Best place to stay
on Nov 9, 2019
It was a short vacation to Pondy and the first choice to stay was at Le Pondy. It’s a great Resort with a private access to beach which is very clean. Resort had well sized room to accommodate family of 5 and had all the required facilities conveniently. Pool was clean and clear. Though all the rooms were booked we never felt the crowd and there was no disturbance at any time. Resort had a nice green play area for the kids where they can enjoy playing with rabbits. Food was fantastic with quite a good spread on buffet. We never realised how fast the time was spent there and is a superb place to stay...
Looks and feels beautiful!
on Nov 5, 2019
The place is definitely the most beautiful and so is the location , but the staff is not adjusting, when people are on a holiday they wanna do more like walk on the beach at night, which is not allowed. Breakfast is awesome but maybe lunch and dinner better in the city!
Not Up to International Standards
on Oct 21, 2019
Firstly, this resort is in the state of Pondicherry, not actually in the town of Pondicherry, but 14kms away in a tiny village with no other amenities, along a badly maintained and littered road. We paid for a lake view room with a safe box and were first given a room where the lake could only be seen in the far distance, from behind other buildings and without a safe. We were moved to another room with a safe. Reception staff then lectured us at least 3 times that we mustn't forget the safe code and must leave the safe open on departure. The shaver socket didn't work, the hair dryer was ancient and cut out after 30 seconds (they did replace it though), the phone cable flew out the phone on first use and there were very few English TV channels. The floor was dirty, so the first day we had to wear shoes all the time. On the 2nd day we asked them to clean the room properly. The verandah blinds couldn't be rolled up as many of the cords were broken. The shop was always closed, and when we asked reception staff they said it no longer functioned and there was no shop now. This wasn't actually the case as it did open briefly on our 3rd day. However, it only sold clothes and tourist stuff and as the resort is miles from any other shops a shop selling snacks, ice creams and cold drinks would have been much more useful. The gym consisted of a few dusty, broken pieces of equipment shoved in a corner on the terrace above reception. The spa room, like the bedroom, was tired and uninspiring and in need of cleaning and maintenance. Crows were a constant nuisance littering on the bedroom room verandah and also actually sitting on tables in the restaurant - completely unhygenic. Food hygiene is an issue - jam is put on the table in used jars. Twice we had to ask for the jars to be cleaned. they were greasy on the outside and had food from previous users mingled with the jam inside. We asked if there was any transport available to go into Pondicherry, and were quoted an outrageous amount, so much so that we reduced our 5 night stay to 2 nights. Staff need training and better management, and their English was often difficult to understand.
We'd heard such great reviews about this place in the past, it was really sad to see how it seems to have gone down. The only positive parts of our stay (and reason for a 2 score) were the very clean and nice pool, the beach access and large gardens (sadly, also in need of work). Everything here could be so much better but we got the feeling the owner's interests are now elsewhere.
Average Food at an Exotic Location
on Oct 19, 2019
I visited Le Pondy for a business dinner. The property was exquisite, well maintained and ideally situated beside a lake and the sea. The atmosphere and environment was great for an evening meal.
We ordered seafood. However, I was disheartened as the taste of the food was no match for this exquisite location. Th e food was at or slightly below average.
Great location, average food.
Lovely quiet property by the beach
on Oct 15, 2019
Stayed at the Presidential villa for 3 nights. It’s a lovely quiet property far from the hustle bustle from the city. Perfect for a weekend getaway and some quality family time. Huge property near the beach, well maintained and the food is good too. The staff is really nice and helpful. Only issue is they should work on WiFi connectivity especially in the rooms. ! Definitely recommended