Perched on the edge of Fort Cochin's harbour,
a grand monument to a colonial past
Ask any local and they'll tell you Brunton Boatyard is Kerala's best: steps away from the Arabian Sea and Fort Cochin's narrow, picturesque streets blooming with bougainvillea, the hotel is a calm oasis amidst the vibrant colours. The elegant, spacious rooms are filled with beautiful antiques, featuring enormous teak wood four poster beds and unique detailing. Discover the diverse cultural history through unique culinary creations, take a sunset cruise round the harbour to see the famous Chinese fishing nets being lifted from the waters, or relax by the poolside sipping from a glass of white wine. A world of quiet indulgence awaits.
HOTEL TYPEHeritage Hotel Urban Oasis City Escape
- Dine in quiet seclusion at the end of the pier with a special tailor-made menu of your favourite dishes.
- Take a complimentary sunset cruise round the harbour to see the banks come to life with fishermen returning home with their day’s catch and the fish sellers busy at work; you may even spot a dolphin or two.
- Learn how to cook South Indian specialties with one of the hotel's expert chefs.
A private one-hour boat cruise through the backwaters and romantic dinner for two when you book the Romance Package
"The Brunton Boatyard is a prestigious address in historical Fort Cochin today. Its antecedents are even more captivating. Geo Brunton and Sons were respected ship builders in Kochi. The location of their old boatyard was perfect for us to recreate a setting that would bring alive again 19th century Malabar in the heart of Fort Cochin, where every lane still whispers tales from its alluring past. Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese, the Dutch; and the British, at different points of time, the region still bears the influence of European architecture and heritage. Kochi has been drawing traders, explorers and travellers to its shores for over 600 years.
This recreated period building that is our hotel sits well with its colonial era, surroundings, and counterparts - the great trading houses of British India when pepper from Kerala was considered as precious as gold. Like the cultures they celebrate and display, Brunton Boatyard is a five-star hotel whose interiors reflect an eclectic but tasteful blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences as seen in its high ceilings, hanging fans and a plethora of artefacts and curios from a great mercantile age known for its pomp and glamour."
imagine a romantic day like this
You wander down to breakfast in the Armoury Café, where you sit for a while making the most of the luxurious spread, tasting local delicacies and tropical fruits. Then you lie by the pool basking in the sun's rays and watching dolphins playing in the water just beyond the hotel pier. At lunchtime, you wander down Burgher street to find a pretty little café and explore some of local craft shops, admiring the exquisite fabrics and rugs. When it's slightly cooler, you decide to borrow a couple of the hotel's bikes and venture further into the city, discovering beautiful old Portuguese architecture, ancient churches and vibrant markets. Or you visit the spices and antiques market and the art galleries nearby. On your return to the hotel, you dive straight into the cool water of the swimming pool and just have time for a quick cocktail or evening tea before the sunset cruise. Dolphins follow the boat, and you watch as the streets transform from day to night with food stalls popping up all along the waterfront. You dine indoors at the History restaurant or choose to site alfresco as the evening is clear and dry, and indulge in seafood and fine wine at The Terrace Grill.
The spacious rooms are gracefully furnished with antiques, including huge four-poster beds so high that there's a step provided to help you clamber in, and all rooms feature either patios or large balconies overlooking the sea and the small islands that are scattered round the mainland. The high ceilings and contemporary paint palette of navy blue and white create a sense of simple grandeur and serenity. Complimentary amenities include Wifi, tea/coffee maker, bathrobes, slippers, exclusive bath products and the brand's own glass bottled drinking water.
Non Sea Facing Rooms
Designed for pure relaxation, these rooms are bright and airy with centre-piece king sized beds and large bathrooms equipped with bath-tubs.
Sea Facing Rooms
Located across all three floors of the hotel, these rooms are elegant and homely, furnished with a well curated collection of unique antiques that were salvaged from the local area. The en-suite bathrooms are state of the art with large bath tubs and rain showers, whilst the balcony provides a stunning view of the Arabian Sea.
Sea Facing Deluxe Suite
These luxuriously spacious suites are stylish and simple with a bedroom, living and dining area, pantry, and bathroom with a large bath tub next to the window, from where you can admire the view of the harbour. Or else, you can choose to relax in the balcony, watching the busy life on the water as fishing boats, ferries and giant liners glide silently and majestically past the hotel's front.
Our thoughtfully curated experience lets you get the most during your stay. Join a Yoga session, go on a sunset cruise and participate in a cooking demonstration while you are there. Enjoy a special Romance Treat: private boat cruise and romantic dinner for two. Create memories that will stay with you for a long time.
- Deluxe room accommodation
- Yoga session
- Sunset cruise with other guests
- Cooking demonstration
- Evening tea
- Also included are the following special Romance Treat
- A private boat cruise (one hour) through the backwaters
- A romantic dinner for two
1/498, Calvetty Road Fort Kochi-682001 Kochi, Kerala
52 km from Cochin International Airport
beyond the hotel
Life happens in Fort Cochin at a more relaxed pace than most of India. There are plenty of excellent cafés and restaurants where you can watch people on the cobbled streets sipping hot cups of Keralan Chai. Borrow bikes from the hotel and peddle lazily along the coastline to watch the giant fishing nets being lowered into the sea, explore antique shops, and the ancient churches including the Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church, where Vasco de Gama was originally buried. Or venture into Jew Town, home to a 16th-century synagogue and Cochin's famously colourful spice market where you can shop for saffron, nutmeg and pepper. To see traditional production processes, take a tuk tuk to the lesser-known ginger factory where the ginger is dried in the courtyard of a beautiful crumbling Portuguese house and raked in clouds of spicy white powder. Here you can also watch women hand-making scented candles and buy local products in the on-site boutique. Kerala is also famous for performing arts and is the best place in India to see Kathakali (dance theatre performed through a series of gestures) and Kalaripayattu (martial arts); most evenings there are performances that also offer the option of going along early to watch the make-up preparations.
awards and accolades
Year 2017-2018 : Lonely Planet - Award for Sustainable Tourism – CGH Earth
Year 2016 – 2017 : Outlook Traveller Boutique Hotel Awards - The Best Responsible Hotel – CGH Earth
Year 2014 – 2015 : National Geographic in partnership with ITB Berlin - CGH Earth has made it to the final list for world legacy awards by National Geographic in partnership with ITB Berlin. We are one of the 3 selected in the category - Sense of Place.
Year 2009 - 2010 : CGH Earth PATA Gold Award - CGH Earth - Corporate Environment Program
Year 1999 - 2000 : Green Globe Award - CGH Earth at WTM