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The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry
Ranked #16 of 83 Hotels in Pondicherry
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The first weekend of Feb 2013 was just a blissful experience as we happened to spend our time at The Windflower Resort. I shall not discuss in detail but shall give you the positives and negative aspect of this hotel:

Positive:

1. The Hotel is located at the most ideal place of the earth. It is surrounded by back waters. and you can view beach as well from your room. So you get to see a still water and a movie water (little far though)
2. The resort has a good play area for kids with white ducks walking around.. Beware they are defensive if you try to tease them.
3. There is availability of boating facility inside the hotel, you can travel by to the beach by taking the boat (it is chargeable you need to pay 100 Rs - not free for people staying in rooms as well)
4. If you are staying in a studio room on the ground floor or on private cottages with a pool, the balcony opens up to a beautiful lawn with fantastic view ever. You can sit hours in your balcony reading books and enjoy the
5. The breakfast spread was excellent. From South India to North Indian and Continental - yu have them all.
6. Swimming pool was super clean.
7. The rooms are spacious.
8. Bathrooms are spacious with a inbuilt dressing.
9. There were two showerrooms one which was closed and one which was open.. The open showeroom is a show stealer you actually take bath in a lush green environment under a open sky (Safe)
10. All the basic amenities are offered.
11. The TV hosts all the channels - unlike many hotels which has a limited access to channels.
12. There is a chess floor in between the garden it is super time pass thing to do.
13. The entrance is fantastic with a Lord Buddha's peaceful idol up and chandelier with leaves attached - when the air passes through it you can hear the sound of trees.
14. Staff is friendly and humble.


Areas to Improve:

1. Spa is nothing great located in closed rooms and expensive enough. A Body massage shall cost you around Rs. 2500/-
2. Just one drinking bottle is offered in complimentary
3. You need to keep travelling off the main road.. 3 Kms inside. The Management needs to add a proper sighboard outside which is big enough to observe and clearly mention that "It Is 3 KMs Inside" so that we can make a perception accordingly while driving.
4. Little expensive when it comes to the cost per day per room for 2.
5. The pond around buddha is dirty, I can see dry leaves and dust floating + algae at the bottom of the pond.

Overall, this is the best resort I have been to when compared to my stay at Le Pondy, Ocean Spray or Zest Windflower would be my choice - EVERYTIME!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a good time at The Windflower, Pondicherry and that you rate us among the best in Pondicherry. We have taken note of your comment on the areas where we can improve and will work on the same to make every guest experience a memorable one. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower soon.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Nice hotel. Nice people. But we were not lucky for two things. There was a group of more then 40 young people from a company, and they were very, very noisy. We couldn't speak between us in the restaurant. But if they would not have been there it would have been nice, except no A.C. In the restaurant for the time we were! They said the problem will be fixed in the next days.
The evening a man from the restaurant put a table outside for us (thank you) and we were fine, because inside it was very very hot.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your stay at The Windflower Pondicherry
was a good one. We apologize for the non-functional AC in the dining area which has thereafter been fixed. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower location soon.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

We went as a big group & stayed in 12 Suites & 3 Villas for 3 days. Since we have experienced various Windflower properties & we knew what to expect. And they delivered it all. The Suites & the Villas were excellent. Our group had 16 Kids & all of them enjoyed the most.The Food was awesome on all 3 days. Chef Baskar, needs some spl mention. Chef & his team made our trip.

Few things that can be improved...

The chlorine content in the water of the main pool was pretty high, which has to be checked.
But the water in the Pool Villa's were good.

Most of the indoor games equipment were not in good order. It needs to be repaired/replaced.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your stay at The Windflower Pondicherry
was a good one. We will look into the chlorine content of the main pool and also the play equipment and do the needful to ensure that other guests are not inconvenienced. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower location soon.

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Having been to other Windflowers before, I had a very good idea of what to expect. Even then, it was a pleasant surprise when we walked in to the resort. The staff were very courteous and the front desk personnel were very quick with checkin formalities. The Studio room we were given had a balcony overlooking the backwaters. The room is spacious and extremely well maintained. The bathroom is also large and very functional.

