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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


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


4.5 Very Good 2533 Reviews
Reviewed 1 day ago

spectacular location with delightfully welcoming hotel that offers everything for a discerning traveller , The hotel was awesome, I am owed to the staff , every one was smiling and greeting guest every where .View from the room was mind blowing .Spa experience was good and breakfast buffet was really good ,In pavilion restaurant Dhinesh made our dining experience a memorable one .This hotel far exceeded my expectation

Reviewed 6 days ago

Jithin & the entire staff were so kind, professional and helpful. Highlights - evening Cruise, Mohini Attam, sea view rooms, breakfast, pool, and a great deal offered by the manager. We had a wonderful stay. Thank you!

Genuine experience at rivira
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at these luxury apartments for 4 days enjoying all excellent services you think of with variety of choices offerd by all hotel staff ,not to mention the lovely atmosphere around the place, which could be seen from your balcony fronting the lake, and a beautiful garden.Their tv Cable offer a variety of channels Indian and English, Their services regarding housekeeping, room services,food quality and variety, gem availability, and tour offers make your stay at this place more enjoyable and remembered

Beautiful property, Lovely Stay!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful property, lovely stay!
Loved the hotel and its open areas, the swing, the restaurant Pepper and the rooms in the heritage wing especially.
The sunset boat ride offered by the hotel was one of the highlights.
The restaurant Rice Boat looked stunning, but we did not dine there for lack of vegetarian food options.
From arrival to exit, the hospitality was super, as Taj always is. The spice box at check out, the delicious cake which they specifically made eggless on request, the yoga mat for our room- it's the little things that count. The staff was warm and polite, special mention to Mr.Daniel at Pepper and Mr.Sumeet at the front desk (the curly haired gentleman, might have got his name wrong).
In a nutshell, loved the vibe of Cochin, and especially our stay at the lovely Taj Resort and Spa. Will definitely be back here everytime we visit Cochin!

Wonderful stay at malabar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stay at Malabar was very comfortable and pleasant for our weekend getaway. Felt very relaxed at this property . This property is known for its great location next away from the hustle and bustle of city surrounded by backwaters.