Palais De Mahe - Pondicherry, India

Colonial French chic in India

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In the heart of Pondicherry’s historic French Quarter, Palais de Mahe is a characterful, colonial retreat within easy wandering distance of the picturesque promenade. Here, spice-laden breezes drift off the Bay of Bengal and local artists display their work while the French influence brings colonial architecture, flower-decked balconies and a range of excellent eateries.

As a boutique hotel, Palais de Mahe has just eighteen rooms, all with high ceilings, arched doorways and electric ‘punkahs’ (traditional cloth fans). Interiors are cool and inviting with rich, red-ochre floors, clean white walls and a range of magnificent balconies and verandahs. A large courtyard swimming pool is the perfect spot to cool off and the Ayurveda spa offers a range of herbal massages and therapies for total relaxation. Pondicherry boasts a fabulous range of restaurants and cafes and the hotel too offers exquisite dining with chefs personally selecting fresh fish from the incoming boats every morning and planning their recipes according to the finest catch of the day.

Pondicherry is defined by its French and Tamil quarters, separated by a canal, which are distinctly different but equally fascinating. The best way to explore is on foot or by hiring a rickshaw, travelling down manicured avenues and past restored mansions, stopping at spiritual sites, markets and art galleries.

Palais de Mahe is a grand and fitting base for exploring this beautiful and enchanting city.

Why we like it

  • Grand colonial mansion
  • Footsteps from the promenade
  • Daily menu of fresh fish straight from the ocean
  • Exploring by rickshaw
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