Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon.
Double rooms from $274.12 (INR17,822), excluding tax at 1 per cent.
Rates usually include a Continental breakfast of fruit, bread, yoghurt, cereal and eggs cooked to order.
If the motion of the water isn’t quite relaxing enough, Ayurvedic massage therapists and yoga teachers can be picked up in port. If on board, afternoons are passed in genteel fashion, sipping local tea infusions and nibbling home-made cakes.
At the hotel
Rooftop sun deck and indoor sitting room. In rooms: private veranda, iPod dock, air-conditioning and a safe. Be ready to switch off: the boat is a WiFi-free zone.
Our favourite rooms
In Malayam, suite names Sukhima and Lalima mean ‘happiness’ and ‘beauty’ respectively, but both spaces are equally appealing. Each showcases the lively local style: splashes of neon brights, a painting in the style of the temple murals and hand-embroidered rugs – teak and cane furnishings add a colonial air. The furnished private veranda ensures restful views and romantic seclusion.
Bring binoculars, some light reading and a wide-brimmed sun hat for glamorous alfresco dining on the deck.
Light sleepers needn’t worry, the engine is whisper quiet as it purrs along.
Over-13s only. Teens will enjoy the novelty of staying on a boat, but on-board entertainment is fairly low key. An extra bed can be added to each of the rooms (INR4,700 a person, each night, from 16 April–15 October; INR7,900 from 16 October–15 April).
Yes. Plastics are banned on the boat, and drinking water is purified using a reverse-osmosis system, so no waste water is emptied into the lagoons.