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The Dune

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

The Dune is an eco-friendly beach hotel with a relaxed atmosphere and located just a short drive away from the fascinating town of Pondicherry on the Coramandel coast of Tamil Nadu, South India, 150 km south of Chennai.

At a Glance

  • A truly colorful and bohemian retreat

  • Base for AIR (Artists In Residence), a program providing work studios for Artists from all around the world

  • Veda Spa offering Ayurvedic treatments with yoga and meditation

  • Uniquely decorated, eco-friendly rooms

  • Healthy gourmet fusion food, prepared using organically farmed vegetables

Eco/ethical tourism, Beach, Couples, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

The temples of Malabalipuram are not to be missed.

Daniel Smith

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Dune or take a look at our itineraries to Tamil Nadu

Description

The Dune is made up of 30 Villas and 20 Rooms, all unique and individually designed combining traditional local materials with quirky colors and layouts. Set amongst 30 acres, each Villa comes with a private garden or terrace perfect for couples or families.

There are two restaurants serving healthy fusion food with vegetables sourced from their organic farm and fish from the nearby fishing villages. There is also a raised swimming pool with views over the Indian Ocean, the Veda Spa offering Ayurvedic treatments with yoga and meditation, a tennis court and a 700 meter beach.

Dune is ideal for both couples and families at the end of a tour of South India or as a single-center destination where you can base yourself for day trips to the surrounding area. To the south lies the charming ex French colony of Pondicherry with its beautiful colonial houses, colorful bazaars and numerous restaurants. To the north, on the way to Chennai, you can visit the ancient Pallava port of Mahabalipuram, famous for its magnificent shore temple and its rathas (stone chariots). To the west lies the ancient fort of Gingee, set amongst a landscape of granite chaos and the town of Thiruvannamalai, famed for its ancient temple and the sacred hill of Arunachala.

Accommodation

The Dune offers 30 Villas and 20 Rooms all uniquely decorated and are very eco-friendly. Villas have been partially built using reclaimed building materials from South Indian Colonial houses, Chettinad palaces and Kerala planter’s mansions. They are fully equipped with solar hot water systems, energy saving light bulbs and wastewater treatment plants.

Childcare

Children are welcome at the Dune. Facilities include a children's play house with a large choice of games, a children's playground, kids swimming pool, bikes and a DVD library. There are also pottery lesson on offer.

Facilities

Facilities at the dune include a swimming pool, Ayurvedic Spa, tennis court, the 'Seafood Bar' next to the swimming pool and children's playground and the 'FUN' restaurant serving a fusion of Indian and Continental cuisine promoting the hypotoxic diet of the French biologist, Doctor Jean Seignalet.

Activities

The Dune offers complimentary swimming, yoga, tennis, table tennis, volley ball and jogging. Activities at an additional charge include spa treatments, boat trips and horse riding. Or take to the surrounding countryside to explore the ex French colony of Pondicherry, the Pallava port of Mahabalipuram, the ancient fort of Gingee and the infamous temple at Thiruvannamalai.

Location & Directions

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India

The Dune is located on the coast, 15km north of Pondicherry, in southwest India, 135km south of Chennai.

When to go

The climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations. Temperatures and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation than at any other time.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to The Dune or take a look at our itineraries to Tamil Nadu

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