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The sun’s best when taken with a dash of surf in our city. So here’s where you should head to on the ECR for quick summer breaks

WITH over 60-odd hotels and resorts, on 113 kilometres of coast, your search for rest and rejuvenation this summer ends right here on the East Coast Road. Our pick of places with season’s deals offer accommodation, as well as fun activities like kayaking, therapeutic spa treatments and beach cricket. So pack your bags and drive down. Text: Lalitha Ranjani

Dune Eco Village and Spa
Go for a swim, rejuvenate with yoga or opt for fun activities like pottery, milking cows or flying kites at the Dune Eco Village and Spa. Known for its quaint architecture and free-spirited cottages, their ‘Indulge at the Dune’ offer comprises two-night and three day stay for two, inclusive of breakfast and a four-course dinner with dishes like the East India fish curry and tender coconut payasam. Rs 15,950++. Till July 31. Details: 09364455440

Bayview - Vivanta by Taj-Fisherman's Cove, Chennai
Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove

Get your dose of romance at Fisherman’s Cove, where you can dine from a customised menu and enjoy a glass of bubbly (or two) at their Watch Tower. Available only for in-house guests (at an extra cost of Rs 25,000 onwards for two). The summer deal includes a two
-night stay from Rs 27,000 onwards per room on double occupancy, with breakfast. Valid till September 30. Details: 67413333

 

DSC_1015Grande Bay Resort and Spa
Go deep sea fishing in fibre boats and, if you are lucky, catch some pomfret or parla. The resort also features the award-winning restaurant, L’attitude 49, which serves Asian and Continental fare. Their ‘Overnight Escapes’ package starts from Rs 7,699++ (inclusive of breakfast and lunch/dinner for one day). They also have ‘A Day @ Grande Bay’ deal, starting at Rs 4,499++, with access to the pool. At Mamallapuram. Valid till June 30. Details: 9840260672

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With three acres dedicated to ATV rides (for two), plans are on for the resort to sport a new look—with an activity zone comprising a movie hall and a spa. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy cricket and volleyball in the premises. A two-night and three-day package is priced from Rs 14,999 onwards (chalet) and Rs 16,999 onwards (villa). It ncludes breakfast, lunch or dinner. At Confluence Banquets and Resort, Poonjeri. Valid till September 30. Details: 9600019195

Water Edge CafeRadisson Blu Temple Bay
With a majestic view of the Shore Temple, the Radisson Blu Temple Bay resort has zorbing for kids, besides bicycle trails and walks to the heritage monuments in Mahabalipuram. At `20,800 onwards for two nights and three days, their package includes breakfast for two at the Water’s Edge Café and high tea. While there, pamper yourself at the GRT Bodhi Spa, with a revitalising aromachologie massage to revitalise the senses. From Rs 3,750 plus tax. Till August 31. Details: 27443636

InterContiICMM-Dinner by the Baynental Chennai
Featuring Athangudi tiles that go for miles and wooden bathtubs that resemble coracles, the resort offers activities like kayaking, wind surfing and dolphin watching (at `6,000 per head). Kids can also try their hand at traditional games like pallanguzhi. Priced at `29,999++ onwards, the two-night stay includes breakfast, and food and beverage credit of Rs 4,000 per room (double occupancy). Valid till September 30. At InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort. Details: 71720101

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