Eighth Bastion, like all CGH Earth hotels, is a great spot to stay in Kochi, especially with the generous low season price ($125AUS including the fabulous breakfast).
Near the Dutch cemetery and Thakur House, it once was a Dutch mansion itself.
It’s close to the beach for great people watching and wandering.
It has just 19 rooms with some (quieter) rooms overlooking the pool and other (noisier) rooms overlooking local life and out to the sea. Room 305 was great, a little noisier as it was on the corner, but great views, space and privacy. It was lovely sitting on the balcony watching the rain with a tea, or listening to the rain overnight on the roof. So relaxing!
There’s gorgeous common areas, a lovely infinity pool and complementary bikes and umbrellas to use.
Staff are wonderful, relaxed, warm and genuinely thoughtful.
The breakfast team Binesh, Ajeesh, Mathai and Sayanth.
Interestingly Mathai told us about the pasta he makes using a mix of flours made from jackfruit and wheat that gives a result lower in glycaemic index and higher in fibre. Very clever!
They are joined in the kitchen of East Indies restaurant by chef Shinto.
Breakfast is generous and delicious including house made pineapple jam and muesli, full English breakfast, pancakes and Indian breakfasts like idli and sandbar, aval (rolled rice with jaggery and spices), dosa, oothappam with sambar and coconut and tomato chutneys and a great black chenna with Kerala red rice puttu.
There’s even the Bruder Bread, unique to Kochi that dates back to the Dutch influence. Made locally from a family secret it uses caramelised sugar, eggs, vanilla, spices and raisins.
While weekdays in low season are just the la carte menu for breakfast without the buffet, there’s no missing out.
Book directly through the website. Roshini at Reservations is fantastic, so very helpful. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
She can also organize a very comfortable and welcome pick up from the airport at a competitive price which I recommend.
A top spot for a boutique stay in Kochi!
Can’t wait to try Bruton’s Boatyard next month!