Need To Know
Midday, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $73.23 (€66), excluding tax at 19.92 per cent.
Rates include Continental or South Indian breakfast.
Smoking allowed throughout.
At the hotel
Ayurvedic spa treatments from Malabar House. In rooms: Air-con, TVs, DVD players, home-made toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The pricier Red Suite elicits the biggest gasps thanks to its extra mezzanine bed and sprawling yard-cum-shower. Its walls are lined with lithographs by ‘India’s Picasso’ MF Husain. Each room has a wall painted in the bold primary colour of the room’s name, as well as an open-air bathroom (complete with wooden Japanese sandals to make the hard stones of the floor easier on the sole). The Yellow Room has a platform bed and hardwood floors – Red and Blue are tiled in terracotta.
There’s a plunge pool big enough for a cooling splash about, and guests can use the pool at Malabar House too.
Something to keep the mosquitoes at bay; whether that’s insect repellent or chain mail is up to you.
You can borrow mountain bikes for exploring Fort Cochin and its surroundings, and the hotel has a six-seat speedboat that can zip you around the lake.
Under-5s stay free, and extra beds are available for older children (€30 a night). Babysitting can be arranged, with notice.
Trinity makes use of hydroelectric power, recycles where possible, and cleans with organic detergents.