ICS ventured into the hospitality sector in 2012 under the brand name AYANA to address the untapped opportunity in the boutique luxury hospitality segment in the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia.
Ayana Hospitality is committed to establishing a successful model for nature and heritage tourism by providing a unique luxury experience to its guests while promoting environmental awareness and conservation of natural and architectural resources.
Founded in 2012, Ayana Hospitality is a joint venture between ICS Group and Mantis Group, South Africa. Mantis is Africa’s leading boutique hotel chain, known for its superlative quality and award-winning five star properties that are divided into three distinct groups - Boutique Hotels, Game Reserves and Eco Lodges. Mantis currently owns and operates over 75 properties globally, each known for customised luxury and excellence. These include safari camps and private game reserves in Africa, eco lodges in South America, city and country hotels in London and New York, a temporary camp in Antarctica and numerous nature retreats around the world.
Mantis is synonymous with quality, excellence and distinction - a brand that will go beyond every expectation. It has won many accolades and honours, including South Africa’s Leading Luxury Beach Hotel, World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand, Leading Conservation Company and Leading Safari and Game Reserve.
Ayana Fort Kochi is our flagship property in Fort Kochi, Kerala.
Ayana Fort Kochi is a 16-room boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Fort Kochi. The 200-year-old heritage structure was originally a courthouse, witness to many legal proceedings over the last two centuries. After its early days as a court of law, the historical structure took on a new avatar as the first banking office of ANZ Grindlays, and then as a base for spice and tea traders. The Ayana group inherited this structure only recently, post which its restoration and renovation into a boutique hotel began. Today it’s a modern sanctuary for the discerning guest.
Ayana also runs two other properties under the brand name ASTEYA in wildlife destinations Nagzira, Maharashtra and Kanha, Madhya Pradesh.
Asteya Kanha is a 16-room lodge located on the edge of Kanha National Park. It provides an ideal setting for guests’ to experience central Indian wildlife and hospitality. Spread over 45 acres, the property houses an elevated machan for wildlife viewing, large grasslands, and a beautiful lake with a suspended deck, an ideal location to spend evenings as one can simply relax while trying to capture the perfect shades of the setting sun. It is a great weekend destination for the nearby cities of Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Nagpur and Jabalpur.
Nestled within hills on the periphery of Nagzira Tiger Reserve, Asteya Nagzira offers guests’ an immersive wildlife experience with 10 well-appointed independent wooden cottages built on stilts. At the heart of the property is a lake that is circled by elevated walk-ways allowing our guests panoramic views of the hills beyond. The lodge is an ideal setting to experience the diverse flora and fauna of central India.