A ‘FORT’ to un­wind

The 16-key Ayana Fort Kochi al­lows cor­po­rate groups to re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate while also pro­vid­ing the per­fect set­ting to in­spire clear thought and cre­ativ­ity

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Blend­ing his­tory with modern com­fort, Ayana Fort Kochi is a 200-year old court­house that has been re­stored and ren­o­vated to its right­ful glory. Ap­pro­pri­ately named ‘Ayana' which means a rest­ing place in San­skrit, Ayana Fort Kochi is lo­cated on Bazaar Road, the old­est in­ter­na­tional trad­ing mar­ket in In­dia. The his­tor­i­cal court room has been painstak­ingly pre­served, with each wooden plank re­stored and treated to cre­ate a grand lounge and wel­come area for our guests.

The ex­tremely large slop­ing roof is sup­ported by an in­tri­cate mech­a­nism of iron tubes that is rep­re­sen­ta­tional of the in­ge­nious ar­chi­tec­ture dur­ing the Por­tuguese oc­cu­pa­tion of Fort Kochi. The flag­ship prop­erty of Ayana Hos­pi­tal­ity, this lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel in Ker­ala of­fers yoga classes on its rooftop, a gym­na­sium as well as a rooftop pool. The art deco in­te­ri­ors are com­ple­mented by one of the largest and finest col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art.

With large pub­lic spa­ces, the prop­erty lends it­self well to show­case art and the Ayana team en­deav­ours to make the ho­tel a plat­form to build aware­ness to­wards In­dian con­tem­po­rary artists. Ayana's com­mit­ment to­wards art was con­firmed by it be­ing se­lected to host the in­au­gu­ral break­fast talk for the third edi­tion of the Kochi Muziris Bi­en­nale in 2016.

Speak­ing about the kind of events that the ho­tel is more pop­u­lar for, Akhil Behl, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Ayana Hos­pi­tal­ity, says, “Be­ing a lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel, com­pa­nies look­ing to do top man­age­ment meets with smaller group sizes would mostly opt for our ho­tel. Ayana

Fort Kochi is ideal for res­i­dent con­fer­ences, train­ing pro­grammes for top man­age­ment level em­ploy­ees or board meet­ings. How­ever, we can also do events for larger groups whereby we can get additional rooms with ho­tels nearby we have tie-ups with.”

CHOICE OF THREE VENUES

Ayana Fort Kochi has three ma­jor venues for events:

Res­tau­rant: ‘The Old Court' is a 50-cover all day din­ing. It can ac­com­mo­date a float­ing crowd of 80 to 120 pax since it makes use of an ad­join­ing room for a buf­fet if the main res­tau­rant is be­ing used for an event. The res­tau­rant area is 1,670 sqft.

Court­house: The main court­house area is big and can ac­com­mo­date 100 pax in theatre style, 35 pax in clus­ter style and 15 pax in board­room for­mat.

Rooftop Café: This is an ideal venue for evening par­ties and cock­tail din­ners as it is al fresco. With an area of 510 sqft, it can ac­com­mo­date a mov­ing crowd of 40 pax and 12 pax in board­room style. The ho­tel also of­fers spe­cial ser­vices and dis­counts for big groups. Behl shares de­tails about this and says, “Gen­er­ally, we block the en­tire prop­erty and cre­ate an ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for the group. Re­quests for spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments and cu­rated ex­pe­ri­ences around the town are ex­pertly han­dled. We un­der­stand that be­spoke ser­vices are very im­por­tant to MICE groups and we en­sure that they get their pri­vacy, seam­less Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties, leisure ac­tiv­ity choices, mul­ti­ple F&B choices and ded­i­cated concierge ser­vices with a de­pend­able team.”

Ayana places a high pri­or­ity on food and of­fers fresh lo­cal pro­duce and au­then­tic flavours. The all-day din­ing, ‘The Old Court' over­looks the court­yard gar­den and of­fers a menu based on or­ganic veg­eta­bles and fresh lo­cal catch. It also of­fers craft teas and spe­cialty cof­fee at its ‘Tea Lounge'.

Com­pa­nies look to do top man­age­ment meets with smaller group sizes at Ayana Fort Kochi

Akhil Behl

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