TOP 10 BEST BEACH RESORTS IN EAST COAST ROAD (ECR), CHENNAI

By | November 12, 2018

Beach Resorts in ECR (East Coast Road) between Chennai and Mahabalipuram are among the best in India next only to Goa. People looking for best beach resorts in Chennai then ecr is the good place because most resorts have private beach overlooking the sea with huts lined up on the coast and beach volleyball courts.

With the growth of OMR as an IT corridor, ECR resorts are preferred choice for team outings. While certainly a good choice for honeymoon, now have strict policies for couples to check-in (for domestic tourists only). We have listed here the top 10 best beach resorts in Chennai ecr for tourists, team outing and couples READ THIS LIST ONE BY ONE FROM NUMBER 10.

A handful of resorts with luxury amenities are only affordable to the super-rich. Some offer adventure sports and activities like All Terrain Biking (ATV), rappelling, rock climbing and shooting as well. While resorts have in-house entertainment options, ECR has many tourist spots which you can visit if you feel stuck in your rooms. Rated the best among ECR resorts in Tripadvisor with over 500 reviews, MGM has many amenities by the beach including a lounge bar, spa, barbeque, swimming pool and jogging track.

The restaurant in MGM is also well reviewed in Zomato. It has over a dozen facilities specifically equipped for team outings with attractive packages. ECR has hundreds of resorts between Chennai and Mamallapuram, but not many have beach access. However, for weekend stays, Beach Resorts in Pondicherry provides much more fun in the Sun at a much lesser cost.

Food is very costly in there, so unless you want to feel lazy and order food to your rooms, you can try out some of the good restaurants which line up the ECR stretch. Additionally, Mahabalipuram also has some of the best restaurants you can find in ECR who serve fresh seafood by the beach.

The GRT Radisson BLU Temple Bay is very close to The Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram. Perhaps the largest among ECR resorts with world-class amenities, Radisson BLU attracts most of the western travelers to Mahabalipuram. With over 1300 reviews in Tripadvisor and a 4-star rating as of 2016, it has hundreds of satisfied customers. With large ballrooms and conference halls, the place is also convenient for conducting a business meeting, corporate events, and team outings.

Fisherman’s Cove is another popular destination as it is operated by Vivanta by Taj. It has cottages with open to sky bathrooms are nestled amongst coconut groves with lush green lawns. Certainly not for the budget traveler, the amenities include the pool bar, a Mediterranean restaurant, spa, a fine-dining restaurant, coffee shop and a regular bar with an English ambiance.

The Grande Bay, the newest addition to luxury resorts in ECR is operated by the Mamalla group of Hotels. Quentina, the bar with large deck facing the pool serves the some best cocktails. L’attitude 49 restaurant (open to the public as well) is truly a global restaurant serving cuisines like Caribbean Seafood Soup, Nasi Goreng and Ribbon Spaghetti and Prawns not to be found in the menu. L’attitude 49 has a Zomato rating of 4.1 as of 2016.

Tamilnadu Tourism property is perfect for the budget traveler. It has all the amenities for any luxury resort in ECR like bar, restaurant, swimming pool, beach facing rooms, private beach, and battery operated cars. Operated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, the room rates are between Rs.3000 and Rs.5000 even during peak season. If you are not a fan of Tripadvisor reviews, you can try this one as you’re bound to see a lot of complaints.

VGP Golden Beach is within city limits, yet offers a tranquil atmosphere. Strategically located for conducting team outings, it has huge open lawns near the private beach. It wins in terms safety and location ideal for family weekend getaways.

Blue Lagoon located in east coast road, Neelankarai is operated by Buhari Hotels group. A popular destination for team outings, it has a large cricket ground, swimming pool, sea facing cottages and a Buhari Restaurant as well for Biriyani lovers. The 60-acre property is well suited for wedding ceremonies and honeymoon, but they don’t allow couples without proper credentials.

Golden Bay, with access to backwaters and beach, is one of its kind. With enough water sports activities, it’s a lot of fun to spend a day outing at Golden Bay. Definitely, the best choice for team outings, water sports like Jet Ski and water roller along with boat rides viz. pedal boat and motor boat offer a refreshing experience. Eating in the floating restaurant “Aquana” is quite an experience. Next to MGM, Golden Bay is the best for team outings.

