Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Paradise unveiled at The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The sun was bidding adieu for the day when we reached Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram which is another name for this ancient town which lies about 60 kilometers away from Chennai, the bustling metropolis of Southern India. The history of Mahabalipuram can be traced back to the 1st century when it was known to the world as a thriving seaport.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram

After an unforgettable experience at Radisson Blu Hotel GRT, Chennai, our group was looking forward to an exciting experience which would spread over 2 nights and 3 days at a beach resort – the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Our bus turned into a huge archway that led us into the sprawling premises of the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram, and we all alighted to be greeted by a cool evening sea breeze.

The Welcome

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We were ushered into the main lobby of the hotel where we were greeted with seashell garlands and tender coconut water, aesthetically presented in the coconut shells itself. Above all the welcome was generously seasoned with warmth and smiles by the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram team.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We could all sense the promise of paradise in those initial moments itself.

Our Place of Nesting

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

An environment-friendly electric Buggy transported us across the sprawling resort to our assigned room which happened to be a chalet with a lovely sea-view balcony that looked out towards the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram offers a choice of Standard Chalets, Pool View Chalets, Sea View Chalets, Pool Villas and  Business Class Rooms for guests based on their requirements.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Our room was a haven of comfort and was equipped with comfortable beds, mini-bar, Coffee-Maker, Sofa, LCD TV,  and had a spacious Bathroom with a bath tub to luxuriate in. A towel arranged in the shape of a cute dog looked welcomingly at us.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The Balcony looked across the sprawling and verdant grounds of the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay and we could see palm trees swaying in the distance and the gray shape of the sea looming behind them.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Dinner and Much More

After a couple of hours of relaxation in our chalet, we made our way towards the lawns which bordered the sea for that was the venue for Dinner. Elegantly laid and uniquely decorated buffet counters were neatly arranged on the lawns and we were welcomed by the smiling staff who were dressed in traditional attire, befitting the theme of the night. We settled down in our comfortable chairs, breathing in large gulps of the sea breeze that wafted across from the shore, looking forward to a sumptuous dinner by the side of the Bay of Bengal.

But dinner had to wait, there was a surprise in store for us.

The night soon erupted into dazzling brilliance as we were treated to some unique and traditional performances of dance and music. The artistes also performed some daring acts of jugglery, balancing and literally playing with fire. This was followed by the floor opening up for everyone to shake a leg to some tantalizing numbers expertly mixed by the DJ of the night. The night literally came alive as dance and music added their intoxicating tinge to the proceedings.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Dinner was an array of lovingly crafted traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, cooked and presented in traditional style. From starters to the desserts each dish had a story to tell of its own culinary journey and mirrored the rich traditions, culture, and heritage of the region. The food, the setting, the dance and the music blended with hospitality transformed a summer night into an unforgettable experience.

The revelry continued, but we took our leave as we needed to be up early morning, the next day for we had a rendezvous with the rising sun. Being the avid sun chasers that we were or call it that Sunfascination is in our DNA, we were not going to let the opportunity of watching the sun rise from the waters of the Bay of Bengal let go. The early morning also held the lure of a catamaran ride into the sea.

Indulgence for the Senses on Day-2

A Hypnotic Sunrise on the Beach

After getting some high quality sleep in the comfort of our chalet at The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram. we woke up when it was still dark and brewed ourselves some hot and steaming coffee in the coffee maker. Fully energized and charged, we walked out into the cusp of another day that promised to be as exciting as the one preceding it.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We walked through the grounds to reach the beach. The sounds of the waves crashing on the sands merged with the early morning cries of birds to create nature’s own musical masterpiece. The light had broken over the horizon where sea met sky, but the sun was not visible due to the cloud cover. We waited patiently, sometimes sitting on the catamaran moored on the sands, sometimes walking along the virgin sands and watching the waves and listening to the musical melody that nature had arranged for us.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We watched a big wave rise in the distance and break on the sands, the water receding back gracefully. A crab washed ashore, shyly scampered away from our watchful eyes and then the sun broke through the clouds, bathing the land and water in an ethereal golden glow. The familiar thrill of pure bliss engulfed our beings as we looked in awe at the celestial beauty of the sun and its early morning splendour.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Our mind and soul feeling strangely calmed and meditative, we looked forward to an early morning foray into the sea, however it was not to be, we were informed that the weather conditions were not safe enough to venture into the sea that day, so our catamaran dreams, seemed to be shattered. But never mind, we thought, we would return back to The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram some other day to experience the thrill of the catamaran.

