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Club Mahindra Puducherry
Ranked #14 of 76 Hotels in Pondicherry
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Chennai (Madras), India
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78 reviews
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“EXCELLENT PLACE”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

I have visited this place atleast a half a dozen times but still find it worth visiting. The property was almost completely destroyed during the thane Cyclone but its back on its feet. However you can see the destruction around. Only about half the rooms are operational but they are perfect and the stay was enjoyable. The children will love this place. The food is very good but the prices have been hiked sharply. You can enjoy the swimming pool and there is also a cricket pitch. All in all its a lovely place.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

A nice getaway vacation place, Everything right from the reception till we check out was smooth and friendly. Warm and courteous staff. Coming to the main part of the resort the facility was very clean, the rooms are spacious and clean, beds were comfortable, additional couch in the room is nice to have. The patios were clean and with the view of the ocean and coffee it was very relaxing. I liked the concept of glass walls, they give you a feeling of both indoor and outdoor added with the view of ocean it was nice. Bathrooms were clean and comfortable to use. The grounds were clean and well-kept with well mowed lawns, and lots of place to relax and walk around. They have lot of activities for the kids and adults as well swimming, jungle gym, horse coach ride, activity room for kids, carom, shuttle, volley ball, cricket, ATV, small golf hole etc. most of them were functional and well maintained. A walk to the beach in the morning during sun rise and in the is priceless, you can enter the beach from the facility and its short walk. They serve snacks and coffee/ tea during evening on the lawns and bar is open till late night. Food buffet was good for dinner but a bit over priced and greasy. Morning breakfast was included in the room cost and was good had a nice mix of continental and Indian. All in all a nice resort to stay and would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Mumbai, India.
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

This resort is perfectly placed off the hustle & bustle of the city. Its got a nice streach of beach. The staff is great and the rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The food is nice though the food is a little bland for my liking. They have lots of activities for kids. They have a nice pool. Though the weather is warm through the day, there is a nice breezr that keeps the sweat away. They also have a well stocked bar and the drinks are very resonably priced.

Its an ideal family getaway. If your not the types who wants to use up every second of a holiday to squeez in as much sightseeing as possible, this is the place for you. You can spend quality time with your friends and family and laze around all day.

They have a small gift shop and also an activity rooms with a small library, indoor games like TT and also virtual game (extra charge).

All in all its a good experience though the tariff is a bit expensive for non-members.

Room Tip: The rooms on the ground level are good for older people who cant climb steep stairs but the rooms on...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

Very nice property located near the beach. the rooms are very good completely modern look, The food is also very good. the staff is very cooperative. Been there 3 times it has been a very good experience. but still has room for improvement on the few points like the swimming pool needed repairs ( the tiles were coming out, hope rectified now), they should have more activities for the kids.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

If you want a nice spot to chill out for a couple of days , Zest Big Beach is a good choice. Nothing much to do around except eating , sleeping and going to the beach. It is far from Pondicherry's other attractions especially Auroville which is an hour's drive away. Rooms are air conditioned , spacious and cute with floor to ceiling glass walls on three sides , the beach is just a two minute walk away and the restaurant serves decent food.

The negatives: The swimming pool is too small and gets too crowded , it has no deck chairs. The beach is public and outside the resort and the few boatmen hanging around will bug you to take a catamaran ride.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Chennai
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Our experience has been great right from our booking the resort.
The Reservations Executive Rajalakshmi informed that they were sold out, but promised to check for any cancellations and return my call.
I heard from her team member Mahesh promptly, who was very nice and helpful and confirmed our booking.

We arrived at this resort - our second time (exactly 3 years after our first visit)
The resort was ravaged by the THANE cyclone of Dec 2012.
However, these folks have put up a brave effort and got about 55 of the rooms operational vs the total capacity of 125 rooms. Surprisingly, there was not much of noise or any disturbances, even when a lot of repair work was going on.
The front office staff Vadivu was courteous to walk with us to the room, show the room personally and explain the features.

The pool though shallow (only 4 ft) - was a great relief during the hot summer season.
The attendant Periandavar was very always around, very attentive and helpful.

The housekeeping was the fastest that I have ever experienced. Be it the extra towels, the blankets etc - it looked like they were just around the corner waiting for our calls.

The food in the restaurant always buffet - breakfast, lunch or dinner was huge and compelling. We would have easily added a few kilos eating here during the last 2 days.
All the staff were always attentive and eager to serve.
Special mention to Mithun who was always there to get our bread, tikkis, dosas, water, forks and spoons.

The kids were thrilled by the activity room and the various fun games that were lined up.
Special mention to Zor and Gurudev who were patiently engaging all the kids and
I even got to fly a kite with the kids after almost 20 years.

Kuppan did a great job in helping the kids to Clay Pottery and
was perfect when making his sea sand figures. (pls check the photos)

The access to the beach was safely guarded. Not much fun here, since the recent cyclone has damaged all the casurinas (most of them broken, some of them uprooted).
The shore was also greatly eroded and hence could not play in the water, hence enjoyed the pool again.

Overall, it was a Great place, Excellent Service, very glad to have returned again...
Way to go guys, look forward to be here more often...

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2012

The resort has everything you normally look for in a beach-resort. The room was good though the walls were whitewashed & not painted. View from the room was nothing to look out for. They have well-equipped bar & restaurants. Food was good but nothing to write home about. Staffs were eager to help. The problem for us was it was pretty far off from proper Pondicherry. For someone like me who would rather explore Pondicherry town than spend hours in swimming pool or on the beach counting waves the location of the resort was The Problem. For me it was not exactly value for money!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Club Mahindra Puducherry
Address: 200/201, Valluvar Medu, Village Manapattu | Villupuram district, Bahour Commune Panchayat, Pondicherry 607402, India (Formerly Zest Big Beach)
Location: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Pondicherry
#7 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
#12 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Mahindra Puducherry 3.5*
Number of rooms: 125
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Also Known As:
Zest Big Beach Hotel Pondicherry
Zest Big Beach Pondicherry

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