Joanna Lester-George

Boutique Schmoutique!

KOKOindia the Travel Company | 23rd May, 2018 | https://www.facebook.com/KOKOindiaTravel/

The word ‘boutique’ is being increasingly used these days to describe any old kind of hotel, which can be pretty confusing when you're deciding how and where to spend your holiday. 'Boutique' should conjure up the image of an intimate and stylish hotel, one that is beautifully run and with love in all the details - which is exactly why I make a point of personally reviewing all of KOKOindia’s hotels on your behalf. (You’re welcome.)

From the moment you arrive at Purity in Kerala, you know immediately you’re in for the real deal. This stunning boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Vembanad has been transformed by Malabar Escapes from a simple Italianate villa into one of the finest boutique hotels in India. It is also quite probably the most stylish place to stay on the Backwaters.

Each room or suite is individually decorated with contemporary artwork and oversized monochrome photos, as well as featuring every modern amenity for an ultra-comfortable stay. The original Italian villa now houses a courtyard dining area, a Penthouse Suite and a plush lounge with deep sofas. Step through the courtyard and you will find yourself in lush tropical gardens complete with infinity pool, Ayurvedic spa and a wide expanse of glittering lake.

My suite at Purity was the epitome of how a boutique hotel room should be – spacious and stylish with a comfortable lounging area, deluxe king sized bed, a fridge to keep your wine cold, a sunken bath and a fabulous walk in rain shower. The balcony had stunning views across the lake, and the friendly staff were always on hand. There were personalised excursions to choose from, a Chef delighted to cater for individual palates, and above all a sense of feeling truly looked after in the most luxurious of surroundings.

After over a decade of running KOKOindia, I can usually spot a ‘fake boutique’ hotel a mile away, but my dedicated travels have also helped me tick a few imposters off the list. Non bona fide websites and reviews can be the ruin of a longed for trip. So the next time you start dreaming about where to spend your hard earned bucks and well deserved holiday, get in touch with KOKOindia – we’ve done all the groundwork for you.