical and beautiful)


Leather puppets sandwiched behind sheets of glass lit up.

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Modular blocks of furniture designed by Joerg that remind me of LEGO blocks!


Special Blinds designed like old Kerala curtains but with a twistIMG_4496

Antiques dotted around the hotel ranging from a palanquin to a statue of the super-god Hanuman.

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Themed Art /artifacts

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Soak your troubles away in the ‘larger than life bathrooms’

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“I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same.” 


Quirky ideas like this hand cart with spices

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Stone pillars that  lead to the backwaters

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And the views of the backwaters framed like an Impressionist painting


Overlooking Lake Vembanad at its widest point, Purity is  70 km from Cochin International Airport.

Accessible by car & boat.

Check it out at: http://www.relaischateaux.com/purity

Bookings at http://www.malabarescapes.com






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