Trinity

Fort Cochin, Cochin & the Backwaters, India Book from Eur120

A stunning set of three contemporary suites in the former headquarters of the Dutch East India Company in Fort Cochin
Trinity is a private and luxurious place to stay in the peaceful town of Fort Cochin, with its lemon-yellow buildings, palm-fringed beaches, mellow tree-lined streets and rich colonial history. Lying just 200 metres across the Parade Ground from its sister boutique hotel Malabar House, it was once the Indian headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, not that you'd guess. The feel is 21st-century uncluttered chic and the cool interiors come with smooth lines, ambient lighting, vibrant colours and whitewashed walls.

More of a contemporary apartment than a hotel, Trinity consists of three beautifully-designed suites with outdoor bathrooms and sitting areas. There's also a communal dining and sitting room, a balcony with tables and chairs for outside breakfasts and a small outdoor pool with a decking area and a jogging machine. Everything is bright, serene and ultra modern.

It's ideal for those who want a little more privacy than they'd get at a hotel. This feeling is intensified because it looks more like a smart art gallery from the outside than a place to stay, so people don't really know you're here.

Highs

  • With only three suites and no restaurant, it's quiet and private
  • The rooms are chic and serene
  • Two rooms have delightful 'bath gardens'
  • The service is impeccable
  • There are bikes to help you whizz about the peninsular

Lows

  • The pool is very small (more suitable for cooling off than swimming), though you can use the pool at Malabar House
  • There are no views from the rooms and all the windows have blinds on them
  • It's expensive, but you do get the best for your money
  • You have to walk to Malabar House for dinner, though it's only 200 metres
  • You're at the end of a peninsula; don't expect much in the way of nightlife

Best time to go

Winter (October to January) is the peak time for visitors, as the heat is less intense (18-30C). Summer, from February until May, is hotter (23-35C) but still bearable. The monsoon runs from June until September, when prices are reduced. Most of the rainfall falls at night, so you will probably still enjoy some clear days.

Our top tips

Head to Malabar House for a Kalari Ayurvedic treatment, where 2 therapists give you a blissful massage. It's luxuriously relaxing.

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 3
  • Breakfast only; restaurants and bars nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available
  • Jogging machine
Room:

Rooms

The design of the suites (named Red, Blue and Yellow) makes them feel open, clean, colourful and light. All have wonderfully comfortable beds, coloured silk cushions, luxurious crisp linen and cooling terracotta-tiled floors, as well as all the luxuries you’d expect for such a contemporary space - remote-controlled blinds and lighting, air conditioning, ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, phones, TVs and minibars. Those in search of authentic India be warned: the ultra-modern décor is stunning, but it's more like Europe than the East.

The Red Suite is the biggest, with planter chairs to relax in, and both it and the Blue Suite have lovely outdoor bathroom-cum-garden areas. The Yellow Suite has a small decking area, perfect for yoga or just to relax in, and a separate basin/dressing room. All have marvellous outdoor sunken showers surrounded by pebbles, with lovely light kimonos and wooden slippers provided.

Quirky features make each suite different. The Yellow Suite has a fantastic black and white photograph display of Kathakali dancers putting on their makeup; the Blue Suite has a lovely antique children’s car on its mezzanine. Original art by contemporary Indian artists graces the walls of each room, and wooden artefacts pepper the whole place. The Red and Blue Suites both have second double beds on a small mezzanine - perfect if you have a young child or you’re a group of friends together.

There are no views from any room, but the communal sitting and dining room has views over Fort Cochin’s Parade Ground. Light and airy, it also has comfortable chairs and a sofa in a deep Buddha-orange, bookshelves and a table at the window from which to enjoy the view. A dramatic black net hides the ugly building next door and adds to the ultra-modern feel.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Terrace
  • Tv

Eating

Breakfast can be taken whenever you want. You have a choice of fresh breads and pastries, muffins, fruit and eggs, or South Indian options such as a banana and coconut dosa (rice-flour pancakes). Food is tasty, healthy and perfectly cooked. There’s always lots of fresh fruit available, as well as drinks throughout the day. You can eat at a lovely wooden communal dining table, upstairs on a more private (though rather dark) mezzanine, or in your room.

As Trinity only has a small kitchen area it only offers breakfast, but you can have lunch and dinner at boutique sister hotel Malabar House, a 200-metre walk across the Parade Ground. Its restaurant, Malabar Junction, is on a lovely outdoor terrace by a small pool and has a short but wonderful menu of delicious and healthy dishes. There's a particular focus on fresh fish; dishes might include prawns with mango, seafood salad and spicy pork vindaloo.

Malabar House also has a wine lounge, Divine, which showcases Indian wines and serves tapas-style food combining European and Eastern flavours.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
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Activity:

Activities

  • Sit by the window and watch a game of cricket on the Parade Ground at sunset

  • Play cards or family games at the communal mezzanine table, or cool off in the small pool before a sleep on the decking

  • Take a walk through historic Fort Cochin for an insight into its Portuguese, Dutch, British and Indian history. Malabar House can provide maps and there's an Indo-Portuguese Museum and the 16th-century Indo-Dutch Mattancherry Palace to explore

  • Cycle around Fort Cochin and watch the fishermen at work with their famous Chinese fishing nets on the nearby quay

  • Visit nearby church of St Francis, India’s oldest Christian building

  • Go shopping in Jewtown for antiques, spices and trinkets, then wander to the Kishi Art Café for some coffee and chocolate cake

  • Take in a performance (Kathakali dancing, Indian classical music or a spot of Anglo-Indian guitar) over dinner at the Malabar House restaurant

  • Take a trip on the Keralan backwaters in the Discovery houseboat

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Wine tasting

Kids

This place is better suited to older children as it’s more of a sanctuary than a play area, although all ages are welcomed. Children under the age of 10 go free and babysitting can be arranged. No cots are provided but extra beds are available on request for an additional charge.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

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