Blue Bay, Mahabalipuram is a preferred choice for banquets, events, and weddings, it has the best amenities that attract corporate houses for planning team outings. The private beach, discotheque and the bar with a great choice of cocktails make it a favorite hangout spot among party lovers.

The ideal resort is an old luxury resort popular with western travelers. It has a private beach lined with huts and nets tied to coconut trees, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a large conference room. The rooms are average and some of the offer sea views, but well maintained.

Travel Tips: The East Coast Road is a double lane road which runs from Chennai to Kanyakumari along the Coromandel Coast. Though a toll a road, without the median, driving in the Chennai – Pondicherry stretch is risky. For safe driving, do not over speed and avoid drunk and drive at all costs.

#1 RADISSON BLU TEMPLE BAY, MAMALLAPURAM

Radisson Blu Temple Bay in Mahabalipuram can be counted among the best beach resorts in India. Ideally located on the entrance of Mamallapuram, Temple Bay was built and operated by Tourism department of India under the Ashok Hotels group. GRT Hotels and Resorts which operates many hotels and resorts in TamilNadu bought the hotel and renovated it making it a luxury property. Often featured among the best beach resorts in India, Temple Bay has world-class amenities to cater to high-end travelers who visit Mamallapuram which is one of the most important world heritage sites in India. The 27,000-square-foot meandering pool is the highlight of the resort. Check out at Booking.com: Radisson Blu Temple Bay, Mamallapuram Official Site : www.radissonblu.com

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#2 INTERCONTINENTAL MAHABALIPURAM RESORT CHENNAI (BEST LUXURY RESORT IN ECR ROAD)

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram resort marks the arrival of true luxury to ECR road. InterContinental excels in terms of service and stay. Supported by an excellent staff, the resort manages to stay true to the InterContinental brand. Guest first is visible in everything they do with even small needs and wants to attend very carefully. Guests can play in the beach with special huts erected on the go for prevention against direct sunlight. However, the resort is not recommended during peak summer as it has very fewer trees in the campus. InterContinental is among the largest resorts in ECR by area with a serene private beach. Check out at Booking.com: InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram offers more value compared to Grande Bay and Radisson Temple Bay. The sea facing rooms are good on the second floor. It stands out in design and doesn’t look like a beach resort from the outlook. The huge property has a large man-made water body in the center which is kept very clean. There are two restaurants Tao of Peng and The Melting Pot. For continental food lovers, longing for good Mexican, American, European and Thai food, The Melting Pot is the place in Chennai. Tao of Peng serves a limited Chinese menu for Dim sum lovers. The location of the property is almost midway between Chennai and Mahabalipuram making is easier for guests to visit places of interest in ECR. Crocodile Bank is the closest attraction. The restaurant looks very beautiful at night with its marvelous lighting covering every nook and corner of the main structure. Trees are decorated with focus LED lighting which adds to the beauty. While adults have to settle down with restaurant, beach, and bar, kids have a lot of activities to engage themselves. Adults can, however, play tennis, workout in the fitness center and enjoy a steam bath. Kids club in IHG is unique in many ways with a special engaging program called “Planet Trekkers” which is quite different from games. For families with just born and toddlers, babysitting service is provided. In the evenings, guests can wind up in The Gatsby Lounge with cocktails and mocktails made by specialists with extensive experience. The bar serves famous brands of liquor both domestic and foreign made and imported. Besides the bar, drinks are sometimes served in select locations at the hotel management discretion. The large outdoor swimming pool in InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort is the best in ECR only next to Radisson BLU Temple Bay and Grande Bay Resort. IHG Mahabalipuram is an ideal location for conducting weddings, meeting, and conferences. For events, the insider team helps with arrangements, food suggestions, and even celebrity speakers. Compared to marriage halls, the wedding in IHG can be fascinating as well as grand. Guests will for sure enjoy the experience and bless the couple. Additionally, the honeymoon for the couple in InterContinental would be once in a lifetime experience with unparallel service and comfort. IHG has a Spa with professional masseuses and therapists. The spa Amrtam operated by Essenza provides various Ayurvedic therapies and massage but can be very costly unless you are ultra rich. The seaside grill “Off the Hook” serves seafood cuisines made from fresh catch (BTW, there is nothing called “Fresh Catch” in seafood except crabs and farm fresh prawns). Rooms, Tariff, and cost of stay IHG has over 105 rooms split into 6 categories like King Suite, Twin Room, Classic King, Classic Twin, Deluxe King, and Deluxe Twin. Each category also has special room customized for the disabled (The resort is disabled friendly in many ways, an IHG standard practice). The starting room rate is Rs. 10,000 ($150) excluding tax. Food is not complementary. So for a family of three with a kid under 6 years, it would cost around 15000 to 20000 for a single day stay on a weekend. Paid services Laundry is available but can cost quite a bit. Overall, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram resort offers an amazing experience which is only affordable for the super-rich through the middle class can certainly choose for special occasions like a honeymoon. Check out at Booking.com: InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

