With its unique mix of cultural influences and stunning shorelines, Pondicherry is a charming Indian city. Affectionately known as ‘Pondy’, the regional capital was under French rule up until 1954. This has left Pondicherry with its own individual character, with the east side boasting French aesthetics with colonial styled houses and picturesque stone cobbled streets. The newer areas of Pondicherry are hectic, vibrant and typically South Indian, giving visitors a wonderful juxtaposition between serenity and activity.
If you want to escape to the tranquillity of Pondicherry and experience its seductive views, shopping experiences and delectable dining for yourself, here are seven of our most recommended resorts.
Located in Pudukuppam, a calm and quiet fishing village, Le Pondy is one the best beach resorts in the region. The colonial architecture and historic style of the building is beautifully balanced with modern comforts and luxurious amenities. These include a well equipped gym and swimming pool, along with a selection of body treatments.
Guests can unwind in the spacious lounge or explore the extensive menu at the multi-cuisine restaurant. Alternatively, the poolside bar and barbecue or onsite coffee shop allow you to tuck into culinary treats in a laid back and relaxing setting. And the enchanting views extend to the rooms, where guests can opt for a lake view room, sea view room, luxury pool villa or presidential pool villa.
The Windflower Resort & Spa
Surrounded by rolling ocean and tranquil backwaters, this resort is steeped in romance. Ideal for couples, The Windflower Resort & Spa allows guests to stroll along the beach or venture out to the nearby places of interest around Little Veerampattinam, including the botanical gardens, museums and temples.
There is also a wealth of activity within the resort to enjoy. In addition to the swimming pool and gym, guests can enjoy a selection of award-winning therapeutic treatments in the spa. An activity room offers a space to play games, while the bar, lounge and restaurant allow you to indulge in delicious cuisine, with the fresh seafood dishes in particular earning high praise.
This resort is a feast for the eyes, with its idyllic ocean side location and arresting architecture. The tropical plant arrangements and sparkling bodies of water create a sense of ambience that flows through into the luxurious and impeccably laid out rooms. Ocean Spray offers 72 stylishly furnished guestrooms along with a choice of 34 waterfront villas.
While its convenient location on East Coast Road, close to a whole host of famous attractions, is enough to catch tourists’ interests, it is the level of hospitality and service that will make them want to stay. The friendly staff are warm and welcoming and the extensive onsite amenities, including a pool, gym and range of onsite dining options, will leave you spoilt for choice.
The Dune Eco Village & Spa
With its eco-friendly ethos and exquisite style, the Dune Eco Village and Spa will deliver a unique experience to travellers of all ages and tastes. Each room offers guests a different natural cooling option to sooth them from the Indian heat, such as the garden room AC or the bay watch nature cooled room. These intriguing designs, along with contemporary touches, make this resort stand out from the crowd.
Every effort has been taken to ensure guests feel completely rejuvenated. Yoga and meditation classes are held within the hotel, while the spa offers massages, therapies and body treatments. There is also no shortage of entertainment, with a gym, swimming pool, book library, DVD library, gift shop and shopping arcade. And after a long day, The Fun Restaurant or fresh Seafood Bar is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger.
Guests at the Maison Perumal can enjoy an expanse of fresh greenery and flora that surrounds the minimalist and striking white exteriors of this hotel. Set in the serene Perumal Koil Street location, it is close to the exotic sights of Auroville and just a stone’s throw away from a number of major attractions, including the Pondicherry Museum, Lighthouse and Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The cultural appeal of this hotel blends with modern comforts in the 10 guestrooms. Bright and airy layouts are adorned with dark wooden textures and traditional fixtures, to create a design that is as welcoming as it is spacious. An onsite bar is available to quench your thirst with a range of exotic and tempting beverages, while the restaurant serves up a leisurely atmosphere alongside its international menu and local dishes.
Experience Pondicherry’s French influence and relaxing atmosphere at the Promenade resort. The opulent hotel offers a captivatingly modern setting for your trip, with French and Indian inspiration throughout the décor and design. The guestrooms are steeped in contemporary style, with some delivering gorgeous views out across the Bay of Bengal.
In addition to the Promenade’s exceptional service and fantastic amenities, it also features some truly impeccable dining options. Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine is available at the Blueline restaurant, while the rooftop Lighthouse grill lets you soak in the sights with incredibly fresh seafood served straight from the barbecue.
Residing in the quaint city of Pudhucherry, the beautiful Sunway Manor offers visitors a stress free escape. Nestled among natural surroundings, the location is close to the soft sands and crashing waves of Auroville Beach, while remaining only a short walk from the Sri Subramaniya Swarmy Temple and Pundhucherry Museum. The clean and contemporary architecture of the hotel looks positively handsome, with a stunning white exterior and sprawling design.
The guestrooms are characterised with an elegant Indo-French style, complete with comfortable and modern features. Amenities include a state of the art gym, cooling outdoor swimming pool and onsite coffee shop. The Astra Lounge Bar is the ideal place to unwind with a beverage and some gourmet treats, with the Open House restaurant allowing guests to gorge on a buffet or a menu of la carte delights. Then you can head to the hotel’s nightclub for an evening spent on the dance floor.
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