Wanted to visit Pondicherri but be away from the city and on the beach. And that's what THE DUNE is; 12km into town, easy to reach, friendly, welcoming (apart from the access road off ECR). We found a wonderful atmosphere, lots of garden/nature space, complimentary bicycles to get around, all the amenities you need, including 2 restaurants - and excellent food in the main restaurant indeed! So a genuine hide-out with a well thought through eco friendly approach and concept - inviting you to seek for all the things the place actually offers: Spa, farm, activities, Yoga, beach, sports, the Artyzan shop - and concept! Very relaxing, refreshing, quiet!
Had chosen the Garden Room and found it attractive in design, spacious and with a great area to sit outside, which is a standard with all rooms.
A highlight was definitely the friendliness of staff, including almost every person we met during the 2 days there.
Would have loved to rate 'excellent', however there were a few minor 'hickups' that need mentioning/improvement, I feel: A complimentary tea/coffee facility is meanwhile standard in that category of hotel/price - we missed that! The bathroom was designed in such a way that the floor would get wet easily - no problem as such, but due to shining surface a bit slippery; a footmat would have helped. And in spite of friendly staff we found our pillows on the floor when coming to the room whilst it was done up; not an invitation for your head to rest that night....
We took time to visit the ARTYZAN shop, selling products from the "attached" NGO offering vocational training for underprivileged youth in that area. Appreciated that work and their course on hotel managment, using these trainees as helpers in the restaurant. It gives them a chance - and a future. The Management seems to actively support the concept, which - to us - makes a stay there all the more worthwhile.
Will come back, though in terms of room rates the place is on the higher side....
- Also Known As:
- The Dune Beach Village
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our village is designed for travelers who are looking for a place for a long, leisurely stay surrounded by tranquility, peace, and comfort. This 25-acre eco-friendly beach village features uniquely designed bungalows and cottages, a swimming pool, a tennis court and 700m of pristine beach. The Dune welcomes guests all through the year. We aim to create an environment "to live in harmony with nature and men". ... more less
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