Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram
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 twice, and this resort is beyond compare. Nestling beside the turbulent Bay of Bengal, Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram is an exclusive boutique retreat with many special features.
Retreat to Revitalize
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, and family vacations. Office days out. Rejuvenation, friends holidaying together, destination weddings or for a romantic break,
The resort caters for romance with fitting settings for honeymooners; its large and open spaces create a sense of calm. It ensures 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. Loungers and umbrellas on the sand help soak in the ambience.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, then you can choose from an array of water sports or obstacle courses. Or take a dip in the pool or the sea. But if you are in lazy mode; 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. It is flanked by cottages on either side, the main building on one end and the panoramic Bay of Bengal.
I knew I would love the resort when I set eyes on it. Lush green landscaping and wide open spaces are like manna for city dwellers. The welcome ceremony at Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram; is very extraordinary. The traditional tikka and the matchless garland of shells followed by refreshing coconut water are served in their shells.
Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram
The resort buildings harmoniously blend into the natural terrain, giving it a feel of Greek architecture and French villas. We were 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 were just the welcome for me. I splashed around in it like a kid. Once the door to my cottage was open, 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. The other upscale amenities like a minibar, and sit-outs with beach views. The interiors are comfortable, keeping in mind the relaxation 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.
There is 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. 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 around the clock is always with a smile.
The Wi-Fi connectivity made me post my whereabouts on social media. My friends were full of envy at my good fortune and wanted to join me over the weekend. The baby pool with inflatable balls and a catamaran is a kid’s dream. In these days of nuclear families’ parents look forward to spending some quality time with their partners. The children’s play area keeps the kids out of their hair.
Fun and Dining
The settings appeal to the romantic in me and are relaxing in a unique and rustic way. They have lined the resort with several dining choices. 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 and 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 spirit. This is THE place to unwind with friends or family.
The Sea Food Restaurant is bang on the beach. 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.
The 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 a 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 chosen venue. Be it 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. It is the perfect venue for weddings and cocktail dinners and product launches. Poolside parties are the trend and our group was playing ball in the pool. We were served tea/coffee and snacks right there.
Team Building / Day outing activity centre-
The Chariot Neighbourhood Adventure Activity Village is exhilarating. It presents many 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. They have designed a tailor-made OBT program for corporate and leisure groups.
Corporate Company’s Day Out
Most corporate companies take their team out here. 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. They help plan everything from the pre-wedding pedicure to the ideal menu. Or be it arranging for transportation for family and friends.
They execute flower themes to match the dresses or the décor. Their Pastry Chef presents customized wedding cakes in the flavour of your choice. A wide-ranging assortment of menus is there to choose from. You can pick your own custom-made one. From planning to execution, Chariot handles your entire headache. This gives you time to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy your special day.
The spa is the ultimate stress-buster. It will rejuvenate, and make you look younger and fresh. So book a relaxing Ayurvedic massage to relieve you of your anxiety and stress.
Whether you want to mix and mingle. Or eat, drink, flirt or be merry, the team of Chariot staff has you covered. It was a memorable weekend at the exotic Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram; 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 of the discount.
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