4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Luxe Art Deco–style hotel on Willingdon Island with four restaurants, an infinity pool and stunning views of Cochin Harbor

The Lowdown

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

Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, Cochin
Willingdon Island
Cochin, 682009 India

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2271 Reviews
Good but maybe you can make it excellent
Reviewed 23 hours ago

I have been there in july. it was pretty good stay over in Taj Malabar . The location is very beautiful ...: I was staying in their heritage room room was good and well cleaned . Overall stay was amazing but you need pretty much improvement in terms of quality of service and hospitality. Definitely I will come back to feel the difference...........!.!

Great location
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed in the heritage room. Very good view from the windows could sit looking out the whole day. The rest of the things is exactly what u get in a Taj.. Good hospitalily, good food. Loved the evening boat cruise. Enjoyed the stay.

Experience staying at the Taj Property
Reviewed 1 day ago

My family and I were absolutely thrilled with the facilities provided to us at Taj during our stay. Not only were the staff polite but they went above and beyond which made the holiday even better. Will definitely recommend to friends and family

Beautiful Property
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stayed at this Heritage property at the tip of willingdon Island. Check in is smooth, staff is courteous. It is on the edge of backwater. Room is very spacious and cozy.Hotel arranged a High tea and cruise which was a welcoming surprise. Dinner at their restaurant Pepper was very tasty, servers are very good with their recommendations. Lot of space for kids to play. Only drawback is the plumbing needs to be fixed , the hot water in the Bathroom was all red/rusty, maintenance could not fix it and no one bothered to update about it later on, not TAJ standards.

Relaxing
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited only the Jiva spa, and it was really relaxing. Well maintained, hygeinic. The staff are polite, considerate and discrete. It has aroma and ayurvedic therapies. Wherever u stay, visit this spa for a massage and ask for Dorma/Serena as therapists.