A Leisurely walk and a sumptuous Breakfast

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

 

We chose to walk from the beach through the enchantingly landscaped grounds of The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram to Waters Edge, the restaurant where a delectable breakfast spread awaited us.

As we walked along neatly laid paths and artistically landscaped gardens we realized how the property had been seamlessly integrated with nature and seemed to be one with the environment. There was not one single structure that was jarring to the senses, each tree, each building seemed to belong where they stood.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The meandering pool, one of the largest of its kind ubiquitously flowed gracefully crisscrossing the property.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The sheer size of the property ensured that guests enjoyed seclusion amidst nature. We felt that it was a lovely place for families as well as couples to get away to.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The large open spaces were definitely something that kids would enjoy.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Add to that the various indoor and outdoor activities available which included ATV rides, Zorbing, beach volleyball and an infinity pool in addition to many indoor games like Snooker, Foosball, Table Tennis, etc..

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We also had occasion to visit the Grand Ballroom which was massive at 10,500 square feet. The elegant place looked ideal for a grand, big fat wedding. In fact, the resort was ideal as a place for a destination wedding or any other corporate events.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, looking at the blue waters of the meandering pool reflecting the golden rays of the morning sun.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The breakfast spread itself was massive and included the best of Indian, European and American cuisine.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The choice was mind-boggling, it ranged from Masala Dosas and Idlis to the most tempting pancakes, croissants, muffins, and pastries.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The Spa Magic

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram houses the Bodhi Spa which has been nominated as a finalist in the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards and Ayush which is an Ayurvedic Therapy Centre.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

We spent some moments of pure bliss at the spa lost in the luxurious pampering. We had opted for a short session which was known as Pada Abhyangam, in which special Ayurvedic oils were used by an expert masseur to massage the feet from the toes to the knees. As the expert hands kneaded the muscles and nerves, key energy points were stimulated which resulted in improved blood flow giving rise to a feeling of calm relaxation. Years of pent up energy and strain seemed to have been released from sore feet as if by the touch of a magic wand.

On The Temple Trail

Late afternoon saw some of us brave the sweltering and humid heat and embark on a voyage of discovery that would take us to some of the most intriguing temples of India that dotted the coast of Mahabalipuram.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The first temple that we visited was the Shore temple which is actually visible from the beach near The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram. The ruins of the shore temple date back to the 8th century AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Built with blocks of granite, the temple resembles a Pagoda. Early sailors knew the place as “Seven Pagodas” and it is fascinating to note that though today there is only one temple standing on the sands, the tsunami that hit the area in they year 2004 and disturbed the sea waters has uncovered the ruins of an old temple built by blocks underneath the sea. This finding adds credence to the belief that originally there were seven such temples and six of them lie submerged underneath the sea!

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The next halt on our temple trail was the Pancha Rathas which literally translates as Five Chariots. This is a collection of 5 monumental structures which are glowing examples of India’s monolithic rock -cut architecture.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

The structures are not temples as they were never completed. Each structure resembles a chariot and their purpose will never be known. These monuments are also classified under the category of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Our next and final halt as the sun set over an eventful day was to a site popularly known as Krishna’s Butterball.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay MahabalipuramA gigantic rock weighing approximately 250 tons stands precariously balanced on an incline. History records the fact that many attempts were made to move the rock, including the use of seven elephants, however, the rock has not budged and seems to be poised for eternity. Interestingly the rock is heavier as well as bigger than the ones found in Machu Picchu!

Just before you enter the gate which leads you to Krishna’s Butterball, by the side of the road are two rock reliefs that have been carved on giant monolithic rocks. This monument is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known as, Descent of the Ganges, as it depicts the mythological story of how the sacred river Ganga was brought to earth by Bhagiratha.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

With the enigma of the poised monolithic rock, haunting our minds and the last rays of the setting sun shimmering on the road, we made our way back to the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram well in time for dinner.

Dinner at The Wharf

The silvery waters of the sea shimmered in the distance, the sea breeze ruffled our hair. Lanterns cast an ethereal glow as we seated ourselves at The Wharf, a restaurant that is inspired by the Panch Tattva or five basic elements of the universe, space, fire, air, water, and earth. Appropriately named, The Wharf, the restaurant simulated the ambience of a seaside restaurant of yore. One could feel the salt of the sea and the excitement of a sea voyage imbedded into the theme of the restaurant.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

Exotic sea food and classic wines completed the idyllic setting. As the night lengthened, conversation flowed along with the wine and food disappeared fast in the dim glow of the lanterns, as the staff discreetly and unobtrusively replaced platter after platter and refilled glass after glass. The dinner seemed a befitting grand finale to the unique and thrilling experiences that we had been through in the past couple of days at the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram.