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#3 VIVANTA BY TAJ – FISHERMAN’S COVE, KOVALAM, ECR

Fisherman’s Cove is located in Kovalam, a small but beautiful beach between Chennai and Mamallapuram. The resort has many cottages amidst lush green environment. The resort features a good list of leisure services including Jiva Spa, Outdoor pool with Pool Bar, Badminton and Tennis Court, Catamaran Ride and Deep Sea fishing. Check out at Booking.com: Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove, Kovalam Official Site : www.vivantabytaj.com

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#4 CHARIOT BEACH RESORT , MAHABALIPURAM

Chariot Beach Resort is located at a walking distance from the five ratios. Chariot is a quiet resort preferred by tourists who value privacy and is a great choice for honeymoon couples and lovers. Also the preferred location for companies planning team building activities. Chariot beach resort is located in Mamallapuram near the new lighthouse and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities viz. Off-road biking, Paint Ball, rope climbing etc. Spread over 30 acres of greenery, the resort has a large swimming pool, Bar, Pool table and a host of other indoor activities and facilities. Accommodation & Tariff Chariot beach resort has more than 70 rooms, cottages, and suites. Six categories of accommodation are offered categories to different types of tourists and travelers. Tariff includes complimentary breakfast. Standard Room: Ideal for the business traveler (Tariff – INR 5000 + Tax) Deluxe Room : Garden view (Tariff – INR 6000 + Tax) Chariot Cottage: Perfect for big family gatherings and reunions (Tariff – INR 7000 +Tax) Chariot CottageDeluxe: Cottages offering swimming pool view (Tariff – INR 7500 + Tax) Sea View Cottage: Offers fantastic sea view (Tariff – INR 10000 + Tax) Sea View Suite: the Ultimate luxury of a beach resort (Tariff – INR 12000 + Tax) Bar & Restaurants KAPI:multi cuisine restaurant Located near the swimming pool, the restaurant offers a wide range of cuisines including south Indian, North Indian, Mediterranean and a live grill on evenings. PRANAM: The Bar PRANAM (meaning drink in Tamil) is a well-stocked bar with a great choice of Indian and Foreign liquors. It serves good cocktails and mocktails with complimentary snacks. BAKEHOUSE: Cakeshop I wouldn’t recommend the cake shop except for the freshly made items. For price and facilities: Check Booking.com

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#5 BLUE LAGOON, NEELANKARAI, ECR

Blue Lagoon is spread in an area of 10 acres and it’s the biggest resort within city limits. Quite often featured in movies and TV serials, this resort is ideal for hosting parties, weddings and other get-togethers owing to its location. Besides, the resort has a beach facing cottages, swimming pool, a cricket ground etc. which attracts corporate to host weekend getaway and team building activities. The resort is part of the famous BUHARI group of restaurants. Official Site: www.bluelagoonresorts.com

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#6 MGM BEACH RESORT, MUTTUKADU

