“Truly delightful, fully staffed 5-bedroom hotel or private villa on a rubber plantation midway between Cochin, the backwaters and Thekkady (sleeps 2-12)”
This wonderful 1920s plantation estate bungalow has been beautifully restored and is decorated entirely in keeping with its colonial past. The dark timber and panelling throughout the property are exquisite and the warm terracotta and turquoise colours that dominate the interiors blend perfectly with the profusion of colonial furniture and with the local environment.
The Deluxe Rooms (3 doubles and 2 twins) each have an attached shower room and air conditioning. Those on the ground floor have polished stone floors and there is coir carpeting in the first-floor rooms. The house is replete with stunning artefacts and paintings that have been collected over the years by the owner. The linen and fabrics used throughout are fine, natural Indian cotton and canvas, adding a cool, crisp feel.
If you choose to book the Whole House, an additional twin room is made available, allowing the house to accommodate 12 people in total. It has lovely views as it sits over the porch and has 3 walls of windows. Although it does not have its own attached bathroom, it does have a small shower room at the end of the corridor.
Serenity has a trained, resident chef who will prepare delicious meals based on the recipes of Malabar House. The dishes blend local Travancore Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, with fresh ingredients grown on site, and meals are taken either in the dining room or on the patio.
There is a daily gourmet theme menu with plenty of choice. Unlike a restaurant kitchen, the cook will discuss the meals directly with you and make sure to accommodate whatever preferences you have with respect to spiciness, style etc. We reckon that the pasta with either fish or shellfish is the best we had in Kerala, and the fish curry is to-die-for too.
Breakfast is included in the daily room rate and is a choice (or a combination of) a continental or a South Indian spread. We loved the idli (steamed rice cake), vada (fritters) and dosa (rice and lentil pancakes) with sambar, coconut cutney and steamed banana.
Serenity is ideal for families who want to escape to a retreat in the low hills and children will relish the opportunity to meet Laxmi the elephant. Children over 2 are welcome but, being a small and peaceful place, guests are asked to be aware that noise carries here!
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Each bedroom can hold an extra bed and baby cot. Alternatively a large family or group travelling together could book the entire property, which would include 3 double rooms and 2 twin rooms
The property’s manager can arrange for child care if required