Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Cochin
What We Love
- Grand hotel with stunning harbor views
- The outdoor infinity pool
- A choice of four restaurants
- The Pada Mardana Indian foot massage at Jiva Spa
What To Know
- The property is split into two wings: the Heritage Wing (dating from 1935) and the newer Tower Wing
- Free WiFi for up to two devices
- The Jiva Spa offers treatments using traditional Indian techniques
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the tip of Willingdon Island, this five-star hotel is surrounded by manicured lawns dotted with swaying palms and offers impressive views of Cochin Harbor. Built in 1935, the hotel has retained many of its original Art Deco features, including an intricate carved wood ceiling in the lobby and bay windows overlooking the tropical gardens. The guestrooms are in keeping with the period, with polished wooden floors and colonial-style ceiling fans, and the spacious marble bathrooms come with walk-in rain showers and ayurvedic Forest Essentials products. For added style and comfort book a Deluxe Allure Suite, which features a four-poster bed, a separate living room and a private balcony overlooking the harbor. There’s a choice of four restaurants: the Rice Boat for Kerala-style seafood, The Pavilion for Southeast Asian cuisine, Dolphin’s Point for alfresco barbecue, and the Pepper for casual round-the-clock continental fare. Relax with piano music and a drink in the wood-paneled Mattancherry Bar, or refresh with a deep-cleansing jamarosa root facial at the Jiva Spa.
In the Area
Don’t miss your chance to see tigers in their natural habitat at the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a vast area of outstanding natural beauty that fans out around the Pamba River basin. For a fascinating lesson in Indian history, head for Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. Look for the astonishing carved ceilings and the perfectly preserved murals. Closer to home, ask the concierge about a traditional backwater cruise to glide along palm-fringed canals and coconut groves, stopping at villages to learn the secrets of Keralan cuisine.
How to Get There
The Malabar given its magnificent location on Willingdon Island has a lot to stand up for, which it does so well. It has Sunil at the Front and Thomas as Executive Chef. Their experience ensures that nothing is left to chance.
My friends and I enjoyed the stay at Taj Malabar Resort. The ambient was relaxing. The food and the service was excellent. Special thanks to Dinesh Babu who provided excellent service when we dined at the restaurant.
I stayed at the Taj Malabar during my trip to Kochi, it is a very old property on the Willingdon island and is extremely beautiful surrounded by water bodies all around, I had dinner in the Thai/Chinese restaurant where the food and service were great, the breakfast was good as well though the spread could have been better, the check in and check out were both smooth with an impressive lobby, very scenic property where you can click some great pictures, overall a superb hotel to stay in Kochi.
Mr Sibi Thomas, the General Manager is everywhere looking after you. Mr. Soby Thomas, Duty Manager gives a perception of being there 24x7 enquiring and taking care of your smallest needs. Pepper, the multi cuisine all day dining restaurant has a large menu for breakfast and multiple choices. The restaurant is sensitive to allergies. The Rice Boat restaurant can cater to your sea food taste and also serves line caught fresh fish.
The hotel has a complimentary drop to Mantancherry at 10 am from the hotel jetty by boat and a pick up from the Mantacherry jetty to the hotel jetty at 2 pm every day.
They have a guest tea time at Dolphins point at the hotel at 5 pm followed by a 45 min complimentary backwater cruise. Happy hours with discounts 6 to 8 pm.
And then a lamp lighting ceremony followedv by a half hour cultural show. There is an infinity pool and a Spa. In short, plenty to do.there are kids activity and movies.
Try and be in one of the rooms in the old wing if possible for spacious rooms and the old world charm of the 1930’s with modern amenities.
Wow is the word i will start with for this hotel. Very unique experience of the kerala backwaters and the experience is so fascinatingly enhanced to see ships sail ahead of you when you are wining and dining. Good Taj standards and service and i promise to stay here whenever i am in cochin next. Its a different world and to top it up we had kerala coastal sea food to make it an evening to remember.