This article featuring Malabar House one of India Beat’s favorite hotels in Fort Cochin was published in the December 2009 issue of the British edition of Conde Nast Traveller.

Kerala on Parade

Historic Fort Cochin in South India is a charming town, never more so than at Christmas when the houses are strung with star – shaped lanterns, and life – sized Papa Noel figures filled with fireworks are set alight to mark the passing of the Old Year. Stay at The Malabar House, where seven Courtyard Wing rooms have just emerged from  a revamp, with new colours, art, furniture and textures. This follows last year’s refurbishment of the hotel’s restaurant, Malabar Junction, and the addition of a wine – and – tapas bar, Divine; next year it’s the turn of the remaining 10 rooms. A five – room extension to sister property Trinity, the three – suite micro – hotel across the parade ground, is also imminent. The architect is Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, who did the wonderful 360 Leti hotel in the Himalayas. The Malabar House (www.malabarhouse.com; doubles from  Euro 173). Book through India Beat (www.indiabeat.co.uk)

India Beat & Kerala on Parade

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