Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, about 60km away from Chennai, is a popular destination for anyone heading southwards. A popular option for visitors to this beautiful temple town is the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, which offers a touch of luxury amidst all the antiquity.
This 7th-century port city was earlier known as Mahabalipuram and it’s also known for its association with the Pallava dynasty. It is brimming with historic monuments and lovely architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay is situated along Covelong Road in present-day Mamallapuram. It’s a huge spread — there are 144 guest rooms spread over 44 acres. There’s a mix of accommodation on offer including studio suites, villas and chalets. For those who want heaps of luxurious space there’s a huge bungalow with three master bedrooms, a kitchenette, a private gym, and also a Jacuzzi overlooking the sea. Also, don’t forget the exclusive bar and an open lawn and terrace to host your own parties.
The resort can always fix up sightseeing for you in and around Mamallapuram. But you may be tempted to just hang about and be a water baby in what the resort says is one of Asia’s longest swimming pools (at 220m). Or you could simply relax and putt about the resort’s mini-golf course.
But if you’re keen to stay on the move, the resort can organise a vast variety of games and activities like cycling and even deep sea fishing — there are catamaran trips and guests are accompanied by in-house life guards. You could also play beach volleyball (best for groups though the resort’s staff can be persuaded to join in).
There’s more. The resort features an Ayurvedic therapy centre and a spa. You could get a fish massage here (which involves fish nibbling at your feet).
Of course, the real test lies in the grub. Its restaurants, The Waters Edge Café and The Wharf serve multi-cuisine dishes and tandoors, grills and pasta respectively. You could choose to eat by the pool at the Café, while at The Wharf, pair your food with delectable wines.
You’d have no trouble looking for the poison of your choice at Sindbad and Maritime Tales — Radisson Blu Temple Bay’s bars. They offer a wide range of whiskeys, rums, vodkas, aperitifs and liqueurs. Maritime Tales even serves different alcoholic coffees.
If you like to travel in plutocratic style there’s also a helicopter launch pad to make a stylish arrival or departure. There are also rooms for the physically challenged and Wi-Fi throughout the resort. A plush resort set in a historic town by the sea. What more could you want?
■ The Pool View Chalet is tagged at Rs 11,000 per night on double occupancy basis.
■ The villas cost Rs 14,000 and the studio suites cost Rs 16,000 per night on double
■ The Bay Bungalow is tagged at Rs 80,000.