The 19th Century home restored with impeccable taste by Greek architect Tina Trigala and French architect Yves Lesprit is no place for evening bar crawlers or the curry in a hurry' gang. (Photo by arrangement)
When it comes to heritage bayside accommodation, it cannot get any better than this — a stone’s throw from Puducherry’s rock beach is La Villa, a stellar heritage statement curated by Segiyane Sylvain Paquiry.
The 19th Century home restored with impeccable taste by Greek architect Tina Trigala and French architect Yves Lesprit is no place for evening bar crawlers or the ‘curry in a hurry’ gang. After dark, artisanal 7-course meal, with lobster bisque as the highlight, prepared by chefs Michel Christmann and Alexandre Kerbouz embrace your senses amid a cultivated chorus of laughter and rustling leaves in the courtyard.
The suites in this gorgeously-appointed home reflect the warmth of an era gone by, and the excitement of the Puducherry vibe, that is an eclectic blend of Franco-Tamil culture. A stylish, expansive suite on the ground level features a lazy lounge area, comfortable slumber space and a spacious bath area complete with a massive rain shower. The Penthouse suite on the top floor overlooks the inviting Puducherry town and the wraparound terrace with Mango trees offering shade with leather lounging seats is just what leisure therapy looks like. And if you’re in the mood for a dip in the pool, the property has a sun-kissed pool too.
When you drove into Pondy you may have had intentions of exploring the town, but once ensconced at La Villa, your heart will not let you leave the comfort of this magnificent stay. Despite its very dynamic design, La Villa feels like home, and the hosts, including the manager Sita, mix with the guests like old pals.
It’s unlikely that you will taste a menu that is so carefully curated anywhere else in Pondy. La Villa’s charm is largely centred around its cuisine – the well-planned dinners by the Michelin Star chefs and the fresh and delicious big breakfasts. Segiyane Sylvain and his team have spent a lot of time establishing relationships with local farmers, and it shows on the plate. Everything is fresh, sourced locally and amalgamated with international recipes to bring to you a truly Franco-Tamil culinary experience.
* Do try their 7-course artisanal dinner
* Walk along the stone path beside the water body as you listen to music — it’s therapeutic
* The in-house shop features work of some very good local artisans and fashion designers
* And do yourself a favour, order their Apple Pie