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“a quiet place to relax with family”
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Ideal Beach Resort
Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in Mahabalipuram
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were on a family trip consisting of our aged parents and our kids. The staff welcomed us by garlanding us. We were provided a welcome drink, which was Minute Maid served in a glass and not any fresh juice. They could consider providing fresh juice instead of any bottled drink. The sea-facing rooms were already taken and we were allotted rooms near the reception area, of which one was in the upstairs. The rooms are well kept. The one above had open shower area, which is very enjoyable, and also a bathtub. The room below did not have any bath tub. Both rooms had balconies. The usage of pool is free and they have a separate pool for kids, which our kids enjoyed a lot. If you bring inflatable tubes, the kids (who don't know swimming) can give a try at the regular pool. It would be very useful if tubes are provided at the resort itself. You have two shops in the resort, but they don't sell these. The private beach they have is just wonderful. We had a great time at the beach. The breakfast buffet was great too and the staff were too willing to help the senior citizens in our group and brought food to our table. For lunch, we ordered south Indian meals, but the quantity was less and had to order extra rice. This was a costly affair. They charged Rs. 60/- for one portion of extra rice. Food was in short very expensive. They rent out bicycles at Rs. 50 per hour or so. Room service was also very good. Overall, it was a very good experience staying at this place, the only drawback i find being the cost of food.

Room Tip: I would recommend sea-facing rooms so that u can see the sunrise from your balcony. If sea-facing ro...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I LOVE this resort! From the intelligent lay-out, to the immaculate beach with chairs, tables, and shade, to the clear signage on the grounds...I wish we'd stayed a week, not one night. The rooms are beautiful and clean, the food good, the people wonderful. My one tiny complaint is that a few of the staff need to 'fess up if they don't understand something in English...that way, mistakes can be avoided. My favorite part was the outdoor bathtub and shower. I opened a door in the immaculate blue-and-white bathroom...and there it was! A private paradise. The tub is under the eaves and has a shower curtain so you could bathe even during a rainstorm.

If you're flying out of Chennai, I'd recommend staying here rather than a hotel in Chennai. The Chennai traffic is horrific. It takes less time to go from the Ideal Resort to the airport than to go through Chennai traffic from a local hotel.

Room Tip: If the idea of an outdoor shower and tub appeals to you, ask for a room that has this feature--not a...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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670DanielA, Manager at Ideal Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2012

Vanakam,
Thank You very much indeed for choosing &staying and for your great feedback about your stay at Ideal Beach Resort.We welcome this kind of gesture & really appreciate it.We are glad to hear that you really enjoyed the Luxury & Comforts of Ideal Beach and are duty bound to deliver Quality service to all the guests like you which had made your stay memorable.we Look forward to see you soon again.

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With Regards,

Daniel Appadurai
Resort Manager

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

- easy to get reservation
- easy to find
- smooth check in
- great spot on beach with top class service
- thoughtful staff
- great service and service attitude in restaurant and beach side cafe
- room service is great...but they are ****ed up their billing. even they dont know what to charge for...orders and bills come separately.

Room Tip: choose beach side or pool side depending on what you prefer to be closer to.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We have stayed at Ideal Beach Resort a few times now and always look forward to returning. Helpful, friendly staff, reasonable rates for excellent accommodation, fabulous breakfast, large clean pool and a puja for Ganesha on Fridays around 5.30 that you are welcome to attend. Also a beach front, you can watch the local fisherman come and go. We feel welcome and confident of a happy and relaxing time.

Room Tip: The apartments on the south side facing the water are more expensive but probably worth it.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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670DanielA, Manager at Ideal Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 25, 2012

Vanakam,
Thank You very much indeed for staying at Ideal & for your great Feedback.Its always a pleasure to deliver exceptional service to all the guests like you who enjoy the luxury & comforts at Ideal Beach Resort that makes your stay more happy & homely.We anxiously look forward to see you soon again.

Thank You,
Warm Regards,

Daniel Appadurai
Resort Manager

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

I went directly from the airport to this resort using their reasonably-priced car service. It was the perfect place to relax! I had one of their lower-priced rooms, upstairs and away from the beach, and was very satisfied. Breakfasts are great, with many Indian and non-Indian options. Took a long walk down the beach to the temple, which I enjoyed but some might find too far. The resort is quite isolated, so there isn't much to do except relax and enjoy where you are. The staff in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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670DanielA, Manager at Ideal Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2012

Vanakam,
Thank You very much indeed for choosing & staying & for your valuable feedback on Tripadvisor about your stay at Ideal Beach Resort.We welcome this kind of gesture and really appreciate it.We are glad to hear that you enjoyed & relaxed at Ideal.Our main focus is to provide quality services to guests like you who come here to enjoy their holiday and that had made their stay memorable.Looking forward to see you soon again to serve you more better.
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Daniel Appadurai
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

On a business trip we stayed in sea view deluxe room,very nice location with private beach facilites...but the either side of this resort beach local resident peoples are roaming- beware while going walking. the buffet breakfast provided by them is very nice -- Other menu rates are like 5* hotel rates.. didn't try ..
Pool is nice but small one,they too offer cycles for local sight seeings on chargeable basis, they can weive-off it costs nothing (nearly 5 km away from the seashore temple)... the staff are very nice extending full service to everyone .. ya one best thing i forgot to tell the room bath having jacuzzi nice..
overall very good & service provided by them is nice ...but bit costlier .... equal to near by Radission blu beach resort...

Room Tip: rooms near to sea at first floor.. for nice sea view
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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670DanielA, Manager at Ideal Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2012

Vanakam,
Thank you for staying and for your feedback during your stay at Ideal Beach.We welcome this kind of gesture & appreciate it.Normally the fishing boats are docked on the shore & mostly they venture into the sea for fishing & they are very friendly & helpful,we never had any incident by which the guests were disturbed.Please let us know so that we can take necessary steps.Reg the menu rates we wish to state that we don't compromise on the quality & quantity of the food & the rates have been fixed considering the above facts.Reg the pool ours is well maintained with good facilities.You can have a dip on your next visit.Our cycles are outsourced,the management is considering to have our own cycles for the benefit of guests.We look forward to see you soon.

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Daniel Appadurai
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed 2 days in the resort with my family and we were very happy with the stay. The cottage was good, had all facilities including a jacuzzi in the bath room. We took a cottage which was right next to the beach. The swimming pool was good and the food was excellent. The service by the staff was by far the best compared to the other nearby resorts, they were very friendly and went all out to make our stay comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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670DanielA, Manager at Ideal Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2012

Vanakam,
Thank You very much for choosing & staying at Ideal Beach Resort.We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the facilities and comforts at Ideal and really appreciate your comments on Trip Advisor. Looking forward for your next visit to serve you much more better.

Thank You,
Warm Regards,

Daniel Appadurai
Resort Manager

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Address: # 4/ 200, Sagarasree, 3RD Cross, Kapaleeshwarar Nagar, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
Location: India > Tamil Nadu > Kanchipuram District > Mahabalipuram
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Mahabalipuram
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Mahabalipuram
Price Range: $100 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ideal Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A picturesque resort surrounded by luscious greeneries and a private beach, Ideal Beach Resort offers personalized service, traditional Ayurvedic massage, a mouth-watering dining experience and a relaxing pool; our team does not spare an expense when it comes to guest satisfaction. Merely a stone’s throw away from the historical UNESCO site, Mahabalipuram is easily accessible on foot or by car. ... more   less 
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