Xandari Harbour restaurant table view

This waterfront merchant property once stocked spices and lodged ship captains. Today, the pre-independence structures are renewed and we look forward to the arrival of visitors by land or sea.

Colonial history meets burgeoning art scene cafe culture meets spice merchant intrigue Xandari captures the zeitgeist of colonial Fort Kochi

THE FUTURE TENSE OF PAST PERFECT

Xandari Harbour has captured the zeitgest of colonial Fort Kochi. The location of Xandari Harbour has a life consistent with its neighborhood – colourful, vibrant.

In the heart of Fort Kochi’s spice trading district, Mattanchery, the 16-room gem box of a hotel is walkable distance from Calvathy boat jetty and midway between Vasco de Gama Square and the Dutch Palace.

Simplicity at its soul.
The name Xandari implies elegance, simplicity, tranquility. Xandari Harbour embodies these key attributes, surrounded by the spice trade, maritime merchants and local fisherman.

concept

Xandari Harbour Pool view

Xandari Harbour is about the winds of history moving forward to a modern, innovative and forward looking culture. We honor the materials of the past, forming a backdrop to clean design.

“EVERYONE
CALLS
ME VAIDYAR”

Pushpangadhan head gardener

COMMUNITY

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 kilometer stretch of warehousing and showroom spaces that for centuries prior to India’s independence were doing pretty much the same thing they do now—looking, smelling and sounding as 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.

COLLABORATION

At the inception of the initiative to create Xandari Harbour there was another new, important initiative on the horizon: the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale. www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org Immediately the decision was made that we would do what we could to support the Biennale—in their interest, in our interest, in the interest of our wider community and in the interest of visitors. During the first Biennale we were just starting construction, so there was not much we could specifically do other than awareness-raising, but by the second Biennale we were just opening. Perfect timing. For the hotel’s formal opening party, instead of celebrating completion of construction, instead of celebrating our “pretty, shiny thing” full of fabulous staff, we dedicated the event to hosting a fundraiser for the Biennale, raising a significant amount of money for its operating budget.

CONSERVATION

This location broadens our horizons. We hope it will broaden yours as well. When Xandari first opened in Costa Rica nearly two decades ago we placed a large percentage of the property into a special status that Costa Rica’s national conservation plan designates as as Forest Reserve. There the Xandari forest serves as an oasis, especially for migratory birds but also for several endemic species. Since then we had thought of our mission as primarily related to the conservation of nature. But here we are, in one of the world’s oldest cultures, in the midst of an urban zone that seems as rich an ecosystem—in terms of colours, fresh spice aroma, fishermen, merchants—as any tropical forest you have ever seen.

So, our mission has adapted to these exceptional circumstances.

accommodation

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water facing Harbour room
Harbour Suite dawn view

Of the 16 tastefully designed guestrooms, 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.


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The Spice Suite
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The Spice room

Views of the harbour and a bustling spice trade mark the 14 tastefully done guestrooms 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 guestrooms, 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 center 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.

dining

Xandari Harbour restaurant table
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Xandri Harbour restauturant 51 night

The menu at the all-day restaurant, 51, based on the coast’s position as a trade magnet throughout history is a blend - what we fondly call Malabar Soul Food - that brings together Indian and Mediterranean ingredients and food ways, slow cooked for our guests to enjoy.


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DINING

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 cuisines.

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.


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in & around

Fort Kochi beach

Fort Kochi

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. Home to colonial ruins, fishermen’s tribes, enthusiastic tour guides, cobbled walkways, the yellow and black of ‘tuks-tuks’. To cafes that offer a licence to laze, art colouring streets and crowding galleries, grounds abounding in games of barefoot football and cricket. 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. One of a past revived for the traveler of today.

Spices

Mattanchery

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 embraced by sacks of all things and people trade. 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.

Xandari Harbour pool
The infinity pool in the center 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.
Viakerala Design Shop Xandari Harbour

Viakerala Shop

From elephant paddy paper products to notebooks, toys and hand-crocheted jewelry, there’s something for everyone at our signature shop. The products are sustainable sourced, keeping in mind the women’s self-help groups and welfare centres they benfit. Design aesthetics are also thoughtfully addressed in Viakerala’s quirky line, which reflects the spirit of the land.

Chinese fishing nets Fort Kochi
EXPLORE PRETTY FORTKOCHI

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

Packed with old European buildings and pickled charm, Fort Cochin is an area familiar with travellers, and a gentle way of easing yourself into the sometimes medieval comforts of India. Strolling through the flower-bordered lanes around the parade ground – where there is almost always a game of cricket in progress – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Sussex, if it weren't for the tropical heat. Take your shoes off and enjoy some cool tranquillity among the simple white-washed walls, smooth flagstone floor and elegant woodwork of the 16th century St Francis Church.

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XANDARI HARBOUR

Unit of Muthoot Anchor House Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
V/40 Bazar Road,Mattanchery,
Kochi - 682002, Kerala, India.

T: +91 484 2223 115/6/7


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