Style- Homely 1920s estate
Setting- Peaceful plantation hilltop
A bungalow-style boutique hotel atop a small hill in Kerala,
Malabar Escapes: Serenity is surrounded by plantations
growing rubber, fruit and spices – no wonder there’s an
aromatic tang to the air. Miles from anything but South
Indian countryside, the atmosphere is exactly as the hotel’s
name would suggest.
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Check- Out Midday, later check-out is subject to
Facilities- Ayurvedic spa, gym, badminton court, TV
room with DVD selection, elephant. All rooms have verandas
and fans; one has air-con.
Poolside- Extending into the greenery from the
communal, lounger-lined terrace, Serenity’s pool seems like
a natural waterhole – at least, that’s how the local
birdlife treats it.
Eco- friendly Serenity makes use of hydroelectric
power, recycles where possible, and cleans with organic
Also- Smoking allowed throughout. Reservations
between 20 December and 10 January cannot be modified or
Food & drink
Hotel- Serenity’s chef models his daily
menu on the seafood dishes and Mediterranean-influenced
creations at the Malabar House in Fort Cochin. Food is
tailored to each guest: you can dictate everything from its
spiciness to the spot where you eat it.
Dress code- Lazy, laid-back and loungey: sun hats,
loose linens and sarongs.
Top table You can dine wherever you like, so take advantage
of the views from your verandah or the poolside
Last orders- Meal times aren’t strictly
imposed, but as a general rule, the kitchen closes at about
Room service- Drinks and snacks can be brought to
you anywhere in the hotel and grounds until around 11pm.
Hotel bar- There’s no bar as such, but Serenity’s
abundant – and possibly telepathic – staff will fix you a
drink when and where you like.
Also worth knowing
Children Under- fives can stay free. Babysitting can
be arranged with prior notice. Extra beds cost $30 a night.