The location of the resort is a little quirky, it doesn't directly face the beach but it is only a 10 minute walk to get the pristine and beautiful Paradise beach. Getting to the resort is a little confusing, you may have to ask around a bit or rely on Google Maps or GPS. But once you reach there, you simply do NOT want to go out again!

The food is superb and a wide variety of dishes are on offer for all. The Chef must be congratulated for the quality of the food and the restaurant staff are also very courteous and smiling all the time.

We had a wonderful time there and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone planning a visit.

Advice: If you are driving there from Bangalore, take the Krishnagiri - Vellore - Arni - Chetpet - Tindivanam route, instead of the direct (pot-hole filled) route. You will get there faster and in a much better frame of mind.

Room Tip: Rooms with balconies towards the water side are obviously better than the ones facing inwards.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you had a good time at The Windflower, Pondicherry. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower soon.

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Reviewed 1 February 2013

We were there for 4 days and really enjoyed it. It did what we needed - relaxed, peaceful, chilled out! We landed very early morning but they still found a room for us and it was quickly arranged. The pool is nice (although they could do with sun umbrellas), hotel extremely well kept and clean, staff friendly and food lovely.

The beach is close and although it still maintains its beauty, the locals clearly have a habit of littering around it which is a shame. There were some dead turtles on the beach but neither of these last two points are the hotel's responsibility.

Overall, would visit again - loved it!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your stay at The Windflower Pondicherry
was a good one. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower location soon.

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Reviewed 30 January 2013

It's a beautiful property, nestled amidst a not-so-appealing neighbourhood. In fact, the access roads can be quite a pain if you do not have a GPS to fall back on. But all the fatigue does a vanishing act once you step into this resort. The serenity of the place engulfs you right at the reception. We had taken the Studio Room which was quite spacious. It had a fairly decent sized balcony, overseeing the lush green lawns and the beach beyond them. This room can easily accommodate 3 adults and a child. Good food spread, delightful spa services, helpful and amiable staff, along with efficient housekeeping made our stay quite enjoyable. The only flip side is the beach's distance from the resort. It's a 10 minutes walk and that too with an escort as the path runs through a patch of local neighborhood. But it's not reason enough to deter me from going there again!

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2013

Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are delighted to know that your stay at Windflower Pondicherry was a good one. We are happy that we matched up to your expectations. We will look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower soon.

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Reviewed 28 January 2013

Very good property. Great view from studio rooms on first floor. Decent spread in food. Cordial and attentive staff. Rooms are spacious enough if not huge. The property is slightly inside the main road, but worth a visit for relaxing and refreshing view it offers.
Beach was also amazing and not too crowded. Relatively safe from currents also...compared to other beaches in vicinity...
Beach visit in small boat, through shallow water-body is also an enjoyable experience mainly for kids.
Some Suggestions: Swimming pool could do better with regular cleaning and shades to protect from sun when relaxing on poolsides. They must have taps/showers on entry from beach side, for one has to carry the beach sand to rooms...

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Vinitarashinkar, Director-Marketing at The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2013

Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that your stay at The Windflower Pondicherry
was a good one. We look forward to welcoming you to another Windflower location soon.

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Address: Survey No. 198/1,198/2 Maraimalai Adigal Street | Manavely Revenue Village, Chinnaveeram Pattinam, Ariyankuppam Post, Pondicherry 605007, India
Region: India > Union Territory of Pondicherry > Pondicherry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 83 Hotels in Pondicherry
Price Range: £90 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Windflower Resort and Spa Pondicherry 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in picturesque ChinnaVeerampattinam, The Windflower Resort & Spa Pondicherry is perched between backwaters and bright blue ocean. Stroll along the beach, if the mood strikes you. Race the gulls to the horizon. Step around seashells, and spider crabs. Watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Or, take a romantic little cruise along the backwaters. Have a quiet picnic lunch on the banks of a stream. Walk about shooting the birds on film. The resort features large airy rooms with views of the water or of the gardens. Indulge in our Bistro with the foods of the land and RE- EMERGE with our spa. The Windflower Resort & Spa Pondicherry is waiting... ... more   less 
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