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Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

A colonial-style boutique hotel, Brunton Boatyard is built on the site of a Victorian shipyard at the mouth of Fort Cochin harbour, with uninterrupted views out over the water. This historic hotel reflects Cochin’s past with British, Portuguese and Dutch architectural influences, and is within easy walking distance of many of the sites of the old city.

The hotel has a fabulous pool, right on the water’s edge, and with 3 restaurants, food lovers will be delighted by the dining choices. We’d highly recommend opting for a sea-view room, beautifully furnished with teak furniture, a four-poster bed and a balcony overlooking the water

Facilities & Activities

There is no better place to be at Brunton Boatyard than by the pool. Not only is it a great place to cool off after a day’s sightseeing, but also to watch the boats going in and out of the harbour.  The hotel also has a Ayurveda wellness centre, offering a range of healing herbal massages and therapies, yoga sessions, and a fitness centre.

The hotel offers cooking demonstrations, market tours, visits to the Chinese Fishing Nets, and every evening the Brunton Boatyard’s boat departs on a sunset cruise around Cochin Harbour. For those who like to explore on two wheels, electric bikes can be hired.

 

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Dining

With three restaurants at Brunton Boatyard, and some of the best food to be found in Cochin, guests are spoilt for choice. The al fresco Terrace Grill, a dinner only seafood speciality restaurant, serves the fresh catch of the day, and is truly special lit up at night and overlooking the water. The Armoury Restaurant, serves a selection of international dishes and light snacks, and The History fine dining Restaurant, has 32 cuisines from all the communities who have made Fort Cochin their home. One of the restaurant’s speciality dishes is the ‘Railway Mutton Curry’ a unique recipe invented by the Anglo Indian community of Fort Kochi, and a favourite of Rick Stein.

Rooms

The majority of rooms at Brunton Boatyard overlook the water, there are a few that look over the town, and we’d highly recommend a sea facing room, or sea facing deluxe suite, where you can sit out on your balcony and watch life on the water go by. Beautifully furnished with dark teak furniture and nautical blues, large four-poster beds and a bath you can even enjoy the view from.

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Family

The location of Brunton Boatyard makes it easy to explore Fort Cochin by foot, or by bike, perfect if you are travelling with children. And with a large garden, and a fantastic swimming pool, there is plenty of space for those with itchy feet to run around and keep entertained when back at the hotel. The Armoury Restaurant in particular is ideal for those seeking a change from a curry, serving a selection of international dishes.

The deluxe suites also come with extensive additional living space where an extra bed can be placed.

Sustainability

Run by CGH Hotels who create all their properties with sustainability at the forefront, Brunton Boatyard is extremely eco-friendly.  The hotel harvests rain water, which comes pouring down in monsoon season, for washing, cooking and drinking, also reducing plastic use, and has solar panels which heat the water.

Location

Situated in Fort Cochin, there aren’t many better spots to be based for exploring the old town. Just over an hour’s drive from Cochin Airport, Brunton Boatyard is the perfect place to spend a couple of nights relaxing and gently exploring after your flight, before heading further south into the hills or to the backwaters.

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