Day-3-Time for Goodbyes

The morning sun cast its benign glow over the beautiful grounds of the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram, as we gathered in the main lobby. It was time for goodbyes. Time to click a group photograph. Time to have one look at this place where we had experienced paradise.

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mahabalipuram

As we climbed into the bus, we felt a familiar tug in our hearts, the same kind of feeling that one gets when one is leaving home. To complete the picture of a home away from home, we were given packed breakfasts, a gesture which we usually associate with the caring that is the prerogative of Mothers across the world.

Thus we made our way out of this beach resort – Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram with moments of paradise frozen for posterity in our hearts and drove towards Kanchipuram where another GRT experience awaited us.

Stay at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram is an indulgence for the senses. Experiences range from fine dining to temple trails, luxurious spa to chilling out at the beach.

Click to check out GRT Hotels website.

We were hosted by The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram. However, the opinions stated here are our own and based on personal experience.

Check out our experiences at other Radisson Blu GRT properties:

An Affair to Remember with GRT- A Photo Blog
6 Reasons why a stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel GRT, Chennai is an unforgettable experience
Silk, Stone and Spirituality in the Temple Town of Kanchipuram, India

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105 thoughts to “Paradise unveiled at The Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay by GRT Hotels, Mamallapuram”

  1. Wow, what an amazing place. I’d enjoy being here–that pool looks fabulous. Everything does, actually. I’d also love to explore the nearby temples. One day, I hope.

  2. What a stunning place to stay! Lucky you have the chance to live that experience.
    Hope I can see more of this stories on your blog!

    Cheers from Argentina 🙂
    – mariajesus.co

  3. I have never been to India. These pictures are beautiful and it looks like there is so much to see and do. I would love to travel here sometime.

  4. I had to look this up to see where it was located. It might have been a seaport at one time looks like now it is a first class resort to visit and explore.

  5. The Radisson Blu here in Chicago is super lovely so I can imagine that the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay is out of this world! What a fun adventure.

  6. Wow, this looks like an absolutely amazing resort. I could use a long hot soak in that really amazing bathtub right now!

  7. Looks like a lovely place to stay. I found the Krishna’s Butterball rock quite interesting! I would be scared that it will move – it looks like it is balanced just perfectly!

  8. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful place to spend a vacation in. I love your sunset photos. I could stay there for the rest of my life just taking photographs and standing in awe at the beauty of the sunset. I hope I could travel to India someday!

  9. The trip looks like it was absolutely amazing. I love all of the amazing photos. I really loved the pools in the hotel room and the room itself looked like you were staying in luxury. Thank you for sharing.

  10. The Radisson Blu Resort at Temple Bay Mahabalipuram looks incredibly lovely. That bathtub, it is calling my name! I hope to visit one day soon.

  11. Radisson resorts are amazing no matter what country they are in. I would love to stay in this one, the food and accommodations look amazing. I would love to experience all that this portion of India has to offer.

  12. Wow. What a nice resort! Looks like it will give you the relaxation you really need. If I could, I’d stay there for the rest of my life. I love sunsets and sunrises. There’s just something so awe-inspiring looking at the sun. The unfinished structures are beautiful. I cannot imagine what it would look like if it had been completed. Oh, and that Krishna Butterball is spectacular! Scary too, but still spectacular.

  13. Radisson has always been a top pick for me on my travel excursions. there rooms are fantastic and surface is second to none. This hotel looks so relaxing and fun.

  14. I’ve learned to really appreciate a hotel with a nice bathtub. Plus it doesn’t hurt that pool is kind of amazing. There’s so much to do around the area too, ahhh I want to go here!

  15. The resort indeed looks very classy. So are the rooms. I am sure the surprise dance and musical performance would have been a unique experience. It’s such a delight when the hotel goes a step ahead to ensure a memorable stay for it’s guests.

  16. What a great place to stay! Such a lovely breakfast, too! I love how integrated with nature this place it. To be able to watch the sunrise seems to have been such a highlight! That big boulder that cannot be removed is quite mysterious and intriguing…Were you able to walk to all of these temples?

  17. Wow — I can’t decide what I like best. I think it’s the amazing pool area and the delicious breakfast spread. I love when hotels have great bagel, muffin, and bread options for breakfast or brunch. Thanks for sharing this guide!

