Tea Bungalow Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

The guiding force behind Tea Bungalow is Mr.Vivek Dempo founder of Dempo Resorts. The Dempo Family is one of the oldest families of Goa, who controlled the coconut trade from the 16th to the 19th Century. They also owned large cargo sailing ships which sailed from Goa to the African Ports of Portuguese colonies like Mozambique and Angola in the Indian Ocean.  

Tea Bungalow occupies pride of place in the heart of the exclusive heritage area of Fort Cochin. Cochin (Kochi) is made up of three districts: Ernakulam, Wellington Island and Fort Cochin. The bungalow was built in 1912 and run as a workshop and office of a UK Company called United Carpets engaged in the manufacture and export of coir and spices. Brooke Bond the tea company bought the bungalow in 1956 and christened it Brooke Bond Bungalow which housed the top management of Brooke Bond & Company. Dignitaries used this bungalow for important meetings. Its history of spice and tea brought about its new avatar - Tea Bungalow. 

The resort is managed by Marg Hotels and Resorts, headed by Mr Vijay Cherian who has 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Marg hotels is already managing 7 other hotels in Kerala.  

Facilities at Tea Bungalow Fort Cochin, Kerala, India 

The Garden is the perfect foil for Tea Bungalow, enhancing its calm serenity. One can lounge on the garden chairs under a lawn umbrella or in the dappled shade of the jackfruit, breadfruit and cinnamon trees, and enjoy the exotic shapes of the bonsai plants. At night the cleverly lit garden is transformed into the stuff of dreams. 

The aquamarine swimming pool is lined with leather polished granite and Italian Bisazza tile. Sun loungers are arranged around the pool-deck. Each one provided with a fresh, soft, snowy white towel. 

The Travancore Lounge is an exclusive retreat for residents only with a well stocked library. There is a wide wall mounted plasma screen for those who are curious about what the world has been up to while they were away. 

  • 10 Luxury Heritage rooms with centralized air conditioning
  • Travancore Lounge - a coffee lounge with home theatre and library
  • Café Du Mahe - a multi cuisine restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Pool side Barbeque Lounge
  • Satellite Television
  • 24 hours in-room dining
  • Travel Desk
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in all rooms
  • Bathroom amenities such as grooming kits and luxurious bathrobes and slippers
  • Doctor on Call
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service
  • An In-Room Electronic safe
  • 24 hours on-site security
  • Complimentary breakfast and fruit basket for all rooms
  • The entire hotel is Wi-Fi enabled 
Dining at Tea Bungalow Fort Cochin, Kerala, India 

Café du Mahé is named after the 18th century hero Governor of Mauritius Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. This is a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves Indian, Kerala and Continental cuisine. Café du Mahé is an elegant dining area with tables that seat four or six. The tableware is exquisite. Beautifully designed, this restaurant which seats 50, opens onto the garden. Some tables are also set up al fresco near the pool. This special ambience when added to the excellent cuisine and superb service makes every meal at Café du Mahé, a supremely pleasurable experience. 

Accommodation at Tea Bungalow Fort Cochin, Kerala, India  

Spacious elegant comfortable rooms

Tea Bungalow has 10 large en-suite rooms each named after a port involved in spice and tea trading from lands around the Indian Ocean. The rooms are named Cochin, Zanzibar, Galle, Mombasa, Muscat, Malacca, Mauritius, Cambay, Goa and Calicut. Each room has deft design touches of each ethnic port. 

Spotlessly clean, the bedrooms are elegantly designed to exude, warmth and comfort and an ineffable sense of quiet luxury. Each bedroom has large comfortable beds that guarantee you sleep like a baby. A happy baby, one might add... 

Tea Bungalow is an art connoisseur's delight. Take a look at the doors of the Cochin suite. The ornate carving is the perfect foil for the simple elegance of the room. There are exquisite paintings on the walls and suddenly the delighted guest comes across an absolute gem like the miniature ancient sailing ship with three furled sails, not riding the waves but perched on a stool pointing at the admiral on the wall. It looks like the Captain is just waiting for his order to hoist the main sail and set off on a new adventure. 

The beautifully designed bathrooms have hot and cold showers and world-class fixtures. Specially handcrafted sandalwood soap provided, is made exclusively for Dempo Resorts. 

There are wide verandahs with broad comfortable armchairs and teapoys, to do that most pleasurable of all activities - nothing. They allow you to just let the Tea Bungalow Experience flow over you, gently, softly until it is time to face the real world again.

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