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Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend fun and the winner of the giveaway

Nope....not so fast. First, you have to listen to me talk about what a great weekend I had.
We've been planning a vacation for the longest time ever, but every time, something or the other comes up and we end up not traveling anywhere. This week, we planned NOTHING. We woke up on Saturday, and on a whim, decided to call a resort at Pondicherry and see if they had any rooms. Luckily for us, they had exactly one room left and that's it....we packed and left. After a drive of about 2.5 hours, we reached Zest, Big Beach, Puducherry (the politically correct name of Pondicherry). A welcome drink was served while we languished in the huge and comfortable papasan chairs in the lobby. Check-in was quick and efficient and before we knew it, we were in our room.

The room was classy and comfortable, and what I liked best, is that, each room seemed to be private...it was set amidst trees and shrubs and it was almost as if we were in the wilderness. The door opened out to a small patio with two chairs and a table made out of a coconut tree stump. Sitting on the patio, we could hear the waves.

Lunch was served buffet style....and it truly was a BIG and delicious spread. After a short rest, we headed out to the pool in the evening. They have a small kiddie pool which is only 2 ft deep, and the little one had a gala time, splashing around and playing ball in that part of the pool. The water saga continued as we walked to the beach from the pool. The beach is very clean and not too crowded. There were lots of little crabs on the sand, and the little girl and the dad ran around chasing the crabs.
Saturday night was DJ night and there was lots of good music and dancing. Dinner was again a really good buffet. We were out like a light almost as soon as we got back to the room and lay down. The next morning started with a breakfast buffet (it does seem like we spent a lot of time eating, doesn't it?) and then, after the LG got a temporary tattoo done, we were off to the beach again. I really, really wanted to get a tattoo, but there were so many people waiting in line, I just decided not to, and we headed off to the beach again.

The resort has lots of activities for those who are interested. They have sessions on sand sculpture making, pottery, indoor and outdoor games, a kiddie play area, pool games, paintball, dance classes, yoga classes and a library.
If you are headed out to Pondy and are looking for a good place to stay in, I would highly recommend Zest Big Beach. It is a great place to relax and rejuvenate during the weekend, and the prices, when compared to some of the resorts here in Chennai, are reasonable.
Now that we've got that out of the way....you are probably eager to know who the winner of the $60 CSN gift certificate is....

It is....

drum rolls please....

Sukanya Ramkumar
Congratulations, Sukanya....I have sent you an e-mail.

9 comments:

Srivalli said...

Very nice to know Jay, I will surely check out that place..:)..Lil one looks very cute with the tatoo..

Congrats Sukanya..

Sanctified Spaces said...

I will remember the name..

Priti said...

Looks like gr8 fun you had...Congrats to Sukanya :)

jayasree said...

I will keep the name of the resort in mind. Glad you could make it at short notice.

Congrats Sukanya.

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow!!!!!
nice that u enjoyed ur trip ...
Pondicherry is my hometown :-)

lata raja said...

Glad to know that you could have a very lovely weekend! Just as a coincidence,on Saturday morning over breakfast, our friend suggested that next time we should make a one day trip to Pondicherry...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that sure was a quick getaway, very quick. Glad you had lots of fun and congrats Sukanya on winning the giveaway :)

Archana Vivek said...

Looks like you had great time and Sounds Fun. Congrats Sukanya.

Renu said...

Zest seems to be a really good holiday place...Buffets are the best thing when we go out.