Mahabalipuram’s first exclusive beach resort, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, was officially launched on 15 January 2016 as part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies. Set near the UNESCO world heritage site of Mahabalipuram, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort features world-class accommodation with ocean front suites and rooms, and three dining experiences including a specialty Chinese restaurant. The Resort offers rejuvenating spa journeys and family experiences with unrivalled IHG® hospitality standards.
The opening was marked by IHG’s Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia and Bryan Gabriel, Director of Commercial, South West Asia, who joined Vijai Singh, General Manager of the Resort and Arindam Kunar, Area General Manager, South India, for an inaugural address. Media personalities from across the country arrived to join the occasion and unwind, experience the wide range of facilities at the Resort.
Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia said, “Mahabalipuram forms part of South India’s glorious history and InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort encapsulates authentic aspects of the soul of Madras. With an encouraging response from local and global markets since the soft-opening in October 2015, we started out what promised to be a successful first year of operations. We take tremendous pride in the Resort, which is the latest addition to IHG’s revamped resort collection.”
Vijai Singh, General Manager, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort said, “We are thrilled to welcome guests from India and around the world to a truly special East Coast luxury resort experience. We promise to offer our guests personal connect and unparalled service. The Resort is the owning company’s second partnership with IHG® since the agreement with their sister hotel brand Crowne Plaza in Chennai in 2015. ”
The 105 room Resort offers a full range of facilities and amenities to guests, including an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped health club and a spa, Amrtam by Escenza that offers relaxing therapies and signature treatments from across the world, Ayurveda and yoga. The Resort’s expansive and versatile indoor and outdoor venues are ideal for conferences, meetings, and special occasions such as wedding celebrations.
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort offers three gourmet dining options which includes The Melting Pot: Market Cafe with three live kitchens that serves the best of European, South Asian and Peninsular Indian cuisine, a Chinese Specialty Restaurant, Tao Of Peng, and Off The Hook, a beachside grill and seafood restaurant. The Gatsby Lounge offers guests classic cocktails and more, in an ambience inspired by the spirit of the roaring twenties and the jazz age.
Design & Decor
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort has been designed by CV Sydney, a firm which is an offspring of the renowned Singapore based Kerry Hill design firm. In addition to the breath-taking view, the hotel has state-of-the-art architecture and décor to add to the luxurious experience of world-class accommodation, personalised service, and dedicated amenities.
The architectural and design philosophy is a seamless expression where aesthetics of the Resort embrace the authenticity of its milieu, climate and history. One of the main design elements is the proportion of the ‘Golden Mean’, as also mirrored in the interiors.
While the living spaces capitalise on stunning views and landscaped gardens, it provides the guest with choreography: the public areas designed to facilitate interaction and social behaviour while the rooms are spaces offering respite and contemplation. A series of cultural moments punctuate the journey of the guests through the Resort.
While couples unwind in the relaxing ambience of the Resort, Planet Trekkers offers activities to keep children engaged through the day. The Club InterContinental Lounge, another of IHG’s Hallmarks, offers exclusive service for guests staying in the East Coast Suites. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort is one of the only resorts in South India to offer a dedicated Concierge, staying true to IHG’s promise of offering authentic experiences that are immersed in the destinations across the world.
IHG® currently has 25 hotels operating across four brands in 14 cities in India, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express with a further 51 hotels in the development pipeline.