Winter break tip: The Dune Eco-Village & Spa

An eco-village with 52 individual villas each designed with a different theme. A luxury, green resort to completely escape!

This winter break, why not try a holiday with a difference?

In southeastern India, in the State of Tamil Nadu on the banks of the Gulf of Bengal, Dune offers an oasis of gentle surroundings, surging forth from sandy soil that up to seven years ago had remained untouched. Located 12 km north of the historical city of  Pondicherry, Dune is a bona fide ecovillage set amidst 15 hectares of splendid nature and shaped around the themes of ecology, sustainable development and well-being.

Some fifty ecological dwellings, built using recycled materials and decorated with the talent of local artists and craftspeople, are tucked into this spot near the ocean within a park featuring 1,000 species of plants and flowers. 

Each “villa” is individually designed by the owner Dimitri Klein and architects Mancini so each has its own individual personality and is a work of art in its own right. Catering for all budgets, guests can choose from nature cooled, standard, suites & luxury suites

Dune is also an organic garden with its own farm on site growing much of the fresh food eaten by the guests. The award winning restaurants, Food-U-Need & the seafood bar, blend Southern India with French cuisine and diners can also enjoy an Ayurdevic menu

With an international range of healing methods and the latest alternative systems of medicine, the Paradise Spa can restore a state of balance and unity. In addition to yoga, Ayurvedic treatments & massages, experience the wonders of Watsu – water shiatsu. 

Here, luxury, tranquility and opulence are everywhere. Dune is the ideal spot for a stay dedicated to relaxation, rejuvenation and touring southern India to discover its beauties and treasures.

With the commitment to sustainable development Dune has been built, where possible, using recycled or salvaged material including wood from a Kerala house, a reclaimed rubber planter house, Chettinad Palaces and colonial houses – and they are decorated by local artists and craftspeople. Water is solar-heated, wastewater is recycled, lamps are low-consumption.

Dune is located north of the former French colony Pondicherry, close to  the utopian township Auroville and 80 miles south of Chennai airport with flights direct from Heathrow on British Airways.

Interested? To find out more, visit The Dune Eco-Village & Spa website.

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