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The Dune is a thematic hotel designed to cater to the growing demand for long stay destinations with soul and comfort where cultures, ideas and people mingle with one another.

It is a 30 acre eco-friendly beach hotel with unique 26 aesthetic villas and 15 villas  fusing modern and traditional architecture, swimming pool, organic farm, tennis court and 700m of sea front, welcoming guests all through the year. The bungalows are sparsely spread and discreetly hidden over 30 acres and 700m of beach front. Each one is of a unique inspiration, furniture, size, facilities & has its own private garden.

Guests at The Dune can experience a large range of activities like SPA wellness therapies and massages, Health club, Yoga and Meditation, Bicycle, Tennis, Volley Ball, 2 km in-house jogging track, Golf Putting lawn, Boating, Horse riding, Kite flying, Table games, book librairy, DVD library with more than 1500 movies and the suspended swimming pool with its large deck overlooking 700 mt of beach and the Bay of Bengal.

The Dune is also the base for AIR (Artists In Residence) a programme providing work studios for Artists from all around the world.

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General
Room Service, Restaurant, Bar / Lounge, Mini Bar, TV, DVD Player, En suite, Private Bathroom, Private Toilet
Services
Business Center, Concierge, 24-Hour Reception, Dry Cleaning, Babysitting / Child Services, Currency Exchange, Safe-Deposit Box, Meeting Rooms, Laundry service, Bicycle Rental, Shops, Luggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, Shops in Hotel
Check In
From 1:00 PM
Check Out
Prior to 12:00 PM
Internet
Wireless internet on site.
Parking
There is an airport shuttle that runs from the hotel.
Business Center
Room Service
Fitness Room/Gym
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Airport shuttle
Concierge
Tour Desk
Massage / Beauty Centre
Bar / Lounge
24-Hour Reception
Dry Cleaning
Babysitting / Child Services
Currency Exchange
Safe-Deposit Box
Mini Bar
Bath
Meeting Rooms
TV
DVD Player
Laundry service
Bicycle Rental
Shops
Garden
Massage
Spa & Wellness Centre
WiFi
En suite
Private Bathroom
Private Toilet
Child Pool
Pool Outdoor
Luggage Storage
Designated Smoking Area
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The Stay

Guests have an option to choose between 33 different room types/bungalows.  Each bungalow is uniquely designed and reconstructed partly using reclaimed building material from South Indian colonial houses. Each one is of a unique inspiration, furniture, size, facilities & has its own private garden.

The Art Deco House
This is a replica of a 60 year old south Kerala Art Deco wood planter’s house. It has 2 separate rooms with attached bathrooms, a large lounge in between both rooms and a back and front private garden.

The Artist Studio 1 with Private Pool
The entrance of the building is the original reconstitution of the entrance of a Chettinad Mansion with the traditionnal «Tinai» to sit on, waiting to be received by the Master of the house. Very pure in design,this suite has original photo prints from Artist photographer Deidi Von Schaewen to screen off the room and the bathroom. A mezzanine with extra bed to accomodate children is available. The bathroom is adjacent to the swimming pool in the private garden surrounded by a compound wall.

The Artist Studio 2 with Private Pool
The main door leading to the room is reclaimed from a merchant house from Karaikudi, South Tamil Nadu. Very minimal in design, this suite opens up to a private garden with swimming pool and bathroom. Original oil paintings by Pondicherry painter Danasegar are on display. It has a mezzanine with extra bed to accomodate children.

The Artist Penthouse
At the first floor of the building, there is a  very large open space that has an amazing 360 degree view on the property and the sea. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi and a shower. The penthouse also has an attached private roof terrace.

The Bamboo House
This very large house is built using bamboo weaved mats as wall partitions and bamboo furniture.It has an outdoor lounge facing the private garden.

The Bamboo House 2 & 3
A long palm tree leaf and casuarina wood roof is divided into 2 rooms with 2 attach bathrooms. A door between the room interconnect them. Each one has an open terrace and private garden.

The Bangle House
The Bangle House is decorated by French designer Carol Arnaud-Goddet using broken pieces of traditional glass bangles pasted on the furniture and with her Mandala paintings. It has a a/c room, a separate lounge, bathroom and a private garden.

The Bay watch House 1

Built using casurina trees and weaved coconut palm leaf, not far from the swimming pool on the beach front with sea view.

The Bay watch house 2

Tower house perched on a sand dune with a first floor room, ground floor bathroom. It has a fantastic sea view.

