Recently, my friends and I visited Dune, an Eco Village Beach Resort, 17 kms before Pondicherry. The resort is run by a French couple. The resort has nearly 65 themed houses and spread over 35 acres of land. No two bungalows are alike, and each one is uniquely designed and created by various artists, designers and architects from all around the world. All the houses are fully equipped with solar water systems, low consumption bulbs and organic linen. Not all their accommodation has air conditioning for environmental reasons, however, most of the time, there is a refreshing sea breeze which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own private garden, lounge or terrace.
We arrived at the resort by 11:00am and went straight to the reception. We had booked for a Baywatch house that faces the sea. However on arrival, the manager indicated to us that the previous guests had still not vacated and may leave only by 3pm despite the check out being 12pm and the check in being at 11am. We did not want to make a fuss so instead asked the manager if there are any other rooms which are available. He indicated that there is a Bamboo house that is available but again that will be open for us by 1pm as the cleaning was going on. We still had two hours to go for our check in. In the meantime, the manager suggested we take a quick look at the Bamboo house and tour the resort before checking in. So, we walked to the Bamboo house which was 4 minutes from the reception. We saw the Bamboo house and it looked extremely spacious and nice. The toilet looked spacious too, had a nice shower and wash basin and many mirrors. There were three beds, one table, two chairs, mini fridge, wardrobe with a security locker, two table fans, one ceiling fan and low dim lights. It appeared very cozy and relaxing. There was a lounge area which had 3 sofas, two glass top tables and a ceiling fan. Even more interesting, there was a hammock outside the house too.
The manager asked us if we would like to take a look at the other restaurants, swimming pool and the way to the beach. We said yes and continued walking to these places. On the way, we saw a tennis court and volleyball court too. We started liking the place and it was time for us to make a decision to opt between a Bamboo House and the Baywatch House which we initially booked for. After a long discussion, we decided to opt for the bamboo House. Since the cleaning was in progress, we paid the rent and then took the bicycles, a part of the resort which each guest gets, and rode to the restaurant that faces the restaurant. We had a couple of drinks and nibble before we checked in.
At 1:30pm, we checked in to our rooms and relaxed for a while before venturing out. During the night, we used 2 table fans and the ceiling fan while sleeping as the room was getting hotter considering it is summer time. We had a good undisturbed sleep that night. The next morning, we used the swimming pool which was extremely clean and nice despite a couple of crows drinking water to quench their thirst. The water was a bit cold and soothing to beat the heat. We had breakfast and dinner the previous night at the main restaurant situated in the middle of the resort.
Overall, we were extremely satisfied with Dune Resort and strongly recommend to people who want to unwind for a day or two along with their spouse/family. For those who want to spend their honeymoon or pamper yourselves, I suggest you to choose the Tower Suite, which is the only house on the top and has a Jacuzzi. It also face the sea and has a breathtaking view of the entire environment. We were told that it is a bit more expensive than other rooms but is definitely worth it.
Minimum Rate Per Night – Rs 5500/-.