Saturday, March 24, 2012

Le Dupleix, Pondicherry

A Hidesign hotel housed in an 18th century French mansion, successfully combining the flavours of colonial and traditional Indian architecture and design with the added touch of contemporary innovations - 14 individually designed rooms and an excellent restaurant with a French-Indian menu. It would be a sin not to describe the service as generous and welcoming, and yet, unlike the simplistic approach of Bangala, the staff seems to have undergone some quite sophisticated training. The greatest charm of Le Dupleix , however, lies in the fact that it is a five-minute walk to the Bay of Bengal or, alternately, the shopping epicentre of Pondicherry (it is literally around the corner from the hotel). The countless little shops, it seems, attract everyone who likes strolling and loves French design, clothing and interior with a little something extra typical exclusively to this particular part of the world.

Rates: approximately USD 130 (breakfast excluded).

The Promenade a Sarovar Hotel in Pondicherry

The Promenade overlooks the beautiful Bay of Bengal, and is a 5-minute walk from Pondicherry Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, 3 dining options and free parking on site. Wi-Fi access is provided for free in the entire hotel.

Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with a desk, a personal safe and satellite television. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries. Guests can request for in-room reflexology and massage services.

A 24-hour laundry service is offered. The staff at the tour desk can assist with making travel arrangements. Baggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk.

Offering nice views of the ocean, Lighthouse Restaurant serves grilled dishes and seafood. Blueline, the 24-hour restaurant, serves oriental and Mediterranean dishes. Drinks and light snacks can be enjoyed at Risque Bar.

Promenade is next to Bharti Park, and 1 km from Pondicherry Railway Station. It is within a 10-minute walk of the Pondicherry Museum, the French War Memorial and Aurobindo Ashram. The Pondicherry Bus Depot is 2 km away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Magic Water Treatment at Dune

The Watsu ® is a method inspired by the Zen Shiatsu developed by Harold Dull in California in the early 80s and it is now spreading worldwide, including in India. The Watsu ® treatment is done in warm water and rebalances all our energies. It is based on techniques and theories of Eastern philosophy for the recovery and maintenance of psychophysical well-being. It is a very gentle method using the therapeutic properties of water kept at body temperature. The patient floats feeling the rhythmic movement of the water, the combination of a light acupressure of energy points, stretching, rocking as if he was back in his mother’s womb.

This treatment allows the water element to release tensions in muscles and joints, clearing blockages on the physical, emotional and mental levels. The feeling of weightlessness transforms the perception of space and time bringing a deep sense of relaxation. It is said that one hour of Watsu is equivalent to four hours of sleep.
Recently an Asian spa association voted Watsu “best treatment” of all therapies offered in Asian spas.

View a 10 minute video by Harold Dull introducing Watsu and its use in clinics and spas.

Hydrotherapy,involves the use of water for soothing pains and treating diseases. Its use has been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Egyptian royalty bathed with essential oils and flowers, while Romans had communal public baths for their citizens which they called S.P.A meaning Sanitas Per Aqua (health through water).

Today, hydrotherapy is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, spondylitis or spinal cord injuries and in patients suffering from stroke or paralysis.

Ayurveda at Dune

Paradise SPA provides more than 5O external and Internal therapies from a simple relaxing experience to complete cure for serious medical problems. Packages for Long Treatment and Detoxifications Programs of 1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days are available.


Ayurvedic Massages • Ayurveda Disease Management • Ayurveda Discovery • 1, 2 & 3 Day Program
Detoxification Program • Panchakarma Chikitsa • Rejuvenation Program • Rasayana Chikitsa
Anti Stress Program • Manashanti • Slimming Program • Lekhaneeyam Chikitsa
Beauty Care Program • Soundarya Chikitsa

Free for All
7.00 to 8.00 AM & 11.00 to 12.00AM

Asanas for Children
4.00 to 5.00 PM

6.00 to 7.00PM

Private Lesson On Request

Free for All
7.00 AM to 7.00 PM

Dune Paradise Spa

Welcome to Paradise Spa !

