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Raheem Residency is a small and delightful heritage hotel opposite Alleppey beach which offers Ayurvedic treatments & morning Yoga sessions with the best teacher I’ve ever had.... a fine base for exploring Kerala’s backwaters and experiencing a corner of India know for its calm and beauty....”

:: Good Health Magazine October 2013


Raheem Residency

This heritage hotel, dating back to 1868, has won numerous accolades for its astounding restoration. The ten rooms are old-world and colonial in décor…………….. This rooftop restaurant at Raheem Residency offer fabulous sea-fare……….

:: CNN Traveller August 2012


  “…. pure bliss at a Keralan heritage hotel. Lounging lizards of all kinds love this tasteful poolside retreat.”

:: Financial Times January 2012


 “....stylish interior of the Raheem Residency....”

:: Sunday Times Travel August 2011


“….something new and out of ordinary experiences for the visitors to Kerala…..”
:: India Today Travel Plus Jan-Feb 2010


“A charm-laded merchant’s mansion….”
:: Habitus  November 2010


 “Raheem Residency….harvests rainwater, supports local businesses and charities, and uses solar hot water..”

:: G Travel  November 2010


 “This fairytale 19th Century colonial house …….. all sparkling tiles, delicate arched windows and four-poster beds.  There’s also a literary slant with discounts for long-staying scribblers……...”

:: Sunday Times Travel Magazine, February 2010


 “Come evening, after a walk on the beach, the best place to be is up the wrought-iron staircase at Chakara, the hotel’s famous restaurant…..”

:: Discover India,  October 2009


 “Even as I sleep, I take in the beauty of this room….The bed is high, sheets cool and cotton, and I relish the fact--every second---that I can sleep. I sleep, thinking, how amazing it is to sleep here--especially after my war with mosquitoes and damp sheets in the tree house the night before.” 

:: The Huffington Post, 2008


“I've always had a dream of chucking in the legal career and setting up a chic hotel at the back end of beyond. And never has that been more tempting than when wrenching ourselves away from the Raheem Residency's courtyard pool and delicious lime sodas. The highlight of our trip to India, we were loath to leave it.”
:: Mr & Mrs Smith review in Daily Telegraph, April 2008


"…… Make a beeline to Raheem Residency in the port of Alleppey, South of Cochin.  This beautifully restored 19th Century house is now an elegant 10 – room Boutique Hotel ……”
:: The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2008.


"This 19th century family home on an unspoilt beach has been transformed into a hip heritage hotel with just ten rooms. We loved the rooftop restaurant overlooking the sea. The glorious beach opposite is great for sunset strolls."
:: Elle UK, November 2007


"The building was ..... restored with great sense and good taste: cool, high-ceilinged rooms, lots of carved wood, a good collection of Indian literature and a cashew-shaped swimming pool. Ayurveda massage, a herb-based healing practice, is also on offer in the background. The rooftop restaurant, Chakara, offers glittering views over the sea.........."
:: Daily Telegraph, Feb 2007


 “Raheem Residency has been painstakingly converted into a very intimate experience..... This is proper understated luxury, right at the gateway to Kerala’s wonderfully lush backwater.”

:: Sunday Times, July 2006


“Indian Bungalow in the grand style with antique furnishings and a great pool.”
:: The Guardian, November 2005


“A youngster oiled me up and made short of my head and shoulders, pounding and drumming till I felt like a mridangam at the end of the music season. But a warm bath, and I felt ten years younger and ready to take on the world.”
:: Indian Express, November 2005

“Built in 1868, the Portuguese mansion Raheem Residency is Kerala's latest boutique address, and now the perfect excuse to stop in Alleppey…. …quiet and shady with a liver-shaped pool, extensive library, great roof top restaurant overlooking the beach and only minutes from the quaint village of Alleppey, it is perfect for chill out days sampling treatments from the ancient health science of Ayurveda .”
:: Asia Spa Magazine, July/August 2005


"Raheem Residency… the best hotel in easy going place with unique atmosphere, friendly people; a clean and beautiful place with the view of Sea."
:: Correio Braziliense August   2005


“Imagine warm sand kissed by the Arabian Sea; colourful markets vending the vibrant aromas of a thousand spices…..At Alleppey Beach you will find a serene and lovely restored heritage home: a haven for the body, mind and taste buds.”
:: Food and Wine, May 2005


"If you are looking for the quaint with the classical, Raheem Residency in Alleppey is just the place."
:: India Today Plus, 2004


"The grandeur and beauty of the heritage home, Raheem Residency, has been lovingly restored to its original splendour by its new owners."
:: Inside Outside, 2004


"This 19th century colonial house is set above the beach south of Cochin. Inside, it's all gleaming tiles, arched windows and ornate four-poster beds, with six rooms in the main house and two in the old coconut storehouse in the courtyard.
:: Elle (U.K), 2004



"With a bit of history displayed on one corner and a flash of philosophy or a touch of romance tucked in another, it is an ideal destination for the independent discerning traveller or honeymoon couple who demands absolute cleanliness and personalised treatment in an aesthetically designed private space."
:: Society Interiors 2004


BBC World
Raheem Residency featured on BBC World TV’s holiday programme, Fast Track, 2004



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