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Brunton Boatyard

Brunton Boatyard

Kochi
, Kerala
, India

The historical Brunton & Sons Boatyard has been transformed into a truly unique hotel. Here, the flavours of Fort Kochi blend harmoniously with the echoes of the now long forgotten but ever-present influences of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British.

The atmosphere of Brunton Boatyard reflects the historical past of Fort Kochi. Even the raintrees in the green courtyard were planted by the British. The lounge is reminiscent of the days of the Raj, with high lofty ceiling and old-fashioned ‘punkhas’. The field sloping roofs and terracotta tiled flooring are all relics of a forgotten style of gracious, spacious architecture. The large, comfortable armchairs, the deceptively delicate cane chairs, the wrought iron sofas and divans, the antique solid spice chests made of mahogany and teak, bound with brass, and many other artifacts will catch your eye.

Our Rating: Luxury
Property Type: Boutique

Accommodation

The rooms and suites offer a magnificent view of the sea and the delta, as Brunton Boatyard is located at the mouth of the Arabian Sea. While some overlook the bustling streets of Fort Kochi, lined with heritage buildings. The view of the sea gives you a glimpse of life at the harbour, where you can see quaint fishing boats and brightly coloured country craft, motor boats that ply between the jetties of Fort Kochi and the small islands that dot the sea just around Kochi. And if you are really lucky, a school of dolphins.

Dining

The Terrace Grill overlooks the bustling jetty and serves you fresh seafood, grilled and served the way you like it. Open for dinner, their catch-of-the day is not to be missed.

The Armoury Restaurant, the cocktail lounge and restaurant gets its name from the replica antique weapons displayed on its walls. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves Kerala and international cuisine. You must try the Cardamom Spiced Ganache or the seafood meals here.

At History Restaurant, you can enjoy different kinds of cuisines from various communities like the Dutch, Arab, Portuguese, British, Indian and the Jews, who settled in Cochin. The culture and cuisine of these communities was influenced by the native Keralites and vice versa, thus producing an entirely new flavour in the kitchens of Kerala. The eclectic menu showcases the best from this melting pot of cultures at the History Restaurant.

Experiences

Enjoy traditional Kerala cooking demos in an interactive session with the chef and enter the magical world of Indian spices.

Indulge in various healing Ayurveda services at ‘Aryatheeram’. At sunset, you can take a cruise around the Cochin Harbour,organized by Brunton Boatyard and departing from the private jetty. Unwind and relax by the pool. Or explore Fort Kochi.

Stroll down to Mattancherry Spice Market where you can catch a glimpse of spices being dried, sorted and packed, as spice merchants try to get a bargain. Or take a walk along the beach to watch the Chinese Fishing Nets that were erected in 1350-1450 AD, being lowered into the sea.

The architecture and cuisine of Fort Kochi showcase a 650-year-old legacy with Dutch, Portuguese and Jewish influences that thrive in beautiful harmony with the local Malabar heritage. These magnificent landmarks and monuments reflect the rich, glorious past of Kochi.

The city’s art scene is thriving at art galleries and cafés such as David Hall, where local and globally renowned artists express themselves through paintings, sculptures and installations. You can also explore other galleries, designer boutiques, shops, and art stores, around Fort Kochi.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)