The Bay watch house 3
Next to the Farm, the green house is facing the sea and has a private terrace in front.

The Bay watch house 4&5
An eco-friendly house made of Casuarina tress and palm leaf.U shaped building with 2 rooms and attached bathroom with 2 terrace and sea view. Ideal for a family or a group of friends.

The Bay watch house 6
Built using Casuarina trees and weaved Coconut palm leaf, not far from the swimming pool on the beach front with see view from the bed and open terrace.

The Bay watch house 7
A very large coconut leef house suspended 3 feet above the ground, The Baywatch House 7 has 2 bed rooms furnished with antique beds and one attached bathroom. It is sea facing and has also a large lounge to relax. Ideal for friends or family.

The Beach House
Next to the swimming pool with sea view, a room with open lounge and separate toilet.Open garden bathroom out in the middle of the coconut plantation.

The Courtyard House
A traditional Kerala planter house in wood with 3 rooms and attached bathroom.2 rooms have extra mezzanine in the attic to accomodate children. It has a very large common lounge with an open to sky center fish pond and a private lawn garden with sun lounger to relax under the stars or the sun. Ideal for a large family or a group of friends.

The Doll House
A 80 year old wood planter’s Kerala house displaying old wood and cloth dolls and children miniature toy colonial furniture.It has one ac room with attached bathroom on the first floor with a spectacular view on the sea and the pool.It also has a a lounge in the ground floor with a study with attached bathroom and a large private garden.

The Dome House

Inspired from the ancient temple constructions, the roof building is designed to self support itself.Indigenous materials of lime mortar and mud bricks have been used for the construction. It has a outside lounge on a elevated old Burma teack wood deck with a private garden.

The Family House
The best place for long stay with family or friends. Two well anointed rooms with 2 separate bathrooms, private garden, lounge, dining and equipped kitchen.

The Flex House

The latest attraction of The Dune, it is been designed by French artist Franck Thesée and fashion designer Aicha Abbes. It is enclosed by lighted flex material printed with a surrealist picture collage. It has an sea facing outside lounge with a private garden.

The Flower House
This is a large private garden of 5000 sq feet fenced by coconut palm leef with an open Gazebo sheltering a colonial Iron bed, a sofa made by a very high rosewood Tamil pictured bed and a separate open roof with long open bathroom. It is sea facing an it is the best place to enjoy the sea breeze and watch the stars. Only for nature lovers.

The Garden Suite
2 Garden Suites are available. Each one is unique in design, decoration and furniture.Located at the first floor they have beautiful sea view. They also have their private outdoor sitting and roof top garden. These are very centrally located in the property and close to the restaurant.

The Garden Room
6 Garden Rooms are available. Each one is unique in design, decoration and furniture. They all have their private outdoor sitting and garden. These are very centrally located in the property and close to the restaurant.

The Gramam House

An old colonial early 19 century village style house with a sea view and a private garden.The large room displays old terracota fruits and vegetables, it has a separate lounge and an attached bathroom.

The Karaikudi Suite
Designed by French Craftsman Vincent Grimaud, This very large suite is built using old wood, architectural elements, tiles, paintings and furniture from a Chettinad palace. It has an indoor and outdoor lounge and a private garden. The window carvings is considered one of the best example of Chettiar refinement.

The Kerala Suite
A 150 years old Kerala Planter’s Mansion made out of wild Jack fruit timber with original in-built furniture and exquisite carved ceiling. It has 2 rooms with attach bathroom, 1 indoor lounge, 1 outdoor lounge with a private garden and a pond. Recommended for a family.

The Mud House
An ode to the ancient craft of Terracotta, built with indigenous mix of mud and cow dung. The design inspired from the traditional Tamil craftsmen house, a room with open lounge leading into cactus garden and separate bathroom.

The Nawabi House
A traditional indigenous house on stilts cover with thatch roofing and separate bath, with compound wall giving it a unique sense of tranquility and privacy.Designed by Chennai fashion photographer Monica Gurdhe and designer Natacha Jeyasingh.

The Pool House
A traditional Kerala Planter house with a private pool and a sun deck in the middle of the coconut plantation.

The Pop House
A traditional indigenous house on stilts with thatch roofing. It is a visual expression of French Artists Michel and Carol Arnaud Godet of Indian Cinema and Pop culture. It has a private garden with a counpond wall made of granite pillars.