  18. Wow, you guys really had an awesome stay in Radisson Blu Resort Hotel. The room was quite big and the whole place is very clean and green which I find it very refreshing. I also love it, since it is located near the beach that if you wake up early in the morning you can really get to see a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise just like what you guys did. Anyway, you write about your stay here so well that if ever I own a Hotel, I will surely invite you and ask you to write your honest review. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  19. Wow Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay looks like a wonderful place to stay. Very sleek, modern and comfortable – every a resort should be! Your pictures from the afternoon at the temple are awesome. Very nice lighting too! Well work braving the heat!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

  20. That’s a really impressive hotel entrance and your chalet is charming too. Did you have a go at playing outdoor chess? Krishna’s Butterball looks amazing!

  21. Raddison hotels are always a safe bet and this seems like an especially nice one. Sure, a bad hotel room can encourage me to get out and explore, but it’s so much nicer to have a comfortable hotel room to return to at the end of the night. And it’s even better when the hotel itself offers lots of amenities to explore and enjoy!

  22. This looks incredible. Would love to stay in a hotel like that. It looks very unique. I would love to explore the temple trail. That giant rock is so cool 😀 Your pictures make me want to stay at this resort right away 😀

  23. That sounds like a wonderful place to stay! I love that you can just walk to the beach and take gorgeous photos of the sunrise. It seems like the perfect way to relax and enjoy being in nature with all the comforts of a resort. And the entertainment sounds great too!

  24. The room looks like it was perfectly crafted for a king and queen to stay in luxurious comfort. The bed was very pleasing to look at with the wall canopy style. I love how in India there are so many vegetarian friendly dishes for those who do not eat meat! The sunset looks like its to die for and many people would be so happy to spend a romantic evening there.

  25. Wow! this looks like a beautiful place to stay! And in what a gorgeous area! I’m always happy to see vegetarian options, and will remember this place while planning my trip to India early next hear! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  26. Beautiful resort to spend your time relaxing and enjoy your days in the pool or on the beach. It’s a;ways nice to get pampered a little while away.

  27. It is so hard to believe it is just a resort and not an entire city in itself! You have written all about it in such great details that now I may just go and check its availability in some hotel booking site. I would love to be greeted by seashell garlands. Of late I am reading a lot about the shore temple, just waiting for the heat to recede and then I will start exploring!

  28. The room looks big, cozy, and pleasant. I like the pink sofa. You should have shown more photos of the food selections.
    The pool area looks so relaxing and beautiful. I can imagine that the Grand Ballroom as a perfect place for wedding venues and other special occasions.

  29. Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay is amazing. Wow it has everything. The property is gorgeous and the setting is so rich with natural beauty and cultural treasures. We will have to stay here when in Mamallapuram.

  30. Lokks like you had a great time! Love how detailed your review is, the place looks really awesome and I would love to try it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  31. What a lovely place to spend the weekend. I would love to witness the sunset, from the swimming pool with a panoramic view of the beach ahead, and the endless sea. The temple trail in Mahabalipural is a big USP for anyone looking to spend a few nights at Radisson Blu.

  32. Well, this does sound as though they really went out of their way to make your stay so memorable! As someone who cares about the environment, I love that they had environment-friendly electric Buggy, unfortunately a seashell garland isn’t so good, even shells taken from the beach means that homes for hermit crabs that walk along the beach have been removed 🙁 The sunset looks stunning (but they generally are in India) and the grounds look so peaceful to walk around. Another lovely Radisson Blue resort! #feetdotravel

  33. It certainly looks more lavish than the Chennai Raddison.

    Such beautiful ocean views, I hope you were able to drift to sleep each night to the sound of crashing waves…

  34. I’ve never heard of Mahabalipuram but now I know where I’ll stay if I go. I stayed at the Radisson Blu in Baden-Baden on my honeymoon and it was lovely, especially the spa and pool facilities so I’m a fan of the brand. I’d love to explore the area and see the Descent of the Ganges – how fascinating.

  35. Fantastic write up. Great hotel review and now I would consider staying here if I ever get to that area. Loving the photography as well as the way you have beautifully describe the place.

  36. I have been to this hotel. Their lunch buffet was amazing. I had sampled lots of local cuisine. Wish I stayed more time there. It was so close to all the attractions in Mahabalipuram.

  37. The rooms, the pool, the resort, and the food all look amazing. Oh yeah, and the temples too. I need to add India to my travel itinerary.

