Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

At a Glance

  • Vivanta by Taj - Connemara offers a unique mix of chic and classic

  • Beautiful beach location on the outskirts of the city

  • Superb cuisine, dine at one of the four restaurants at the hotel

  • Beautifully spacious rooms overlooking the garden and swimming pool

  • Jiva Spa offers a fabulous range of treatments, ancient holistic therapies, massages, wraps and scrubs

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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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Insider's View

Madras (Chennai) wasn't the first base for the English East India Company, they first set up operations in Surat, in present day Gujarat.

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara is a charming beach resort located between Chennai and Mahaballipuram on the Bay of Bengal coast. Considered the oldest hotel in the city, the Connemara was built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort.

Built in 1854 as the Imperial Hotel, the Vivanta by Taj - Connemara is the only heritage hotel near Chennai. Here you can enjoy the beach location on the outskirts of the city and the proximity to Chennai for exploring and Mahaballipuram to visit the nearby temples including the famous Shore Temple.

The rooms are spacious and furnished to a high standard with views overlooking the garden and swimming pool. To make your stay even more comfortable there are de-stress options such as a special Rest Easy menu and massage showerheads. For the ultimate in luxury, the Presidential Nivana Suite features two bedrooms, a private courtyard and Jacuzzi.

Outside in the green and lush garden, you’ll find the shady pool and a superb restaurant serving local, Asian and Continental cuisines. The Jiva Spa offers a fabulous range of signature treatments, ancient holistic therapies, massages, wraps and scrubs. Yoga and meditation classes are also available.

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is well worth at least a full day as part of a wider itinerary covering Tamil Nadu. Visit Fort St George, still a powerful symbol of the British Empire, have your fortune told on Marina Beach and see an excellent example of South Indian temple architecture at Kapaleeshwar Temple.

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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara offers guests 145 rooms and suites. Each room has been tastefully decorated with plenty of space for you to unwind.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara but please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.


Facilities at Vivanta by Taj - Connemara include a fabulous swimming pool, a fitness centre where you can also practice yoga, beauty salon, and four restaurants serving dishes from India and the rest of Asia and Italy by a renowned celebrity chef.


Chennai is a major centre for music, art and culture. It is famous for its classical dance shows and Hindu temples, in particular the Kapaleeshwar Temple. There are also a number of dance and music festivals which will give you an interesting insight into this fascinating culture.



Daniel Smith (Staff)

The Taj Connemara is the best luxury city hotel in Chennai offering excellent international standards of service and cuisine. Ideal as a base in which to explore the city.


  • Chennai City Tour

    A half day city tour taking in Georgetown which was originally known as Black Town in the 1600’s and was the centre of settlement in Madras and also housed the east India Company’s warehouse

Location & directions

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Located in the heart of the commercial district of Chennai, near to the Anna Salai area on Binny Road.

How to get there

10-hour international flight to Chennai International Airport, followed by a 30-minute drive to Vivanta by Taj.

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