Top 10 Best Beach Resorts in East Coast Road (ECR), Chennai
Beach Resorts in East Coast Road (ECR) between Chennai and Mahabalipuram are among the best in India next only to Goa. Most ECR resorts have private beach overlooking the sea with huts lined up in the coast and beach volleyball courts. With the growth of OMR as an IT corridor, resorts in ECR are preferred choice for team outings.
While certainly a good choice for honeymoon, ECR resorts now have strict policies for couples to check-in (for domestic tourists only). A handful of ECR 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.
Rated the best among ECR resorts in Tripadvisor with over 500 reviews, MGM resorts has many amenities by the beach including a lounge bar, spa, barbeque, swimming pool and jogging track. The restaurant in MGM Resorts 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.
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 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 ambience.
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 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 of any ECR resort. L'attitude 49 has a Zomato rating of 4.1 as on 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 fanof Tripadvisor reviews, you can try this one as you're bound to see lot of complaints.
VGP Golden Beach is within city limits, yet offers a tranquil atmosphere. Strategically located for conducting team outings, the resort has huge open lawns near the private beach. Perhaps the oldest among ECR resorts, it wins in terms safety and location ideal for family weekend getaways.
Blue Lagoon resorts 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 Resorst ECR, with access to back waters and beach is one of its kind. With enough water sport activities, it’s a lot fun to spend a day outing at Golden Bay. Definitely the best choice fort 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 resorts ECR, Mahabalipuram is a preferred choice for banquets, events and weddings, the resort 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.
Ideal Resorts ECR is an old luxury resort popular with western travelers. It has 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 view, but well maintained.
Travel Tips: The East Coast Road is a double lane road which runs from Chennai to Kanyakumari along the Coramandel 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.