Since 2003 we are spending january-march in South India and mostly at CGH Earth properties.They are eco-friendly, charming, perfectly maintained and have a staff of excellence. After a very enjoyable stay at Marari Beach Resort ( 7/1/2013 -30/1 ) and a week travelling to Munnar and Thanjavur we spend 24 days ( 6/2-2/3 at the new CGH Earth hotel , Palais de Mahé in Pondicherry ( opened in december 12, 2012 ). This beautiful mansion is strategically located in the French Quarter within walking distance to the beach, key attractions, restaurants and the Tamil Quarter. With its unique architecture in French colonial style, its 18 spacious rooms and patios this royal palace is stylish and elegantly decorated. Our room 206 was palatial, clean and quiet with a large king bed, a sitting area , dual airconditioning and fans and a nice view on the lovely swimming pool. On the main level the hotel has a cafe where they sell excellent coffees, and sandwiches. Breakfast was just perfect . The restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes.Manager Dinu Ramakrishnan and his friendly and efficient staff are so warm and accomodating that you feel home.