Newsletter, September’12 Issue.
Luxe Hotel
La Villa Shanti, Pondicherry

An understated exterior in the French colony of Pondicherry, La Villa Shanti compliments this Month’s theme with their alternative luxury designs. Upon entering lies a courtyard restaurant and bar offering local seafood recipes with a contemporary twist and refreshing beverages - - altogether shadowed by a vertical garden. It is further surrounded in monochromatic shades of white, grey and brown with accents of saffron orange and red; and a motif of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the leading travel blogger (not the Brad Pitt movie!).

Unlike many cutting-edge developments, La Villa Shanti blends modern luxury with a Heritage monument to cater for today’s comforts within the historical period of French Colonialism. As a heavenly home away from home, each guest residing within one of only fifteen, individually customized rooms is hosted by a total of thirty-two staff members.

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Proceeding over three floors and overlooking the courtyard, this hotel offers three varieties of suites. At the top rests the Executive and Terrace Rooms: each more than 64 square metres including a private Garden and full access to the upcoming rooftop bar.

Designed with open bathrooms and lounges, all rooms present state-of-the-art antique furniture especially selected from all around India. Staying true to the Divine realms of Pondicherry, all amenities, from the toiletries to incense, are organic, environmentally friendly and local to Auroville; and all interior furnishings, from the tiles on the walls to the wood work, displays only local handicrafts in an alternative, non-conventional fashion. It is this meticulous attention to detail which tastefully blends together a range of cultures and eras that makes La Villa Shanti a Luxe-India recommendation.

Dhotis [a traditional clothing item as worn by most of rural India and famously, by Mahatma Gandhi] are used as wardrobe curtains, tiles paint sections of the walls, concrete flooring is cleverly used to maintain coolness and open stone showers with local motifs adorn the walls - - It is truly a fusion experience - - ideal for both, the historically-romantic and those ready to indulge in modern day comforts in all the serenity, the Shanti that embraces Pondicherry.



14 Rue Suffren, Pondicherry

Contact Number

(+91 413) 4200028




By Road (from Chennai Airport)

150 km (2.5 hours)

Recommended Travel Months





Local Ayurvedic Massage recommendations

Boutique Shop


Live Entertainment

Jazz/Violin at Dinner on Weekends



Laundry Facilities


Handicap Access

Ground Floor Rooms

Wi-Fi Access


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