Having lived in India for over 3 years we have experienced all levels of hotels in differing states. This is really at the core a nice concept with great staff. The staff were helpful, attentive and kind (with activity at cow & pottery written off as a language barrier). The concept is good... Large acreage, with your own bike to get around at your convenience (needing new locks and some oil). Fun activities for the kids but there was no schedule in our room as told on check in. We missed the activities the first day. The second day we couldn't find the cows and although we arrived before timing was over we were told no. Another guest stepped in and helped translate but it was a rushed experience albeit kind of cool. Pottery was the same story- my kids barely got to make a pot but the adult woman was given plenty of time and helped to make a nice dish. The next day someone had broken my sons pot that was set out to dry by the staff...hummm? Our last morning at checkout we noticed a chaulk board around the corner with all sorts of information, wish it wasn't tucked away. Beach was close and we could hear the waves from the pool side restaurant although we couldn't see them. It's funny to me to build a restaurant & hotel on the beach with no view (with the exception of the tower room, I think?). The beach was fun though, the kids played and we walked to both ends picking up shells.The "Portal" ( entry) to the beach is creative and makes for a great pic. The pool was very well done and the little restaurant next to it quaint, although everything shut down right before sunset... again a bit bizarre. The main restaurant was well managed, the food good and serene. I've eaten a lot of Dosas and Sambar, and these were some of the best yet, served at breakfast as part of a copious buffet. We stayed in the Gramam suite which was dark had shoddy drapes and was missing the touch that would give the feel of artsy luxury. We are from Texas... Austin is the heart of zainy luxury, salt of the earth yet cultured. EcoDune was so close to being great but missed the mark. If it had not cost so much my expectations would have been lower and then I think I would have walked away saying it was brilliant. You should not charge 5 star prices for a 3 star experience... maybe I just got the wrong suite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our village is designed for travelers who are looking for a place for a long, leisurely stay surrounded by tranquility, peace, and comfort. This 25-acre eco-friendly beach village features uniquely designed bungalows and cottages, a swimming pool, a tennis court and 700m of pristine beach. The Dune welcomes guests all through the year. We aim to create an environment "to live in harmony with nature and men". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Dune Beach Village