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Club Mahindra Puducherry
Ranked #12 of 82 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed 21 August 2012

We had originally booked this place for Feb 2012, but was informed in Jan 2012 that a cyclone had devastated Pondicherry last week of December and the resort was pretty much directly in the firing line. In fact one of the resort staff recounted to us the horror they went through when the waves almost reached the reception during the cyclone

What we found good

- Excellent food. Good choice in seafood as well
- Nice bar , prices much cheaper than Bangalore
- Decent activities for kids, very helpful staff
- A decent swimming pool.
- There is a beach in front of the resort. This is not private (there was no crowd however) and the gates to the sea front are closed by 6.30-7.
- The sea is very rough and muddy and could be dangerous

What is probably missing or could be improved

- The pool is little small and shallow for the number of people who turn up on weekends
- There is no gym or fitness room
- The seaside barbecue place is still not functioning after the cyclone. Staff was non committal about it coming back
- There is still lot of construction happening. The place has a little bit of a run down look- might improve after the construction activity is over
- Rooms are OK. We had two. There was no sea view which was a huge let down. Also when it rains, water seeped into the room from the balcony
- There is no room service

I am a Mahindra member so the room costs were all paid up. But if you are a non-member do consider other beach resorts and compare before taking a decision

Room Tip: Some of the rooms seem to have a partial sea view. Try to get that. Also try to get rooms closer the...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

Good resort located at a clam location about 18kms from pondichery town . Clean modern rooms . Beach facing property with a swimming pool , large lawn , kids play rooms and activity center . Food quality is very good but costly . This resort is on the way to cudallur from pondichery and near to Mahatma Gandhi medical college hospital.

Room Tip: Beach facing rooms ( not very close to beach ) have good ventilation . If I am correct ,there is on...
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank sudhish_1971
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

You know how you long for that one vacation or trip where you just want to go, check into a nice resort, watch TV all day long, take a stroll on the beach when you feel like and just keep eating.. Well that's pretty much all my husband and I did this weekend!(Aug 3rd-5th 2012). Pondicherry is hardly a 2.5 hour drive from Chennai, so it's a popular getaway for most folks from here. Zest Big Beach, though not exactly inside Pondi town, is still a great place to getaway for a weekend. The resort is sprawling, lots of space, lovely private beach, clean rooms and lots of activities organized especially for kids. The staff are friendly and do their job well. Food was good, maybe a little overpriced. We ended up having breakfast(which was good!) and an ala carte lunch there once. Since we wanted to try out different options, we drove to the city limits for more variety. But it looked like most families preferred hanging out at the resort, especially those with kids. But other than that, we did nothing but chill out and relax! I do wish we could have stayed a day longer at this lovely place. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Aishwerya N
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

Location : Excellent - outside Pondy drive for about 17 km. Huge property giving you a complete sense of oneness - far from the madding crowds.

Facilities : Top Notch. Very good rooms, excellent food, nice activities, ayurveda, games, music, beach

Service : Good

Room Tip: Stay on the top floor - and towards the beach. Rooms are all the same in terms of layout and dimensi...
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Analyse27
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

I went to this place in the last week of July. Was looking for an above average beach vacation, and Big Beach seemed the best. We stayed there for 3 days and 2 nights and enjoyed the location thoroughly. I traveled as a guest (non Zest member).

Have listed the Positives and the Negatives.

Positives: Huge location, 200 meters away from a clean and least crowded beach.
Ample indoor and outdoor activities ranging from football, cricket, paintball, volleyball, Zorbing, ATBiking, pool, TT and indoor games. Apart from these, they also organize fun activities like housie, musical chair, face painting, tatoo, portraits etc.
Brilliant staff, arranged a cake for my wife's B'day. Helpful and easily accessible. Prompt.
Clean rooms, and better room service.
Pool with great relaxing area, attached bar. Clean.
Negatives: Food is not that great although they have a variety of dishes. Breakfast is great however, lunch and dinner seem monotonous.
Value for money with respect to some activities; rs 500 for 15 mins of biking, food, 4500 INR for a candle lit dinner etc. It didnt matter much but can be bought down a lil. Guess, it helps being a member.

Overall, a chill place, whether u go alone, family, couples....worth a visit..! Keep it up

Room Tip: Dnt worry about it...enjoy the location!
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Madhurjya D
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Additional Information about Club Mahindra Puducherry

Address: 200/201, Valluvar Medu, Village Manapattu | Villupuram district, Bahour Commune Panchayat, Pondicherry 607402, India (Formerly Zest Big Beach)
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Pondicherry
#7 Business Hotel in Pondicherry
#12 Family Hotel in Pondicherry
Price Range: ₹ 4,636 - ₹ 8,885 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Club Mahindra Puducherry 3.5*
Number of rooms: 125
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Also Known As:
Zest Big Beach Hotel Pondicherry
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