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Dune  Price Band:   £51-100 per room / villa per night
Dune
Swimming Pool
Beach Access
Ayurveda
Sculpture/Art
Dining Room
Mountain Bikes
Organic Products
Day Trips
Special Diets
Fishing
 

This eco-friendly beach†property is spread over 30 acres on the Tamil Nadu coastline.† As pondicherry's†only quality beach†resort,†the†40 cottages, all individually named, come in many different shapes and sizes.† Some are round, krall shaped, some rectangular like huts.† Some have straw roofs, some thatch, others wood or tile, some with stone carvings in Khujarao style, †and internally they are just as varied.† Price is a good guide as to the size and number of amenities in each.† Each cottage is provided with bicycles - useful for getting around the resort - and a mobile phone replaces in-room telephones so you can contact the staff wherever your location.

The individual style has evolved from the custom of using many reclaimed building materials from South Indian colonial houses and Chettinad palaces.† All are designed to reduce their impact on the environment, just the largest building with its terracotta tiled roof and sparkling white walls houses the reception area and stands out proudly from the surrounding scrub.†

The cuisine in the F.u.n Restaurant is a tasty & healthy option, prepared largely from the home-grown organic vegetables.†

The Artists in Residence Programme, which provides work studios for artists from around the world, has its base here at The Dune and acts as a hub for international artists to live, work and discover India.†

Despite its casual air its mantra is ‘to live in harmony with nature and men’. For ages past the Swamis (holy men) from the nearby temples regarded this beautiful, deserted beach as a place of pilgrimage and meditation.

Highs Lows
  • The relaxed atmosphere and opportunity to get involved in a variety of projects - from organic gardening to cookery lessons to arts & craft.
     
  • The whole concept is unique and dedicated to responsible tourism¬†- as is each individual cottage
     
  • The former French colony of Pondicherry is only 20mins away
     
  • An ideal wedding location¬†
     
  • The Tower Suite was voted India best Honeymoon suite in 2007

 

  • The sea can be rough so perhaps stick to the pool
     
  • When the¬†resort is full the dining pavillion can get a little¬†busy - for a romantic meal take advantage of their private dining
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