  38. I’ve been to Mahabalipurum – though I stayed at the Taj, which is also lovely. It’s a really stunning site isn’t it? I loved all the sandstone carvings – quite fantastic

  39. This is a beautiful property. Hotels get extra points in my book if they have a great breakfast spread and a huge chess board! Plus, with being pretty close to Chennai, it’s a nice weekend break away or side trip.

  40. this looks great!!! I really have to talk to my hubby again if we can’t include india to our world trip 😀 Everytime I read something about it I am amazed and enchanted 🙂 (even though I believe this hotel is a wee off budget 😀

  41. Radisson Blu Resorts and Hotels are always amazing. I love how you tied in sunrises into your stay. The views here, let’s just say…. can I go here now?!

  42. What a beautiful resort. The event space looks amazing! Wish I could be invited to a wedding there. Radisson Blu always has beautiful properties.

  43. What a great review! I love staying at Radisson Blu Hotels. I’m always looking for new properties to enjoy. Temple Bay looks beautiful and I love how expansive the grounds are. The beach, pool. and spa all look so relaxing and the nearby temples are fascinating. I’m going to add this Radisson Blu on my list of aspirational stays.

  44. What a wonderful 3 days of fun and relaxation. The beautiful sunrise and spa experiences sound really amazing. The property looks amazing…I’d love to visit at some point!!

  45. Radisson Blu Resort seems like a perfect place to spend a weekend if someone wants to explore Mahabalipuram! Guess what I lived in Chennai, but never visited this beautiful site…that needs to change now as I have been reading up so much about the temples recently. Fascinating indeed…

  46. Wow a lot of places in India that I need to know more about, but for me, any hotel that offers such a beautiful sunset is nice and the rooms are spacious and nicely decorated! @ knycx.journeying

  47. Looks like an incredible hotel. Sadly very far out of our budget! We recently stopped in Chennai for 2 nights but we didn’t really have the time to go and visit the temples. I think we’ll be back in Tamil Nadu for work though so hopefully we may be able to go then!

  48. The Radisson Blu Resort looks one amazing destination resort with fantastic location. I loved the beaches , rooms and the swimming pool in the resort. Its a great place for family holidays . I would love to stay here in my next visit.

  49. I like how bright and cheery the rooms look. They chose their decor well. So many hotel rooms are bland and lifeless, but they’ve actually dared to add color to the room. Very nice! I feel like you can definitely count on Radisson Blu to deliver a really good experience.

  50. Palm trees- check. Big deep bath – check. Beautiful location-check. This place has ticked all those very important boxes. I’d love to stay here one day.

  51. I always think of Radissons as city centre hotels, but this totally changes all of that ha! The location looks absolutely beautiful – that sunset!!!

  52. What a lovely place to stay! I love the subtle Indian architecture found within the photos of the property. Those pools look super relaxing too! Especially with the views of the water 🙂

  53. Great place. It always amazes me seeing how popular Radisson properties are outside of the US. That is one freaking HUGE room! I’m a fan of the pink couch and those fabulous swimming pools.

  54. It sounds like an incredible experience – I read your review of Radisson Blu Hotel GRT, Chennai, and now Temple Bay, Mehabalipuram – sounds like GRT is a really excellent hotel chain! INcredible that you can see the Shore temple from the beach near the resort – and the grounds of the property itself are so stunning. Awesome that you have the option of so many activities on site like ATV’s! If there weren’t so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore I don’t think I would want to leave the hotel grounds!

  55. This looks like a really beautiful place to stay. I loved the sunrise. The food looks great too. It looks like it was a real treat to be at this beautiful hotel.

  56. I some how skip Mahabalipuram every time I visit Chennai! The resort looks too gorgeous being so close to the beach. The buffet spread looks delish too! Loved your pictures of sunrise 🙂

  57. Radisson hasn’t been top of my hotel stays list but you are certainly changing my mind. This hotel’s location, facilities and dining are fabulous. I’ll have to stay at a Radisson and see if m experience is anything like yours! 🙂

  58. It looks like you really enjoyed your stay at this beautiful hotel. Although I would happily sit by that pool for days, the things to do outside look incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  59. We have heard so much about Mahabalipuram and never have ended up going. This is one long overdue trip. Radisson blu resort looks amazing. What a lovely place to relax.

  60. The pool’s design is so nice! The rooms are cozy and the dinner layout is so cute! Great overview of the hotel. All those temples look intriguing and it’s crazy that a tsunami unearthed one of them.

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