Just wanted to take a short relaxing break with family and staying in Chennai, resorts in ECR were the obvious choices. Checked the availability, most of them were sold out due to Christmas/holidays. However, managed to get a room in this property. Booked through Travelguru portal, redirected from Tripadvisor. The booking procedure was easy and simple.
Check-in was at 14:00hrs, we arrived at around 15:30hrs and we were welcomed with cold towels and welcome drink. The check-in formalities were over in about 5 minutes and were directed to the room. The room was good and nicely done. Good wooden furnishing and had a view of the swimming pool from a distance. The ‘Sea-view’ room was just as what the description says 🙂 a view of the sea from the room, far away though. The mini-bar was well-stocked with some beer, spirits and snacks. Somehow these old buildings, renovated with furnishing from ‘those’ times doesn’t impress me much. I would rather prefer brand new fittings, furniture, etc. That’s my preference, of course.
We stepped out to take a look of the property, and the swimming pool was very good and was obviously busy at around 16:30 hrs. We had a look at the beach and the bay view restaurant beside it. A nice private beach, lifeguards and security were alert. We took a ride on the battery-operated vehicle and went around the resort and it was enjoyable. They have about four or five of them to escort guests between their rooms and the main building. Some rooms can be far away and might take about 5-10 minutes by walk.
Swimming pool was in general well-maintained, however, some light fittings here and there were loose. There is a bar counter beside the swimming pool. I didn’t order from there, but I presume they serve pretty much everything as in the bar.
Kids playroom was closed around 19:30 and it would have been good if it was open for longer.
We had dinner and breakfast the next day at Seagull. The attention to detail in service could have been better in the restaurant, I have reviewed it separately here.
Next morning, myself and my son took a bicycle ride around the property and that was fairly good. There were some activities like fish-feeding, tattoo-painting, balloon-sculpting and that was good and kept the kids busy. We checked out around 12:30hrs and the check-out was normal.
Overall, it was definitely a very enjoyable stay in this place, but it wasn’t out of the world as I would expect from a name like Taj.
Of course I would visit again and recommend it to friends.
Visited December 2013