The Sambu House
A small house on stilts made of Casuarinas trees and Beetlenut wood covered with local straw called in Tamil « Sambu ». 1 room with open terrace and attach Bathroom made out of granit pillars with private garden.

The Silver Room
At the first floor of the tower, the interiors are minimalistic with silver painted walls. One attached bathroom. It also has an attached peeble garden terrace roof with sitting and colonial canopy bed for the siesta. Great view on the sea.

The Surya Suite
Beautifully designed by French Craftsman Vincent Grimaud, it is a large suite with an open bathroom and a separate toilet. Surya is Sun in Tamil and the room has a special lights design. It has an indoor and an outdoor lounge with a private garden.

The Tower House
Uniquely scenic duplex House at 50 feet height overlooking the bay of Bengal and the entire bioregion. First floor with a lounge and balcony and second floor with bedroom and bathroom.Not recommanded for people with vertigo. Children not allowed.Voted best honeymoon suite in India by India Today magazine.

Facilities

Facilities
Veda SPA, FUN Restaurant, Seafood Bar By The Beach, 24h Room Service, Private Dinner, 700m Beach, DVD Library and In-Room Player, In-Room Minibar, In-Room Safe, Guest Cell Phone, MultiGym, Yoga, Boating, Volley Ball, Cycle, 2 km Jogging Track, Children Play Area and Play House, Tennis Court, Swimming Pool, Paradise Shop, AC Lounge, Conference Hall, Open Air Auditorium, In-house Electrical Transport Service, Organic Farm and Vegetable Garden, Animals Husbandry, Travel Desk.

Dining Options
Fun Restaurant
A rich fusion of traditional Indian and Continental recipes are innovatively made to give you an unforgetable experience.The food is made-to-order, using fresh organic products as much as possible. The F.U.N (Food U Need) restaurant promotes the hypotoxic diet of the French biologist: Doctor Jean Seignalet. The menu proposed is a mix of hypotoxic and non-hypotoxic cuisine. F.U.N Restaurant and The Lounge are the meeting points at The Dune. A family atmosphere prevails here. This encourages people to meet, chat and interact with each other. The Chef loves an exchange with the customer, so feel free to speak to him for any special meal requests or if you have to follow a diet; he will do his best to cater to your needs.

Sea Food Bar
This is by the beach, next to the swimming pool and the children playground. Here, you can enjoy fresh seafood cooked as per your choice in the grill, the barbecue or the tandoor with fresh salads,sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

Private Special Dinner
Private dinners are also organized that promise an unforgettable experience. The Chef can provide specially cooked meals in accordance with the occasion and the food is served in a beautiful setting.

Places Nearby

To the south (15kms), lies Pondicherry, an ex French colony with its quaint colonial houses and numerous restaurants. The entertainment ranges from amazing shopping experience in the street bazaars to quiet cultural evenings in Alliance Francaise. Sri Aurobindo's Ashram is also a place to visit. Also to the south, but closer (8km) is Auroville, an experimental township sustaining a unique community. Life with people from 44 different nationalities living and working together, this utopian concept is the realization of the dream of Mirra Alfassa, a French disciple of Sri Aurobindo, known as 'The Mother'.

To the north, on the way to Chennai one can visit the ancient Pallava port of Mahabalipuram, famous for its magnificent shore temple, iT's rathas (stone chariots) and its numerous talented stone sculptors.

To the west, lies Gingee, an ancient fort set amongst a landscape of granite chaos, further west (50km), lies the town of Thiruvanamalai, famed for its very large and ancient temple and the sacred hill called Arunachala, symbolizing the element fire. At the foot of this hill, lived one of the greatest seers of India, Ramana Maharshi.

Trips can be organized even further to Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Swamimalai, Karaikudi, Madurai etc, places that offer a unique insight into enchanting Tamil culture.

Getting there
By Air
The nearest International Airport is Chennai. Private carrier are offering a Chennai-Pondy flight. It can be organised on request for up to 12 persons.

By Train
Chennai and Bangalore are both well connected to Villupuram Station, it will take you around 1 hour to reach The Dune. See by Air and Road for indications.

By Road
A highway links The Dune to Chennai. It is called the ECR "East Coast Road". It will take you 2 to 2.30 hours from the Airport. It has the reputation of beeing one of the most beautiful sight seeing road of south India. The Dune is 9 Km after the Pondicherry ECR toll gate. You can see a Dune sign board at the road crossing on the left side. From Pondicherry, take the ECR road to Chennai. They are 12 km away from the city. You will see Dune sign board at the crossing on the right side.
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