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Vivanta by Taj - Connemara, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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.

At a Glance

  • Unique mix of chic and classic

  • Beautiful beach location on the outskirts of the city

  • Superb cuisine

  • Beautifully spacious rooms overlooking the garden and swimming pool

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

Couples, Culture, History

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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Description

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.

Accommodation

Vivanta offers guests 145 rooms. Rooms feature LCD TV, satellite, DVD Players, tea and coffee makers, wireless internet (additional charge), electronic safe and Forest Essentials bath amenities. The Presidential Nivana Suite boasts two bedrooms, a private courtyard and a Jacuzzi. It is infused with design touches that hint to its imperial past with modern comforts.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Vivanta but there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.

Facilities

Facilities at Vivanta include a fabulous swimming pool, a fitness center where you can also practise yoga, beauty salon, business center, DVD library, gift shop and restaurants serving dishes from India and the rest of Asia and Italy by a renowned celebrity chef.

Activities

Chennai is a major center 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.

Additional Notes

Closed for renovations 2016/2017

Closed for renovations 10th May 2016 to May 2017

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.

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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