“A super-stylish heritage hotel with swimming pool, Ayurvedic spa and rooftop dining in Alleppey, the capital of the Kerala backwaters”
The bougainvillea-draped whitewashed walls enclose a tranquil, luxurious space. The 10 rooms are arranged around 2 courtyards (one with a turquoise, cashew-shaped swimming pool) and a lush garden. The rooftop restaurant is reached by a spiral staircase and looks out across the sea. You can indulge in a little morning yoga or Ayurveda, swing in a hammock, borrow a bicycle to explore, or book fittings with the resident tailor. If you fancy a sunset stroll or a camel ride along the beach, just cross the road and you’ll find the palm-fringed sands of the Malabar Coast - almost deserted during the week, and buzzing with local life at weekends.
- The stunningly restored heritage building has stylish, high-ceilinged rooms and is furnished with wonderful Keralan antiques
- The owners and staff are friendly, the attention to detail is fantastic and everywhere is spotlessly clean
- The beautiful freshwater swimming pool sits in a suntrap courtyard, surrounded by cushioned loungers
- The open-sided rooftop restaurant faces out over the Arabian sea
- You’ll find quirky heritage touches; just ring the little handbell for pre-dinner aperitifs
- A new flyover is being constructed outside the hotel: expect noise disruption throughout 2017
- Alleppey doesn’t have much nightlife, though there are sometimes free concerts on the beach
- The mosquitos can be over-friendly, but coils and plug-in repellents are provided
- Previous reports suggested the beach across the road can be untidy, but we're assured this is no longer the case thanks to a team of local women who clean it every morning
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
The rooms are simple and stylish, with warm terracotta-tiled floors, intricately-carved beds and a rich collection of old, wooden Kerala furniture. Protected from the glare by wooden shutters, their uncluttered spaces, high ceilings and sparkling white walls create a cool and elegant feel. Crisp white linen is offset by crushed velvet and raw silk bed throws and multi-coloured glass lights lend a rainbow effect. All rooms have air conditioning and all but one have both baths and showers (an uncommon luxury in India).
The 3 Superior Deluxe Rooms have the most space. The largest of these, Begum’s Nook is tucked into its own courtyard and has a walk-in wardrobe and TV. Behind this are 3 or the 7 Deluxe Rooms in what was once the Residency’s marriage hall, all with private balconies. The other Deluxe Rooms open off the light-bathed hall, with the brightest being Beta and Bhatija (these are also the most popular rooms, so book well in advance if you want to request them).
One Superior Room is a twin with disabled facilities and a bathroom (the only one with shower only) which is open to the heavens.
- Air conditioning
- Extra beds
- Internet access
Climb the wrought-iron spiral staircase up to Chakara (meaning ‘plentiful catch of fish’), the open-sided rooftop restaurant, and you’ll find plushly-cushioned wicker armchairs, glowing red walls and romantic sea views. You can also eat alfresco at a little table in the courtyard or by the pool if you prefer.
The fixed menu is rotated every night of the week to provide variety, though you can order other dishes too. Fish comes fresh from the ocean and you can tuck into crab, tuna and masala prawns, plus lobster when it’s in season. We particularly enjoyed the signature Alleppey Fish Curry and the old Anglo-Indian favourite ‘Chicken Country Captain’, as well as the south Indian onion chutney.
Breakfast is similarly tasty: homemade preserves come courtesy of a local lady and we recommend trying her banana and pineapple jams.
If you fancy eating out, the adjacent restaurant Harbour has the same ownership as the Residency and offers an à la carte menu and a ‘beer parlour’. There are also restaurants at the Hotel Royal Park and Alleppey Prince, which are favoured by well-heeled locals.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Ayurvedic treatments
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Mountain biking
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
Children of all ages are welcome. The two rooms in a separate courtyard are generally allocated to families with young kids. Extra beds are available on request but you will need to bring your own travel cot. Note that no babysitting or childminding service is available.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available