Brunton Boatyard is a heritage boutique luxury hotel from CGH hotel Group. The current structure is around 100 years of old and has many stories of past to tell. The complex originally were the temporary Palace of Dutch Governor of India in Kochi constructed in 1675.
Once the Dutch left, the structure was in ruins and was a British Govt property. The property was purchased by Brunton Brothers- a respectable British sailor brothers. A Victorian styled shipyard was constructed on the ruins in late 19th century. The building which Brunton Brothers constructed was so massive that became a local landmark, with lot of fused elements of traditional Victorian-Dutch and Kerala styles of architecture.
The property was later purchased by CGH hotel group and was massively renovated to suit to Dutch decors coupled with display of several historical artifacts related Kochi. The specialty of the Brunton Boatyard hotel is described in two- the hotel faces the sea from almost all sides; and the cool breeze from sea rejuvenates once mind, soul and body.
Brunton Boatyard is sea-facing and the old dry-docks is now converted into a Swimming Pool and sea promenade restaurants.
All of the Brunton Boatyard Hotel’s 22 rooms overlooks the sea, and so does the en-suite bathrooms. Brunton Boatyard sits at the Harbor mouth overlooking the busy ship channel and hence all rooms boast of a magnificent view of the sea and the Delta.
Few pleasures rival a long hot soak in your tub of an evening, watching the dolphins play tag with the trading ships of the globe. Small fishing boats along with larger pleasure ships vie for your attention. Watch a spectacular sunset over the palm fringed shores of Vypeen Island. Listen to the cry of cormorants over the lapping of the wavelets.
The Brunton Boatyard has 3 restaurants:-
History Restaurant – the multi-cuisine restaurant focus the delicacies more of the traditional English and Dutch cuisines. The restaurant was converted from the Brunton‘s famous Historical collections library.
Eating at Brunton Boatyard’s History Restaurant is literally a journey through history. Each dish reflects the tastes of about 30 different communities living in Kochi from the colonial past.
Cutlets speak of an Anglo Indian heritage. Fish lovers savoring the flavor of Samak Bil Harder Asful are transported to Arabia. There’s Fish Moilee with its Syrian Christian roots. The Vindaloo transports you to the time of Vasco da Gama. Finish it with a Dutch Pudding with a lingering trace of cinnamon.
At the History Restaurant, these cuisines have been given a new lease of life, recreated faithfully each evening by chefs who did their research in the best place possible – with the old families of Cochin.
The armory of Brunton Palace is now converted into a 24 hour dining and coffee shop, which displays a large collection of old arms and ammunition.
The Smokers club is a famous lounge bar, designed in old world tastes.
Armed with a bicycle and a map, you could spend a somnolent afternoon cycling the city’s markets and old quarters, seeing the Fort Cochin most tourists never see.
The compact Ayurveda center could do the magic after a walking tour through the fascinating treasures of the Fort Cochin area. A synchronized Kerala massage (done by two expert masseurs whose actions mirror each other), could be just the ticket, easing the leg muscles and wafting you straight into drinks -and-dinner mode.
At 6.30 pm sharp, the Brunton Boatyard‘s trusty craft departs from our private jetty, for a fascinating cruise around Cochin Harbour. Spectacular sunsets, glorious sea air and probably a dolphin or two, awaits you in the fascinating trip through the Colors of Kerala evening.
If you feel lazy to go out of the heritage fort, just get a boring historical novel, find a chair by the poolside or in the tea lounge, and doze away.
Why can’t you learn a secret recipe?… Join in a cooking demonstration on the terrace, where the chef takes you step-by-step through the secrets behind one of the famous dishes served in the restaurant.
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