MGM Beach Resort is located adjacent to the MGM Dizzee world, the most popular theme park in ecr, Chennai. The resort is an ideal location for weekend getaways. Definitely not a budget resort in ecr, but it offers the best value with amenities for a perfect beach vacation. Though it is much smaller than VGP Golden Beach resort, MGM is preferred for its beach restaurant and bar which attracts a huge crowd in the weekends. Perhaps the barbeque by the beach can be compared to the finest restaurants in India. MGM Eastwoods located in Injambakkam caters to guests who prefer to stay within city limits like honeymoon couples put privacy and security first. MGM beach resort is truly world class with a nice and friendly trained staff who understand guests’ preferences and choices. The resort has a bouquet of facilities and amenities targeted at entertainment and relaxation of guests viz. Private beach, Pool, Live band, Spa, Lounge bar, Gym, Jogging track and BBQ by the beach. MGM resort is the most preferred spot in Chennai for team outings. The property is most crowded in the weekends, thanks to the numerous facilities it provides for corporate team outings. The resort has over 18 open areas marked for fun activities and each can house 120 pax. While entry to the swimming pool is restricted to in-house guests, those who like privacy may feel annoyed by so many people occupying open areas and lawns. Also, the noise arising from a public address system can make it sound like a music arena. Sea Crest beach restaurant and bar is the most popular area in MGM resort. A live band plays music on all weeknights. A buffet is served on weekends both for lunch and dinner. While dinner buffet costs INR 900 plus tax, lunch buffet costs INR 750. The resort has a lot of facilities for hosting parties and events for small to very large groups (The Lake Lawn can accommodate 2000 people). Check out at Booking.com: MGM Beach Resort Official Site: mgm-hotels.com

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#7 IDEAL BEACH RESORT, MAHABALIPURAM

Ideal Beach resort offers fantastic views of the Bay of Bengal. Ideally located on the beach near Mahabalipuram, the resort is run by a Passionate entrepreneur and Tea planter from Srilanka, Mr. Dharmalingam. One of the first few resorts to come up in ECR, Ideal is preferred by repeated guests and corporate. The buildings are little old and lack contemporary style, but they great services and treat guests really good making them one of the best resorts in ECR, Chennai. Check out at Booking.com: Ideal Beach Resort Official Site : www.idealresort.com

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#8 GOLDEN SUN HOTEL & BEACH RESORT, MAHABALIPURAM

Golden Sun resort is a good choice for foreign tourists since it’s close to Mamallapuram. Though little costly by its standards, the resort can be considered for last minute bookings when you can’t find a room in all those best resorts in ECR (especially during weekends). It is also an ideal location for business meetings, corporate team outings etc. and has 60 rooms and cottages supplemented by a swimming pool, private beach, business center, bar, health club, and outdoor/indoor games. Website: www.hotelgoldensun.com

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#9 HOTEL TAMILNADU, MAHABALIPURAM

Hotel TamilNadu, Mahabalipuram, is the only resort in ECR which provides good value for money. Room rates are as cheap as INR. 2000 for a double room (Please book much in advance to avoid disappointment). It has all the facilities of a resort (Spa, Pool, beach facing rooms, Private beach etc.), but comes at a much lesser price. Please contact the Booking Office for booking rooms in advance. Tel : +91-044-27442361-62-63-64 Fax : +91-044-27442268 Email: htn-mpm@ttdconline.com Website: tamilnadutourism.org

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#10 VGP GOLDEN BEACH RESORTS, INJAMBAKKAM, CHENNAI

VGP Golden Beach Resort is one among the oldest beach resorts in ECR. Located behind the VGP Universal Kingdom, the resort has been renovated lately. The resort is very spacious with only a few rooms which offer a lot of privacy. A trusted name, VGP offers good entertainment, security, and quality services to guests. VGP resort is very spacious and is located within city limits. A perfect place for hosting private parties, VGP has one of the best (perhaps the best open air) discotheques in Chennai which is sometimes kept closed due to restrictions. But when its open, party animals throng the place. Check out their website(www.ec41.com) for special party nights and promotions. Having said all about VGP beach resorts, recently reviews about the resort are not that great. Please read reviews and do your part of research before you plan your vacation in VGP resorts. Website: www.vgpresorts.com