Kerala Hotels & Resorts

Eighth Bastion - A Dutch Grace Note

So many cultures melt into Fort Cochin that it feels like everybody’s city. And indeed, for three centuries it was.

Stroll through its sunlit, leafy lanes, experience its relaxed charm, and it’s easy to forget that warring empires clashed here for nearly three centuries.

 
While Fort Cochin’s British and Portuguese past is evident everywhere you go, the area’s Dutch DNA is a subtle, less visible cultural thread. This thread is what we plucked from the out of the history books. And sought to weave into a contemporary travel experience. 
title=On a peaceful street corner in the centre of Dutch Cochin we found a historic plot of land that has seen much building and rebuilding since the early 1700s.
This was the stage. Perfect for an an elegantly curated fusion of styles, tastes and ideas. At  once a celebration of Fort Cochin’s Dutch heritage and its vibrant contemporary culltural pulse.  When it was finished, we called the outcome  Eighth Bastion.
 
 
For more about Eighth Bastion please click the link.
 

 Spice Village - The Elevated Life

Spice Village is the essence of a mountain tribal village, re-imagined for the modern independent traveller.

A tribute to ancient ways of life. And to one man's patience and passion.

Curling around a misty ridge 2,000ft high in the Periyar vastness, we found a ranger's home,  with fruit trees, rare herbs and a profusion of flowering plants. And here, we set out to build a resort. A village, produced whole, using mountain spirit and tribal wisdoms as building material.
 

Of course, the comforts of a modern hotel exist, but they never intrude. Modern plumbing, comfortable beds and hot showers find their place, but in a setting stripped down to its natural essence.

 

Hewn stone replaces shag carpets. Birdsong takes the place of television.  Air-conditioning? Unnecessary anyway in the fine mountain climate and what would it do but mask the heady scents of spice wafting through the air?

 

For more about the Spice Village please click the link.

 

Dewalokam Home Stay

 

A stay at Dewalokam is a truly unique way to relax and unwind in our peaceful and unspoiled heaven.

 
 
 
Enjoy our home grown produce freshly cooked as you sample gourmet traditional Keralan food and join the professional chefs in our state-of-the-art kitchen in informal learn-to-cook sessions.

 

Ours is a working farm, run on organic and eco principles, where you will not only be welcomed by the warmest of Keralan families, but will also be able to help the local community and the planet. Our water is heated with solar power, vegetables grown with home-made compost, chickens and goats fed on vegetable waste and methane from our cows manure is recovered to provide gas for cooking.

 

For more about Dewalokam Home Stay please click the link.

 

 Coconut Lagoon - History in Liquid Reflections

There are so many facets to the Coconut Lagoon experience. The heritage of the old fuedal villages of Malabar. The vast frolic of the Vembanad lake. The shimmering waters of the canals that criss-cross the property. The flavour bursts of Kerala home-style cooking.

Together, they are a celebration of harmony, life and natural beauty that touches every sense and takes you into a world still unsullied by modern ways.

Coconut Lagoon is located in the Kerala district of Kuttanad, the land of short people. A wag has it that this name came about because the folks here are always knee deep in paddy fields.

Be that as it may, more than 8 of Coconut Lagoon’s 30 acres are actually given over to rice cultivation.Not quite what you’d expect from a holiday resort?

Well, sit back, relax and explore. You’ll find much that defies easy definition.

For more about the Coconut Lagoon please click the link.

 

 

Marari Beach - The Fine Art Of Undoing Things

Ever noticed this strange trend in modern life? People are constantly doing things to 'try and relax'.

Yet, the word relaxation means not trying anything. In fact, the exact opposite.

 

Marari Beach, you'll find, is the one place where you can unwind completely, without the trying bit. You can't watch TV to relax, for example. There isn't one in your room. You can’t plunge into a whirl of holiday activities like surfboarding or beach parties.

 

 

We thoughtfully left all that stuff off the schedule. Instead,  what about a completely aimless walk on a path strewn with wildflowers? Or an hour spent with a Monarch butterfly? Or a glowing afternoon on a near-empty beach, watching the waves change colour?

Marari is not merely an antidote to stress. It's a cure for that other vexing holiday problem: Trying to Take it Easy. Because here, you can throw away the to do list and be free. With no effort at all.

For more about Marari Beach Resort please click the link.

 

If you would like to book our Kerala Cookery Tour and secure your stay in all of the above fantastic and relaxing Kerala Hotels & Resorts please see our Kerala Cookery Tour Page.