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Personal Recommendation of 5 Best Hotels in Kerala, India

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Last updated Aug 13, 2018 @ 10:51 pm [clear h=10]

When you think of Kerala, India, you’d probably expect basic, dirty hotels with an occasional hostel thrown in where various creatures crawl, like in a biology lab. Guess what – it can’t be further from truth!

I stayed in more than 10 hotels during my trip to Kerala and some were nicer than others but they were all fine and I fortunately didn’t get to meet any local cockroaches or other uninvited visitors.

Here I’ll show you the top hotels in Kerala that I fully recommend! I myself would like to stay at these again one day.

Let’s start with my favorite and in my opinion the best hotel in Kerala:

BrUnton Boatyard Kerala

The Brunton Boatyard, Calvetty Road, Near Aspine Wall , Calvetty, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
www.cghearth.com/brunton-boatyard
Closest airport: Kochi (Cochin)

This hotel in Kerala deserves the first spot on the list. This luxury boutique hotel, conveniently positioned near Fort Cochin, was a real paradise on Earth. The rooms were beautifully decorated in marine style and the high beds conveyed a clear meaning of luxury. Oh, how comfortable my bed was!

The style and decoration of Brunton Boatyard are inspired by the colonial past of Cochin. Expect to see paintings of Vasco de Gama and other explorers and memorabilia from that era.

Even though I’m not too much into hotel pools, I fell for the pool at Brunton Boatyard. The water temperature was very pleasing, and I had a great view of the Arabian Sea from there. It’s especially awesome at dusk, unfortunately not just for humans, but mosquitoes too.

Brunton Boatyard includes quite a few activities for their hotel guests – you can even take a 1-hour sunset cruise. Yoga and mediation classes are a must.

This was one of a very few hotels in Kerala where one chooses a breakfast from the menu, rather than just being overwhelmed by buffet choices. I had fried eggs and they were incredible! The French toast didn’t impress me that much, but it was edible.

Brunton Boatyard is a bit pricy but once you see it with your own eyes, you’ll know that it’s worth it! It needs to be noted that the hotel belongs to CGH Earth Experience chain of hotels, which take pride in providing immersive and environment-friendly accommodation.

Brunton Boatyard inarguably belongs to one of the best boutique hotels in Kerala and beyond.

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Best Hotels Kerala edition: Brunton Boatyard in Kochi
Brunton Boatyard hotel looks like a beautiful colonial mansion.. just look at the courtyard!
High beds in the Brunton Boatyard hotel, Kerala, India
The bed at Brunton Boatyard was unusually high and I loved that!
Brunton Boatyard hotel pool, Kerala, India
One of the best pools I’ve ever been in in a hotel!
Bathroom of Brunton Boatyard hotel room, Kerala, India
Don’t you like the simple yet pretty bathroom? Every detail matters :)

Welcomhotel Raviz

Welcomhotel Raviz Ashtamudi Resort & Ayurveda Spa, Thevally, Mathilil PO, Kollam 691601, Kerala, India
www.itchotels.in/welcomhotelkollam
Closest airport: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Although a little tucked away, the Raviz Kerala is one of the rare hotels worth travelling to. Just wait until you enter the stunning lobby and you’ll be convinced right away.

The rooms are beautiful and feature even a work desk, which is very useful if you’re a blogger or a freelancer on the road. To relax after some nailing a few work tasks, you can relax in a hydro-massage bathtub!

The lake by Raviz hotel is incredibly beautiful and you can go for a boat trip or even try your hand at canoeing. Sunsets above the lake are breathtaking and so are sunrises if you can manage to get up from their super comfy bed at such an early hour. :)

You might not be thrilled to swim in the lake and that is perfectly fine, as Raviz has an awesome pool.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience the Ayurveda at Raviz, but the spa rooms looked impressive. Especially the one for couple massages, with scattered rose petals, overlooking the lake. I guess honeymoons here must be pretty special!

