Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
At a Glance
Six bedroom luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the old French quarter of Pondicherry
Superb restoration retaining the old world charm yet modernising for the 21st century
Delightful outdoor restaurant serving European fare
Lovely outdoor swimming pool
Most rooms have a balcony, patio, terrace or veranda
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations unlike northern India. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round in Tamil Nadu, but the best time to usually visit is from November until March. Please note that rainfall is common at any time of the year but the monsoon season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.
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La Villa is a luxury boutique hotel located in the town of Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu, India and is a beautifully restored historic 19th century French Manor House. With just six fantastic suites, La Villa is a triumph of design and thoughtful restoration.
La Villa is an old French Manor House and is over 100 years old and sits in the old quarter of Pondicherry. Pondicherry was once the base for the French East India Company, as opposed to Madras (now Chennai) which was the base of the English East India Company.
Pondy as it is lovingly known by locals, fuses French style and bohemian-chic with Indian architecture and bluster and is a delightful place to amble around by day; guests can get about on one of the hotel's bicycles. A few of the locals still speak French, and you will find quaint cobbled streets, colonial era pastel painted townhouses and you can expect to tuck into amazing Franco-Indian fusion cuisine at every meal. Delve into the many cafes, restaurants and shops before picking up a freshly baked baguette. This is France in India, and La Villa is simply the best place to stay in this fascinating town.
La Villa has just six suites and as such retains an exquisite and exclusive feel about it. French designers Tina Trigala and Yves Lespirit set to work styling the hotel, retaining the old-world charm yet creating a luxurious and modern space within it, packed with little touches of designer brilliance. Blending mosaic hand-made tiles, lime plaster, local granite and teak, they have perfectly retained the old, yet brought in the new. La Villa comes across as understated, yet refined and utterly inviting in every way.
The six suites are located on either the first, second or third floor. There are four slightly smaller suites, and all except 'India Song' have an outdoor area, be it an in-room patio, balcony, terrace or veranda. The first floor rooms (North Side Story, South Side Story and Timeless) overlook the delightful hotel 40m2 pool. The rooms are wonderfully furnished with seating areas, rain-forest showers (sorry no bathtubs we're afraid) and wonderfully comfortable beds. La Villa have imported French linens and toiletries from Fragonard, yet kept little touches and design elements from the local area.
The Restaurant is located outside on the ground floor and the breakfasts are superb (French continental of course). In the evening it also serves delicious European fare.
La Villa is perfect for those wanting a peaceful, upmarket and refined boutique hotel and is ideal for honeymooners or couples. Please note that the hotel doesn't permit children under twelve.
We suggest at least three nights in Pondicherry to fully let this magical corner of India soak in. Blend it with a journey into the historic heartlands of Tamil Nadu such as Tanjore or Madurai, or some of its rural charms like Chettinad or Rajakkad.
There are six suites at La Villa Pondicherry all featuring the latest amenities including rain-forests showers and a spacious seating area. There are four slightly smaller suites with the two larger suites offering larger verandas and terraces.
Please be aware that La Villa has a child's policy which only allows children over the age of 12 to stay. For those travelling with younger children, please speak to your Travel Consultant.
La Villa has an outdoor restaurant which moves inside should it rain as well as a lovely swimming pool. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Across the road you will find their sister property, Villa Shanti which has a wonderful restaurant and cocktail bar.
Pondicherry is full of many monuments which demonstrate the French influence in this once colonial town. Visit the Mairie building, the Romain Rolland Library and The Church of Lady of Angels. For history lovers, you can also visit the French war memorial.
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Location & directions
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India
La Villa is located in the old French quarter of Pondicherry within easy walking distance of most of the main sights and sounds of the town.
How to get there
The drive from Madras (Chennai) takes around four hours, although you can reach Pondicherry on the train from either Chennai or Madurai to the south. Other popular combinations include the fascinating town to Tanjore (three hour drive) and Chettinad.
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