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The Dune Eco Village & Spa, India

Get ready to feel better from the inside out after a wellness escape to The Dune Eco Village & Spa on India’s Coromandel Coast.

Where is it?
On the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu, three hour’s south of Chennai

Why is it amazing?
This colourful and eccentric beach resort is in the vanguard for responsible tourism in India.

Owned and run by French native Dimitri Klein, the Dune’s 50 rooms and villas set on a 14 hectare estate have all been built using sustainable and recycled materials.

Some villas have been constructed entirely from bamboo; one occupies an old water tower; others feature mud walls; some are open to nature.

There are solar hot water heaters, reverse-osmosis air conditioners, and an organic garden producing herbs and vegetables for the restaurant.

But the highlight is the spa; spread over 12,500 square metres, it is one of the most comprehensive in Tamil Nadu with 14 treatment rooms, a yoga hall, an Ayurvedic pharmacy and doctors, an aromatherapy steam house, a heated pool, a gym and beauty treatment centre.

Team a week-long spa program with excellent macrobiotic cuisine from the kitchen to come out feeling like never before.

Don’t leave without
Visiting Pondicherry, the charming 18th-century French colony boasting colonial mansions, baguettes and croissants

When to go
December to February for the coolest, driest weather

Details
Doubles from $97 per night including breakfast; +91 4133244040; thedunehotel.com

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