On the palm fringed shores of Sanctuary Bay lies Privacy, a three bedroom retreat which lives up to its name. You can take one room or rent the place in its entirety, making it perfect for romantic or family getaways.
The hotel offers two delightful bungalows facing the lake with a panoramic view of Kumarakoom. Waterfront Bungalow features a suite with an air-conditioned living room and bedroom separated by a dining room open to the best terrace on the lake. Heritage Bungalow, an ancient wooden house with two deluxe rooms beautifully decorated with antiques and art, open air bathrooms and a central dining hall, verandahs and private terraces overlooking the lake, the lotus ponds and the swimming pool. All rooms provide WiFi and the Privacy Suite has a television.
Privacy comes with its own chef who will prepare delicious Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, based on the recipes of The Malabar House. You can dine in the privacy of your verandah overlooking the lake, on the pool deck or in the dining room.
From Privacy you can explore coconut groves and villages by bike, take boat rides through the canals or simply read and laze by the new infinity pool. The property comes with staff who will cater for your every need and a chef who will prepare meals according to your taste. With its stunning views and remote location, Privacy is the perfect place to unwind for a few days.
Privacy offers three Bedrooms. Traditionally Keralan in style with dark wood interiors. Waterfront Bungalow features a suite with an air-conditioned living room and bedroom separated by a dining room open to the best terrace on the lake. Heritage Bungalow, an ancient wooden house with two deluxe rooms beautifully decorated with antiques and art, open-air bathrooms and a central dining hall, verandahs and private terraces.
Privacy welcomes children of all ages and it is ideal for families and couples who want to escape to a
retreat and be on their own. The swimming pool and garden are very safe, however, the hotel is very close to the lake so vigilance is required. Children may be accommodated in their parent’s bedroom for
an extra charge but only one additional child per room is permitted. Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool with sun deck, dining room, internet facilities, electric propelled country boat and bicycles. Sightseeing and tours can be arranged.
Activities in the local area include visits to Alleppey to see the historic canals and sights, the nearby beach at Mararikulam, excursions on the lake, canals and waterways in the hotel's electric propelled traditional ‘snake boat’, speedboat rides around the lake and visits of Kumarakom, village walks in the surrounding rural countryside, visits to coir factories and day cruises on the hotel's Discovery houseboat.
When to travel
Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite the warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore this Indian land of mystery.
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Location and directions
Sanctuary Bay, India
Privacy at Sanctuary Bay is set on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Vembanad, in Kerala, southern India.
How to get there
13-hour flight (1 change) to Cochin International Airport. Cochin is the nearest airport to Privacy, the drive from there takes around 1.5-hour.