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“A Great place to relax near Pondicherry”

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Club Mahindra Puducherry
Ranked #10 of 85 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Being a Club Mahindra member booked Zest Pondicherry. Although have been to Pondicherry twice before, this is the first time visited Zest Big Beach.
The area, ambience and aesthetics and service are the very best in this hotel. Excellent for children to play around in the lawn, swim, go to the beach etc
The only improvement which is required as mentioned by lot of other people is the need for a cupboard in the rooms.
The activity centers were well equipped with various things and kids really had fun.
I understand this resort has bounced back from the 140 KM storm earlier in the year and the restoration has been great.
The Manager of the Resort mentioned that all the roof were just blown away and it is commendable to get it on the current shape.

If you have less time and only want to cover the Key places in Pondicherry then it is not a good idea to stay 15 kms from the central Pondicherry.

However it is really worth a visit to this great place in Pondi. If you want to relax and have a leisurely time and you are visiting for 3 days this is really a great place.

The Food spread for the buffet is really great and worth the money. Perched in the Bar enjoying the view of the sea in a distance is really something which would be itched in your memory for long and want to come back again.

Room Tip: Room Service is not available in this hotel, so if you are travelling with elder people who have pro...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I had such a worst experience with these stupid guyz.i had planned my stay in this resort on 11th Nov'12.i reached at zest around 1.00 PM and after reaching there these resort manger some stupid guy came and told us that "sorry sir your booking is not reflecting at our end".i m really sorry for that.at the best what i can do for you is dat u be here for the day ,have fun here and then in the night i will give u romm in some other damm room in the ciry.
i scolded him like anyhing- why the hell i m gonna stay in the city ..then why i booked this resport.this went on for nearly 2hrs.

Then i taking up this matter to the make my trip guyz ,they aggreed upon giving the money back.

All i can say about these zest big guyz is that-

1.These guyz are cheaters only,they will cancel ur bookings if somebody will offer them more money(room charges etc) than u actually paid them.(Actually people are ready to pay coz of non avaialbility of VIP private beach resorts there )
2.if u have booked for one day only-kindly check the availablility before reaching there itself coz they will cancel ur booking in order to accommodate long bookings.

So guyz ,beware about these things...

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
7  Thank ankita h
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Everything was fantastic. They have welcomed us with Nannari Sarbath. The gesture that they have extended was, "awesome"!

About rooms they have briefed me it is eco friendly construction. It was simply superb. I personally liked it.

They are making the people to come out of the rooms and take part in activity that they conduct every one hour.

Evening they have arranged and organized. lot of fun games like ATV bike ride, Horsecart Ride, Target gun shooting, Tatoos, Nail Art for ladies, Potrait, Pottery & etc.,

Food choice you have more choices in the buffet. It will surely fill your stomach. Service staff was all were so courteous and friendly.

All staff were wearing a smile on their face. Kudos to their team effort. You guys are rocking!!!!

Room Tip: I would suggest if you are visiting during week days much more comfortable.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Rockzsen
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Zest Big Beach is a good, cheap option for a weekend getaway. However, the distance from Pondicherry city ensures that any sightseeing you need to do, involves an hour of commute either way. On the plus side, there are lots of things to do at the resort itself: there is a beach, an ATV ride, board games, a well-stocked bar, and many events to take part in. The resort itself needs a lot of improvement, but I guess you need to make allowances for the fact that this property was destroyed by 2011-Dec cyclone. There is no room service, which isn't a huge issue in my book. Kids are sure to have fun running around, or in the swimming pool, or on the beach. And there are ducks, geese & turkeys in the area! :)
One important thing: For a resort which sells itself as a family vacation site, there are almost no food choices in the buffet (excluding dosas) for the kids.

Room Tip: The rooms on the first floor are better, and offer more privacy.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mohit M
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Zest Big Beach has copied the club Mahindra layout but need to invest a bit more in their infrastructure and training of staff.

First things first.

On arrival, as we swung in our car into their lobby, it was raining and we expected some one to run to us with an umbrella. Nothing of that sorts happened, as a security guard looked on, as we dragged our luggage out in the rain. Never mind, a lady joins in and welcomes us, and escorts us to the lobby and then a proper check-in happens. Over the next two days, it rained heavily (no fault of Zest) but that tested their wits. First night our room was flooded as rains lashed straight on to our window that started leaking water in. On calling their reception for help 3-4 times without any success we called their general manager. Anyway they came and cleaned the room, and finally changed our room to a ground floor room.

The best thing about the rooms were that their ACs were very effective and kept the humidity out. Worst thing of rooms - no storage. Had to live out of suitcases. We travelled with two boys hence had lot of luggage.

Lunch and dinner menu was quite unexpectedly good. They had a huge spread. Our boys really enjoyed with 6 course meals every day.

One thing I have to complain - the poor quality activity centre - with faulty equipment. But the activity centre boys were good and they played with the kids.

Mosquito Alert: I had to go sit in the lobby area every night for the wifi access, but was flinched by mosquitoes - at least half a kg of my blood.

By and large good stay - except the rains spoilt the fun, and tested the resort services to the hilt. Not much around the resort. Beach was out of reach due to cyclone alert, and anyway beach was black and not at all exciting - as we saw from a distance.

Swimming pool is nice.

Will not go again, fed up of Pondy rains.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited this property just the day after Cyclone Nilam and stayed for 3 nights till 4-Nov. The property is good with a wonderful pool, easy access to the beach, kids play area and a good breakfast/lunch/dinner buffet with many delicious items.

Regarding the service, I would say it was fine. But I would have preferred things to be taken care of ahead of time instead of we asking for it every time. For example, the towels and the moisturizing lotion were not placed (the lotion provided didn't seem to be a new one!). The toilet flush was running all the time and the mini fridge was not working. However, when we made call for each of this complaint, they took care of it. But, I wouldn't prefer calling room service/reception so many times! Also, there is no information in the room related to reception/house keeping phone numbers.

The room amenities are very basic - There is no space for storing luggage. Also, there is no table in the room. The room is spacious and these amenities could have been provided if a little thought has been put. Also, considering many families with small children visit, they don't have facilities like providing toilet seat for babies. And, the mosquitoes were a problem. Even the repellents didn't help! Also, room service for food is not possible.

However, outside of the room, the experience was great. As I have mentioned earlier, the property is good and more importantly the pool is open even around 8pm (which is great!).

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Being a zest and club mahindra member ... been here 4 times ... good location and excellent service makes us going back to this place at least once a year.. amazing the way the property bounced back into operational within 6 months of thane cyclone disaster .. highly recommend to folks who have not been to Pondicherry and do not mind that 15 kms one way drive to the resort from Pondicherry town for sight seeing..

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank VigneshBalan
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Additional Information about 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
#10 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range: $109 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Mahindra Puducherry 3.5*
Number of rooms: 125
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Zest Big Beach Hotel Pondicherry
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