One of the cosiest corners in the hotel (Huawei P20 Pro)

Five reasons why you must check into Kochi’s newest luxury waterfront address on your next trip to Kerala  

Not a bad view to wake up to (iPhone X)

After Mumbai and Goa, the Grand Hyatt brand casts anchor in Kochi. It’s part of the shiny new Lulu International Convention Center – among India’s largest luxury convention centres. It’s also the perfect island oasis to explore Kochi. Many travellers use the Kochi airport as a transit point to their final destination in Kerala but Kochi has more on offer than you probably know. We give you five reasons why the Grand Hyatt Kochi deserves your attention:

Multiple shades of blue (Huawei P20 Pro)

Stunning views: the hotel’s location on Bolgatty Island gives you sweeping  backwater views from multiple vantage points within the hotel. It all begins almost as soon as you set foot in the hotel. The lobby and the all-day diner – Malabar Cafe, offer great photo opps and the views get better in your rooms and the roof top F&B outlets.

Malabar Cafe, All-day diner with a view (Huawei P20 Pro)

Kochi’s finest collection of culinary diversions: a Thai restaurant with a focus on street food, an all-day dinner where local Kerala cuisine shines and a re-imagined old-world grill. Kochi’s Grand Hyatt gives you at least three good reasons to dine at the hotel. Do try the chicken wrapped in pandanus leaves at Thai Soul and the sinful yet clever cheesecake embedded with gulab jamun chunks at Malabar Cafe. The Colony Clubhouse and grill offers sweeping 360-degree views with a menu where local produce shines.

Cheesecake with gulab jamun chunks (iPhone X)

Ideal location: the Kochi airport is about 45-minutes away – you can bypass the frenetic city traffic, while MG Road the city’s shopping hub is just 20 minutes away. The city is less than an hour away from Fort Kochi and Mattancherry where you can explore Kochi’s rich history.

Kochi’s iconic Chinese fishing nets on a cloudy evening (Huawei P20 Pro)

Discover Kochi’s evolving dining scene and chill out at Fort Kochi’s eclectic cafes: it’s not just restaurants at the Grand Hyatt that are changing the way locals and visitors to Kochi eat. Kochi is seeing a fascinating mix of traditional cuisine and new-age dining coming together. The hotel’s super efficient Concierge has a bunch of enthusiastic folks like Neil Thomas who can give you a long list of places to check out. There’s Kayees Rahmatulla Cafe at Mattancherry where the biryani has probably tasted the same for decades. Do make time to visit Fort Kochi’s eclectic cafes – many of which are housed in historic colonial era buildings. If I had to pick, I’d suggest Kashi Art Cafe, Loafers Corner and Pepper House. There’s also French Toast at Panampilly Nagar, a cafe that’s fast becoming Kochi’s hipster magnet. Try the strawberry mascarpone pastry with fresh coconut here.

Vallarpadam basilica on a cloudy evening (Huawei P20 Pro)

Unravel Kochi one experience at a time: Grand Hyatt Kochi has a whole bunch of painstakingly curated local experiences that allow you to unravel Kochi. Get lost in Kochi’s historic streets steeped in colonial history or explore the city’s strong Jewish links in Mattancherry. The Vallarpadam Basilica near the hotel is one of the most significant Catholic shrines in India. If you’re a seafood lover, you will dig the fishing-themed tour that takes you through the busy Vypin harbour. You can also check out Kochi’s legendary Chinese fishing nets.

Vypin fish market (Huawei P20 Pro)

October to February might be Kerala’s busy tourist season but Kochi is truly beautiful during the monsoon months (June-August). You can score rooms from Rs 9,000 onwards on the Hyatt site or booking engines.

The lobby at night (Huawei P20 Pro)

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