The team of healers at Paradise Spa are delighted to receive you in their unique Healing Space. Our Spa has been created to provide you with highly effective therapies from around the world, an international range of ancient healing methods as well as the latest alternative systems of medicine.

In our Spa you will experience travel through space and time, touching the inner core of your body, mind and soul. After our treatment you will emerge refreshed and released of all tensions as a pure soul of Paradise!

Let the ancient Divine Sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda rejuvenate your body and nourish your cells with “Amrit” the nectar of immortality from the gods. We offer you ayurvedic therapies and medicines from the most renowned family of South India.

Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology and much more, all will help you to unwind and boost your energy.

Through Aromatherapy your moods are transcended and your tensions and unease are replaced with ecstatic bliss.

After going through all these body and soul-purifying therapies, you can now enter the Ultimate: Magic Water Treatments. With the “Watsu” you have to forget, forgive and let go, allowing the primordial Mother Water to regenerate and recreate you as a perfect being, just the way you were when you were born in the Garden of Eden.

Our Ayurvedic beauty treatments will finally take care of your physical outer glow letting your new vitality shine through your hair and skin.

To experience all these we recommend you use this place to the maximum - try our unique package programs and let us restore you to a state of Balance and Unity. Please feel free to get in touch with us for our latest spa brochure. Kindly check with reservation for the current availability of various treatments/therapies.

Paradise SPA is a 12.500 square meter facility including 14 treatments rooms, a Yoga hall, an Ayurvedic pharmacy, a medicinal laboratory, an Aromatherapy steam house, a heated chlorine-free swimming pool, a Multigym, a Spa shop and a Beauty treatment center. The entire structure is surrounded by a beautiful garden of Ayurvedic plants, Aromatherapy herbs and many relaxing areas.

Seafoodbar at Dune

By the beach, next to the swimming pool and the children playground, 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.

Fun Restaurant at Dune

A rich fusion of traditional Indian and Continental recipes are innovatively made to give you an unforgetable experience. Our 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 we propose 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 always. This encourages people to meet, chat and interact with each other.

Our 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. You are also most welcome to teach our chef a special recipe. We provide room service.

Dune Accommodation

Our bungalows are sparsely spread and discreetly hidden over 30 acres and 700m of beach front. Each one is of a unique inspiration, furniture, size, facility, ranging from ones for couples to ones for families or friends with lounge and private gardens.

They are known for their commitment to reduce the impact on the environment. They are partly built using reclaimed building material from South Indian Colonial houses, Chettinad palaces and Kerala planter’s mansions. They are fully equipped with Solar hot water system, low comsuption bulbs and Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Not all our accommodation have air conditioning for environmental reasons and we have most of the time a refreshing sea breeze.

We are proud to introduce our 4 new bungalows: The Wood Houses, The Pool House, The Courtyard House.

Dune Eco Beach Village & Spa

The Dune eco village resort & spa, pondicherry is a thematic hotel designed to cater to the growing demand for long stay destinations with soul and comfort where cultures, ideas and people merge with one another.

A 35 acre eco-friendly beach hotel with unique 30 aesthetic villas and 20 rooms fusing modern and traditional architecture, swimming pool, organic farm, tennis court… and 700m of sea front, welcoming guests all through the year.

The 2 restaurants serve healthy gourmet fusion food, prepared using organically farmed vegetables.

Paradise Spa offers Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga and meditation as well as many alternative therapies including Watsu.

The Dune is the base for AIR (Artists In Residence) a programme providing work studios for Artists from all around the world. We also shelter the activities of “Children Of The World India”, a charitable trust with an organic model farm and a catering school for Tsunami affected youngsters.

It is Located on the Coramandel coast of Tamil Nadu, South India, 150 km south of Chennai (Madras) and just 15 Kms from the heart of Pondicherry on the east coast Road.

The Dune cherishes the spirit "to live in harmony with nature and men". For ages, swamis (Holy Men) from the nearby temples of Mahabalipuram used this scenic beach reserve as a place of pilgrimage and meditation.
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