Canoeing by the Raviz hotel, Kerala, India
Plenty of fun activities on the lake – canoeing time!
Best Kerala Hotels Edition: Sunset at Raviz hotel, Kerala, India
Watching the sunset above the lake from Raviz hotel made me speechless..
Veronika TravelGeekery in the room of Raviz hotel, Kerala, India
I got a bit carried away by wearing sari and forgot to take normal photos of the hotel room, hope you don’t mind :)

Zuri Kumarakom

The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa, V 235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala, 686 563 India
www.thezurihotels.com
Closest airport: Cochin

Zuri apparently means ‘far beyond expectations’ in Swahili (this hotel had their first resort in Africa) and I must say I was pretty impressed. You’ve probably already got the feeling that this blog is not about the ultimate in luxury travelling, so I don’t often stay in places like the Zuri Hotel Kerala.

The hotel’s layout is quite unique – which consisted of little ‘cabins’ positioned around a big manmade lake in the middle. It must take more than 30 minutes to walk the whole perimeter! Not only the size makes it one of the top luxury resorts in Kerala.

If you have a room far from the reception area or the restaurant, all is not lost, because you can take advantage of electric golf carts. On your way from the entrance, you’ll just hop on one that’s always ready by the reception. For the opposite direction, you just go ahead and call one from your room.

The rooms were impressive. Mine, belonging to the category ‘Zuri Cottage’, featured a cute outdoor rain shower, which was completely private. Some of my Kerala Blog Express friends had presidential villas with private pools and jacuzzi! Those were insane in my opinion… utmost luxury!

Zuri’s big spa is true relaxation for the body. I had my first ayurvedic massage in Zuri and it was so special that I might write a post about it ;)

The dining options in Lime Tree Restaurant were akin to a top-notch restaurant and had a very creative touch. Combine it with extremely nice waiters and you really do feel like a princess/prince. Just don’t walk in there in your pajamas – they wouldn’t appreciate that.

Early morning yoga sessions, on a little ‘island’ on the lake, are a great way to stretch the body and get it ready for exploring the surroundings. Apparently, you can even do paddle boating, rafting or fishing on the lake, but I didn’t have time to try all that.

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Yoga on an island in Zuri hotel, Kerala, India
Yoga enthusiasts can have their morning session on this cute little island!
Zuri hotel room, Kerala, India
My beautiful room in the Zuri hotel
Zuri hotel rooms exterior in Kerala, India
Rooms are in huts in Zuri, some standalone, some semi-detached like mine
Electric golf carts in Zuri hotel, Kerala, India
If you get tired from walking, you can just hop on the electric golf cart

Spice Village

CGH Earth Spice Village, Kumily Road, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala 685536, India
www.cghearth.com/spice-village
Nearest airport: Madurai

Proudly belonging to the CGH Earth Experience group of hotels, this hotel really does look like a beautiful tribal village! I was stunned at how sustainability permeates everything in Spice Village – from pool filtration, organic garden, dry grass roofs of the standalone rooms, to solar-generated electricity. Oh, and they even wrap little “goodies” in your hotel room in homemade paper! You can go have a look at how paper is made and try it yourself. It makes for great scrapbook material, if you’re into that sort of thing ;)

Spice Village is a wide compound full of little houses that are supposed to be modeled after the local tribal way of living. The rooms are simple, yet lack nothing, and are a great choice for anyone who doesn’t need outright luxury.

We had a chance to enjoy some local performances, as they often organize music for dinners and there are dancing performances too. They were really good, no fake hotel fluff. :)

The whole village feel of Spice Village is amplified by guinea fowls wandering around. They are fun and might get a little noisy at times, but luckily just in the morning!

If you’re looking for a sustainable Kerala accommodation, you can’t go wrong with the eco-luxury that the Spice Village offers. You’ll get to experience one of the best hotels in Kerala, yet your luxury stay will be as nature-friendly as possible.

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Looks of Spice Village hotel in Thekkady, Kerala, India
Even a simple gate has a unique look and is built sustainable. Love the eco feel!
Paper making at Spice Village hotel, Kerala, India
Paper-making time!
Huts in Spice Village hotel, Kerala, India
Each room in Spice village is in a hut with dry grass roof. Impressive!
Guinea fowls on the compounds of Spice Village, Kerala, India
You really feel like on a high-end farm with guinea fowls running around :)
Ecological pool filtration in Spice Village hotel, Kerala, India
This pool, ladies and gentlemen, has no chemicals in it and is super clean!

Vythiri Village

Vythiri Village – a luxury Ayurveda spa resort, NH – 212, Vythiri.P.O., Wayanad – 673576, Kerala, India
www.vythirivillage.com
Closest airport: Calicut

Vythiri Village was partially under reconstruction when I spent 3 nights there. However, the whole site was still very charming. It helped that there were cheeky monkeys around!

