Radisson targets business travellers, opens MICE hotel in Pondicherry

Radisson Resort Pondicherry Bay is the city’s most sophisticated setting for banquet functions, business meetings and conferences, premier launches, executive retreats, grand weddings, and celebratory events. 

Radisson Hotel Group has opened Radisson Resort Pondicherry Bay in the coastal fishing village of Arikamedu in Pondicherry. Situated between a lagoon and the Bay of Bengal, the hotel is primarily targeting business and MICE travellers. This opening makes Radisson the first international hotel brand to operate in the union territory of Pondicherry.

Pondicherry’s beautiful colonial architecture is reflected through the resort’s design, with interiors inspired by the rich French and Tamil culture.

“We are certain that the Group’s international repute will help us draw and cater to domestic and international travelers alike. Nestled in the quaint coastal fishing village of Arikamedu, the resort creates the perfect symphony by fusing old-world European charm with local flavors. We anticipate this being even more relevant now as travelers are actively scouting for offbeat locations to rewind and rejuvenate, with a focus on wellness,” says Vikram Cotah, CEO, GRT Hotels & Resorts.

The resort includes two on-site restaurants that offer a variety of local and international F&B offerings. The Bay Bistro offers stylish décor and an array of dishes that bring together the French and Indian cuisines. The Great Kebab Factory specializes in North-West Indian dishes, including kebabs and special types of Indian breads. Additionally, Arikamedu Lounge serves freshly baked pizzas made in wood-fired oven designed by an Italian artisan from Auroville.

Spread over 20,000 sqm, the serene resort amalgamates modern design and comfort with rustic surroundings for delivering an immersive experience to its guests. Pondicherry’s beautiful colonial architecture is reflected through the resort’s design, with interiors inspired by the rich French and Tamil architecture and the use of locally sourced materials like the classic Athangudi floor tiles from Chettinad. It also houses a 260 sqm hydro-therapy saltwater Moroccan pool with a jacuzzi, called Salt Splash.

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“2021 was a milestone year for us at Radisson Hotel Group as we successfully opened our 100th hotel in India. With the onset of 2022, we continue our ambitious five-year expansion plan as we add Radisson Resort Pondicherry Bay to our portfolio. This hotel is part of our vision to make premium hospitality accessible in every part of our vibrant country, especially in the tier-II and III markets. We look forward to strengthening our footprint in India by introducing hotels and resorts that offer an elevated guest experience with a significant focus on design and architecture,” said Zubin Saxena, Managing Director and Vice President Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group.

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