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Privacy  Price Band:   £101-200 per room / villa per night
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Sister to the famed Malabar House in Cochin, Privacy is the ultimate stylish ‘backwater’ retreat and one of or personal favourites. Lying on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Vembanad, just 1 ½ hours south of Cochin, these are heavenly little villas. The original has become a suite, with a dining room, sitting room, long verandah, lush green garden and the most fabulous lake and sunset views.

Approched via a traditional village, anthropologists can dine out on the local atmosphere.  Quite secluded , however, the estate comprises 2 villas and the housekeepers house each enjoying its own "privacy" and seperated by traditional kerala bridges and fish ponds.

Each of the villas has the shared use of the new swimming pool which looks onto the lake so be prepared for nature taking a brief dip with you. Traditional ratten easy chairs and sunbeds are scattered on every terrace  for the true sunworshipper. The signature Malabar antiques and brightly coloured hues are evident throughout the villas and the sun can either join you or be shut out via the wonderful traditional wooden shutters.

The recently restored heritage bungalow has two bedrooms around a main hall. Like Malabar House both are tastefully and comfortably decked out with art works, colourful fabrics and period furniture.

Fully staffed, this is the ideal place to come on your own, as a family, or with friends, where all your needs are catered for. Read, write, explore the surrounding coconut groves and small villages by bicycle and take gentle boat rides on the lake and in the maze of inland canals. Or simply sit on the veranda, watching life on the lake unfolding silently before you. If you are looking to get away from the masses and completely switch off for a few days, this is a genuine escape.

The Vemberand dam is close by which adjoins the Ocean with the fresh water lakes, so seafood and river fish are both features on the menu.

Privacy is also home to Discovery the modern house boat, when it is moored. Take a trip around the lake , or even better stay over night. See our review of Discovery.

Highs Lows
  • Its picturesque lakeside location, the views, the peace and quiet 
     
  • Easy distance from Kumarakoms restaurants if you fancy a change of scenery
     
  • The glorious new lakeside pool 
     
  • Delicious European and Indian food, cooked to order
  • Although the staff are charming and attentive, there is no resident ‘host’ and English language can be struggle for some. 
     
  • There can be mosquitos at night, due to it’s lakeside location. Do request coils and a net on arrival if they have forgotten.
     
  • No A/C but most find the fans are sufficient.
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