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Xandari captures the zeitgeist of colonial Fort Kochi
Before our property developed into what it is now, and before its most recent condition prior to our arrival, the location of Xandari Harbour had a life consistent with its neighborhood – colourful, vibrant.
This waterfront merchant property once stocked spices and lodged ship captains. In the heart of Fort Kochi’s spice trading district, Mattanchery, the 16-room gem box of a hotel is within walking distance of Calvathy boat jetty and midway between Vasco de Gama Square and the Dutch Palace.
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The name Xandari implies elegance, simplicity, and tranquillity. Xandari Harbour embodies these key attributes, surrounded by the spice trade, maritime merchants and local fisherman. Xandari Harbour is about the winds of history moving forward to a modern, innovative and forward looking culture. We honour the materials of the past, forming a backdrop to clean design.
Mattanchery, where Xandari Harbour is located, is historically important for merchants and traders of spices. Bazar Road, just outside our front door, has a two kilometre stretch of warehousing and showroom space that for centuries have been doing pretty much the same thing they do now.
The tastes created by the spices, which have a millennia-long importance for Kerala, are the main show on Bazar Road, which straddles the harbour. That is where merchant ships have been coming for what amounts to forever. That is our community. Itinerant. Colourful. Vibrant in multiple ways.
Of the 16 tastefully designed guest rooms, five are on the waterfront, four have private gardens and the rest have large picture windows that frame panoramas of blue waters and the vibrant colours of the bustling spice trade. Designed with relaxation in mind, all rooms and suites are television-free zones.
Views of the harbour and a bustling spice trade mark the 14 tastefully done guest rooms and 2 suites. From the spectacular Harbour Suite – with water views on three sides - watch colourful fishing boats head out to sea.
Of the 14 guest rooms, four are on the waterfront, four have private gardens and the rest have large picture windows that frame panoramas of blue and the vibrant colours of trade.
The infinity pool in the centre of the property, which seems to float on the edge of Kochi harbour, offers the perfect place to refresh after a day on the town.
- From the spectacular Harbour Suite - with water views on three sides - watch colourful fishing boats head out to sea.
- Spacious balconies with waterfront views define the Harbour Rooms.
- With two balconies, the Spice Suite invites guests to enjoy both the vibrant energy of the Bazar Road as well as dining with waterfront views.
- Ground floor Spice rooms enjoy a private garden with direct access to the pool. 1st floor Spice Rooms have large picture windows that frame charismatic panoramas of waters and sky.
For thousands of years, starting with Egyptians, ships have docked here in search of spices. With the spice and the silk routes intermingling, Eastern Mediterranean influences entered local cuisine.
Malabar Soul Food - embodies the spices of the land blended with the memories of distant homelands, taking people back to the time when people who loved them cooked for them in a way that was meaningful and satisfying. Food is about sense memories: it embodies our personal and social history, giving us a sense of place, of home.
A quaint harbour town privy to spectacular sunsets and stories of wayfarers. Many a conqueror’s fancy; discovered by the Portuguese, taken over by the Dutch, and ruled by the British hand, Fort Kichi is home to colonial ruins, fishermen’s tribes, enthusiastic tour guides, and cobbled walkways.
Cafes offer a licence to laze. A quarter simple in its spirit, rich in its heritage, where every bolted door, half-opened window and the people living behind these tell a tale. It is the past revived for the traveller of today.
Gateway to the oldest Jewish community and the last vestiges of colonialism, Mattanchery is anchored in history. The hub of a spice trade that rewrote world maps and sea routes. A backwater bastion of warehouses and narrow lanes overflowing with sacks of all things. Place akin to a palette - paling greens of four-part doors, loud yellows of renovated godowns, the uniform blue of shops selling tea and spices.
Where there’s beauty in chaos. Amid impatient trucks, goats that have right of way, faithful heading to churches, temples, mosques, and the synagogue - all in the same neighbourhood. A lesson in harmony, a page out of history, an artist’s muse this town be.