The rooms were nice and spacious. I struggled with the internet a little, but that could always be solved by hanging out in the reception area.

In fact, I had one of my best Ayurveda massages in Vythiri Village and still can’t stop thinking about the experience!

I really wanted to try the zip line they have there, unfortunately on the day when I hoped to, there was a state-wide strike and the zip line workers couldn’t make it to work. Everything else was flawless, though.

The whole Village is very green and is full of diverse trees. You can just walk around and check the nametags, if you’re interested in botany. One thing that was very unique about the compound is that there’s a manmade waterfall there! An impressive chain bridge leads to it. And if you’d like to have a lunch on a houseboat, there’s a new one on a small artificial lake (even though it’s far from a real houseboat)

Once their big swimming pool is fully operational again, you won’t even need to get out of the Village to have an awesome vacation :) This hotel belongs to the best resorts in Vythiri and you can’t go wrong with booking a few nights there.

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Monkeys in the Vythiri Village hotel resort, Kerala, India
Monkeys make a resort much more fun.. in my opinion.
Vythiri Village hotel resort and their waterfalls, Kerala, India
Waterfalls in a hotel resort.. they look very natural!
Wooden bridge in Vythiri Village hotel resort, Kerala, India
This impressive bridge leads to the waterfalls.. all on compounds of Vythiri Village
Houseboat in the Vythiri Village hotel resort, Kerala, India
Houseboat in the Vythiri Village – great for lunches or afternoon sessions!
Ayurveda massage room in Vytiri Village, Kerala, India
The Ayurveda room.. simple but functional

[clear h=10]So there you go, plenty of inspiration for staying at some really nice accommodations in Kerala, India. I’m sure there are loads of backpacking options too, especially at Varkala area. I haven’t actually been in Varkala myself, and as a result of being on the Kerala Blog Express trip, I stayed mostly in rather nice Kerala hotels.

If you have to watch your expenses closely, check out this overview of the best hotels deals in Kerala.

Kerala is an incredible state in India and it does deserve attention from us travellers! If you’re still not convinced, read my reasons why I totally fell for Kerala.

Have you been to Kerala yet? If not, is this the first time you’ve heard about it? Did you fall in love with one of the hotels?

If you know of somebody who’d find this post useful, please share!

Are you into pinning? Here’s are a few pins of Kerala hotels for you! 

Brunton Boatyard was my absolute favorite luxury hotel in Kerala. See other 4 hotels I totally loved and stayed at while exploring Kerala. #kerala #india #kochi #cochin #hotel   The best hotels I stayed at in Kerala, India. Raviz Kollam is one of them. Check out what other amazing hotels there are in Kerala! #kerala #india #hotel #accommodation   5 Best hotels in Kerala, India - based on my personal experience. The hotels I enjoyed staying at most are the Brunton Boatyard in Kochi, Raviz Hotel in Kollam, the Spice Village in Thekkady, Zuri Hotel in Kumarakom and Vythiri Village. See why I liked these particular Kerala hotels so much! #kerala #india #hotels #accommodation   [clear h=10]

Disclosure: TravelGeekery’s Veronika participated in a sponsored trip to Kerala organized by Kerala Tourism. All opinions presented are Veronika’s own.

13 thoughts on “Personal Recommendation of 5 Best Hotels in Kerala, India”

  1. A Well written blog VERONIKA. I am planning to visit Ashtamudi Lake by next month. Inspired by your blog, I am planning to stay at The Raviz hotel, Ashtamudi.

  2. Hello Guys..
    Nice blog.. Good job.. Interesting post. Thank you so much for the information. It’s a great post…I love travelling and want to travel all over the world. Explore new places, adventurous things and many more. And photographs are just amazing. Keep writing !!!

  3. Hey, next time you are there do visit Ayana Fort Kochi. It is a great luxury boutique hotel with great curated experiences to try out!

  4. CGH Earth hotel group has a dozen or more truly excellent hotels, each of which offers unique accommodation. Three hotels you recommend in the above list are CGH Earth hotels, which is not mentioned. My wife and I stayed at Brunton Boatyard and Spice Village (both CGH Earth), both of which we enjoyed being at and recommend very highly. We stayed at other CGH Earth hotels, as well.

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