One of Kerala’s only ‘boutique’ hotels, this 18th-century Dutch colonial residence has been transformed into a small, luxury hotel. Malabar House is a fascinating and sophisticated art-focussed hotel, situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. An inspired mixture of local furniture and antiques, combined with contemporary designs and stunning, vibrant colour schemes, is all housed within a pretty, old, colonial mansion which has been lovingly restored and is now, unquestionably, the finest small hotel in Cochin.Each of the 17 bedrooms is a haven of tranquillity amidst a bustling harbour city. The cuisine is second to none – combining South Indian and Mediterranean ingredients and fresh seafood, whilst the wine list has some superb international brands. It is ideally situated for wandering out to see the Chinese fishing nets or for taking gentle strolls up to Mattancherry and its famous antique market. Amenities include: swimming pool, excellent restaurant, and Kalari massage – one of the oldest schools of Ayurveda as relaxation and rejuvenation therapy.