Looking for an upscale beach resort in peninsular India, particularly the Mahabalipuram Coastline? There is only one name that pops up; Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram; The Ultimate Destination! Believe me, I have been to Mahabalipuram a couple of times and this resort is beyond compare. Nestling beside the turbulent Bay of Bengal, Chariot is an exclusive boutique retreat with many special features.
Obviously, we all are running away from the rat race and looking to de-stress, and Chariot gives prominence to this as it is a wellness retreat. Tucked away on the periphery of Mahabalipuram, next to Five Rathas, it is an epitome of luxury, serenity and cosiness. The USP of the resort is that it is the one-stop place for picnics, weekends, family vacation, office day out, for rejuvenation, for friends holidaying together, celebrations like destination weddings or for a romantic break, there is little guests can’t-do on-site.
The resort caters for romance with fitting settings for honeymooners, and its large and open spaces create a sense of calm and ensure privacy for couples who are seeking it with special candlelight dinners on the beach or at the poolside. Guests have direct access to the palm-tree lined private beach with loungers and umbrellas on the sand to soak in the ambience.
If you are an adrenaline junkie then you can choose from an array of water sports or the obstacle course, take a dip in the pool or the sea. But if you are in a lazy mode then relax in a hammock and read or take a walk in the sylvan surroundings.
The layout is such that the Olympic sized swimming pool is the centrifugal point flanked by the cottages on either side, the main building on one end and the panoramic Bay of Bengal makes the other end.
The moment I set eyes on the resort I knew I would love it. The lush green landscaping and wide open spaces are like manna for city dwellers. The welcome ceremony at Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram; The Ultimate Destination was very extraordinary with the traditional tikka and the matchless garland of shells followed by refreshing coconut water served in their shells.
The resort buildings harmoniously blend into the natural terrain giving it a feel of Greek architecture and French villas. I was given a ride to my cottage in a golf cart and then I was overwhelmed with the path leading up to it. The cobbled green path is a natural facet of the layout. A tiny square stone cut out in the entrance with water and flowers was just the welcome for me. I splashed around in it like a kid. Once, the door to my cottage was opened it was like the opening of Aladdin’s cave bursting with treasures. The tall French windows let the outdoors inside and I could view the pool from my bed.
The cottages are bright and contemporary, with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning and other upscale amenities like minibar; a good number have sit-outs with beach views. The interiors were designed keeping in mind the comfort of the guest. Earth colours are my favourite and the earthy colour palette gives it a very restful ambience. The enormous king-sized beds with the springy mattresses floated me to slumberland and I slept like a baby. The décor soothes the senses and comes complete with a lavish washroom facility and a unique option of an open-to-sky shower. I am lactose intolerant and the in-room Tea/Coffee maker was ideal for me as I could brew my own black tea. The masala chai was of very fine quality and the sugar-free options were very thoughtful. Moreover, the whatever/whenever service of the staff member cater to your special requests around-the-clock and always with a smile.
The Wi-Fi connectivity made me post my whereabouts on social media and my friends were full of envy at my good fortune and wanted to join me over the weekend.The baby pool with the inflatable balls and catamaran is a kid’s dream and came with paddles. In these days of nuclear families parents look forward to spending some quality time with their partners and the children’s play area keeps the kids out of their hair.
The settings appeal to the romantic in me and are relaxing in a unique and rustic way. The resort is lined with several dining choices, and its beachfront shares the thrills and scenic seascape of the water sport-filled coastline.
For all your hunger pangs there is Kapi – the Multi Cuisine restaurant that caters to all palates. It offers a spread of Continental, Coastal South Indian delicacies, North Western Frontier delights, Mediterranean cuisine as well as local cuisine.
Paanam means beverage; an apt title for a bar isn’t it? The bar is bang opposite the restaurant.A long mahogany bar takes up one side of the room with wooden tables and chairs occupying the remaining area. There were plenty of tall bar stools arranged for long-legged drinkers who didn’t want to be seated at the tables. The proximity to the pool and the sea is a heady combo with any kind of spirits and is THE place to unwind with friends or family.
Coast – The Sea Food Restaurant is bang-on the beach and it is as if the fresh fish from the sea, lands on your plate to give you a gourmet experience. Treasure the panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal from the seafood restaurant as it whets your appetite.
Chariot has immense space for banquets and business meetings. Orchid, Marigold and Frangipani are the three banquets named after flowers. Orchid has a seating capacity of 320 with a state-of-the-art setup with projector et al for visual media.
Marigold has a capacity of 150 persons in a theatre setup and Frangipani accommodates 75 persons.
When the weather is pleasant the lush Rock Garden is the choice for product launches or dinners and houses 100 to 200 persons. This was where we enjoyed a karaoke night and danced away our blues.
The beachfront lawn looks onto the mighty sea and is the perfect venue for weddings and cocktail dinners as well as product launches. Poolside parties are the trend and our group was playing ball in the pool and were served tea/coffee and snacks right there.
Team Building / Day outing activity centre-The Chariot Neighborhood Adventure Activity Village is exhilarating and presents numerous thrilling and skilled adventurous activities for all ages. For gym junkies, the outdoor gym and adventure-themed activities give them a kick and cycling gives wings to your feet. The trainers are adept in their field and they have designed a tailor-made OBT program for corporate and leisure groups.
Most corporate companies take their team out and Chariot has all the masala to knit the team into a stronger bond. From the Tarzan Swing to Burma Bridge and a dynamic challenging course, there is something for everyone.
Destination weddings are the order of the day and one can create memorable reminiscences of your special day. Beachfront theme weddings are their forte and they help plan everything from the pre-wedding pedicure to the ideal menu or arranging for transportation for family and friends.
Flower themes are executed by them to match the dresses or the décor. Customized wedding cake in the flavour of your choice is presented by their Pastry Chef. A wide-ranging assortment of menus is there to choose from or pick your own custom made one. From planning to execution Chariot handles your entire headache and gives you time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy your special day.
The ultimate stress-buster which would make you look younger and fresh would be the spa so book for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage to relieve you of your anxiety and stress.
Whether you want to mix and mingle, eat, drink, flirt or be merry, the team of Chariot staff has you covered. I had a memorable weekend at the exotic Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram; The Ultimate Destination where I was pampered in the lap of luxury. It is a perfect getaway from the busy and hectic lifestyle of metropolitans and I endorse it absolutely. Please use this code Harje500 to book your rooms through www.chariotbeachresorts.com and avail discount.