Purity Vembanand Lake, Alleppey India, Kerala
This intimate Indo-Italian style boutique hotel draws its inspiration from a patchwork of architectural styles (the white stucco villa is paved with red terracotta), and the interior is designed and decorated in a unique and colourful manner. The sprawling landscaped gardens provide plenty of beautiful spots for relaxing. The operators, Malabar Escapes, run several other great hotels in the region.
Purity is right on the broadest part of Lake Vembanad, accessible by boat and car. Watch the Chinese fishing boats sail by from the Lake Pavilion, take a long boat through the renowned backwaters, or visit nearby towns of Kottayam, Aranmula, and Ambalapuzha where the Sreekrishna Temple lies. On-site at the resort, you can participate in a cooking course, take a dip in the lakeside pool and spa, indulge in an Ayurvedic spa treatment, or practice yoga by the lake. Purity is also known for its extensive art and sculpture collection, which features Kerala photographer and artist Abdul Kalam’s artworks alongside other contemporary Indian artists.
There are five rooms and nine suites at Purity spread in a horseshoe shape around manicured gardens. All of them are air-conditioned and beautifully decorated with vibrant Indian colour accents. Terraces and verandas with lakeside views feature in all the rooms and suites.
Purity is way off the beaten track, which means you’ll most likely be enjoying your meals here. If you’d prefer to be closer to the action, you may find it a bit too isolated. But for those seeking relaxation, wellness, and lakeside tranquillity, Purity is a fantastic choice in Alleppey.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.