Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
At a Glance
Olympic-sized temple tank pool
Dine under a 200 year old Banyan tree
Each villa has its own private plunge pool
An exquisitely renovated colonial estate with glorious carvings, high beamed ceilings and stone pillars
Heritage Spa offer authentic Swedish or Ayurvedic massage
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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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Formerly the British Madurai Club, the Heritage Madurai offers a soothing oasis in this busy city. Recently beautifully restored, modernised and extended, the property now offers 72 gorgeous rooms including 35 villas in 17 acres of lush green gardens.
Heritage Madurai was designed by world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. The original Club House and key elements showcase his idea, including the flooring, pillars and roof which have all been preserved through the restoration process. Along with this, a new building has been thoughtfully built with the ambience of the old Club House in mind, including the addition of decorative 18th Century Chettinad columns from Karaikudi.
Rooms at the Heritage Madurai have wooden floors, wooden furniture, white linens and Indian rugs with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and forest. All rooms have air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities. The villas have there own personal courtyard, terrace and plunge pool that is fringed with frangipani trees.
From the lobby area, one can see through to the stunning swimming pool, which has been designed to replicate a temple tank and is beautifully lit at night, lying in the shade of an old Banyan tree.
Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, with a temple on almost every street which makes walking around an experience in itself. Some of the local attractions include the Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple, the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Palace, the Kazimar Big Mosque, the Gandhi Museum, Goripalayam Dargah, Theppakulam and Koodal Azhagar Koil.
Rooms at the Heritage Madurai have wooden floors, wooden furniture, white linens and Indian rugs with gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape and forest. All rooms have air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and all the modern amenities you'd expect. Opt for a Luxury Villa with private open-air plunge pool and sun deck.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the Heritage Madurai. There is a kid's playground, children's menus, high chairs for child dining and a babysitting service available on request.
Facilities at the Heritage Madurai include a swimming pool that replicates the Temple Tank of Thirumalai Temple, an indoor golf simulator, a Heritage Spa offering Ayurveda and Swedish massages. There is also a library, souvenir shop, coffee shop, and Cultural Village including an arts and crafts center. The Banyan Restaurant serves both contemporary Indian and International cuisine, while the 'Swig & Tee' bar evokes colonial club culture.
Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India and a fascinating place to walk around for just this reason. The Heritage Madurai offers walking tours of the old city, taking in the Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple. Scott Dunn can arrange customized activities should you wish to explore more of the local attractions such as the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Palace, the Kazimar Big Mosque, the Gandhi Museum, Goripalayam Dargah, Theppakulam and Koodal Azhagar Koil. The hotel also arranges tours of the nearby Chettinad region including visits to many of the local craftsmen, such as weavers and basket makers, and stonemasons that handcraft granite idols.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The best independent hotel on offer in Madurai. It offers lovely rooms and an ideal base in which to explore the city.
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Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Heritance Madurai is spread over 17 acres of greenery, a quiet resort in the middle of the busy city of Madurai, Tamilnadu, India.