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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 stay was overall a great one. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience with complimentary High Tea, Evening sunset boat ride, Classical dance performance and lamp lighting. The pool overlooking the sea is one of the best in terms of quality and view. The entrance foyer is little small in size and gets cramped while checking in. Getting a cab can be tricky as the Willingdon Island is sparsely populated.
I have previously stayed at the hotel and came back as I had a beautiful stay. No disappointment, same warm welcome, everyone is attentive and make sure you are comfortable. Nice cocktails, excellent seafood restaurant (Alleppey fish curry), rooms very well appointed and what not to say about the presidential suite :) The small boutique has always interesting choice of books and the spa treatments were perfect. I would choose the hotel to spend a week for ayurvedic treatments next time. This hotel is charming and if you have any issue, they will handle it, they are very effective. The place is charming. Mrs Madeleine.
This hotel is on wellington island which has more of indian defence places etc. So, basically you will not find anything much nearby. But, it has ferry and road connectivity and not too far from fort kochi area by road. River view from hotel is stunning. Very welcoming and sweet staff. Evening tea and snacks were very good. Followed by sunset cruise which no one should miss. Food at their restaurants are super. Comfortable beds and spacious rooms. Though they need to fix their wooden flooring around the hotel. In our room as well as on few other places wooden floor was broken. Otherwise very good hotel. Highly recommend if u dont mind staying bit away from fort kochi area.