Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its exuberant group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries.
It is known especially for its rathas-temples in the form of chariots, mandapas – cave sanctuaries, giant open-air reliefs such as the famous ‘Descent of the Ganges’, and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. It is so fascinating to see structures so old, surviving innumerable natural and man-made calamities and still have power to leave you impressed.
Where to stay The Luxurious property Inter Continental Chennai is what luxurious getaways are made of, situated just 45 minutes away from Chennai. With the Bay of Bengal as backdrop, this resort property is where serenity meets hospitality. The property boasts architecture that will leave you stunned, a massive property with 3 water bodies – beach, the lotus pond and pool, leave each room with a view to enjoy. The long pathways, huge pillars and coromandel style architecture will ensure you don’t step out of the property throughout your stay.
Arrive in style From the moment you arrive, you will be pampered by the Inter-Continental’s unobtrusive service and unparalleled amenities. A BMW car with chauffer picks you up from airport and brings you to the stunning property, giving you the taste of what awaits you for your stay. Once you arrive you can enjoy a private check-in at the Club Inter Continental Lounge, where you will be received by your butler and shown to your tastefully appointed accommodation.
Rooms Every Club Inter Continental room strikes an exquisite blend of luxury and design and comes with enhanced amenities such as complimentary Private Bar access and a special pillow menu to make your stay a special one. The Rooms and Suites at the Resort are truly world-class and designed to suggest opulence while remaining accommodative. Designed to match the grandeur of the exteriors, each apartment functions as a fully contained living space with all the comforts and conveniences you desire. 92 finely appointed rooms in various categories overlook the grand water-scaped bio pond and central courtyard, while 13 suites extend outwards with a view of the ocean. Every room is fitted with lavish bathroom amenities, including a bathtub and a separate shower space. Their ‘At Your Side’ butler services extend to planning your daily activities and scheduling your meetings, even oraginising special rendezvous within and outside the resort.
Restaurants The property has 3 exclusive restaurants. The Melting Pot that overlooks Lotus Pond is surrounded by the rooms. It has live kitchen churning out the best in European, South Asian and Peninsular Indian cuisine. We really enjoyed the sea food counter, kebabs and desserts. Tao of Peng- Facing the undulated and vast landscape gardens, this Chinese specialty restaurant offers a gastronomical experience. Its cavernous entry sets the mood for an enigmatic and alluring experience, and the chef’s interpretation of contemporary Chinese cuisine, inspired by classical flavours of Hunan and Canton takes you into a journey of a thousand bites. The Gatsby Lounge- inspired by the ‘roaring 20s’ in America, this bar and lounge is accessible to guests staying in suites and offer a personalized breakfast option just for you, a mini buffet spread that is treat to your eyes as well as taste buds. It also offers live musical performances and pub ambience that makes it an ideal destination for a laid back evening.
Spa Long pillared pathway leads to the Spa, with a beautiful view of wide spead Greenland that ends at the Beach. The Amrtam Spa by Escenza is dedicated to meet highest levels of body care and relaxation treatments in a spectacular ocean-view setting. Drawing inspiration from traditional Eastern medicines and naturopathy, their treatments are designed to restore balance to the body, harnessing all the curative effects of Ayurveda and other holistic practices.
Must Try Dine by Design at KoKoMMo- the tiki bar Spend a romantic evening under the star-spangled sky, let the waves and cool ocean breeze serenade you as you indulge in a cozy private dining experience in your own little marquee tent for two. The chef designs an exclusive menu and attends to you through your meal. Sitting so close to the waves and gorging on delightful food, it surely added to one of our best moments and can make your special day multiplied by a whole new level. ‘A Guide to Glamping’ Itching to be one with nature but reluctant to forgo your morning cappuccino? this resort has a perfect answer to an intimate outdoor evening in a Private Tent for a couple at its beautiful platform gardens- Sama overlooking the spectacular Bay of Bengal. With a bucket of beer for the Gentlemen and artisanal spirits for the Ladies, you can sit on the sprawling lawns and observe the moon as it takes its majestic position in the sky while the Resort arranges for an open-air movie experience under the stars or just lets you snuggle up to your special one for some pillow talk! Know More – www.ihg.com Restaurant -Tao of Peng