2016-05-11 | 09:52 am GMT
Shrinking weekends make getting away from the chaos of the city almost impossible. This, coupled with the rising temperatures makes getting from one day to day another difficult. It is, thus, no surprise that a weekend is always sought after. If you haven’t had a chance to plan in advance and yet aspire for a quiet escape to unwind, here’s a list of luxury retreats in close proximity to Mumbai, encompassing tranquil water bodies and serene landscapes to make the most of the weekend.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa
A three-hour drive away along the Mumbai-Pune expressway, the 320-acre large Hilton Shillim, is a wellness destination packed with life-enhancing spa-therapy. It is enveloped by picturesque wilderness, mountain forests, ridges and open grasslands. If the view was just not enough to calm your senses, there’s the spa, spread over 70 acres and featuring 17 treatment rooms that offer a series of holistic practices. The therapies are truly one-of-kind, which weave yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques that are perfect for rejuvenation. It’s not surprising that guests don’t want to go back once they’ve got a taste of this exotic retreat.
This one’s for all those eco-nuts who talk about being one with nature. The eco-resort, a short drive away from the town of Lonavala, does that and how! Neatly tucked into the forests of the Western Ghats, the format of the suite at Machan aims to disconnect its guests from urban chaos, letting them embrace the natural surroundings with open arms. Each ‘machan’ (a tree house), rising 30 - 45 ft above the forest, is designed to minimise any impact on its natural surroundings. You can book your stay at one of their accommodations such as Heritage Machan, The Forest Machan, Canopy Machan or the Jungle Machan and become one with the forest. The rooms are void of TV sets; fret not, with activities such as trekking, star gazing and bird watching, you will sure thank them for taking you back to an era before the advent of television.
Le Méridien Resort & Spa occupies a secluded spot, sprawling across 27 acres of the picturesque hill-side of Mahableshwar. If you are a water baby, bask in the tranquillity of the lagoon-style Leisure Pool or take a dip in the spectacular rooftop Infinity Pool, surrounded by views of the forested valleys of Western Ghats. After enjoying a swim, head to the Explore Spa that hosts treatments that are a blend of traditional therapies with modern techniques. The Recreation Centre features table tennis, pool tables, board games, a library, and more, while Le Méridien Family Kids Cub offers endless fun for the youngest guests.
If you want a piece of Goa without the hassle of the long journey, Deltin Daman is the perfect bet. The 10-acre large property is an oasis in itself with its main highlight, the massive water body meddling through the resort. The resort gives unwinding along the pool a tranquil twist—the loungers are placed halfway into the pool. The property encapsulates a casino theme with its form and décor and instantly lends the feel of a luxurious casino. Deltin has several options for a gourmet’s delight, Vegas, Emperor, The Pool Bar, and The Whiskeys. Make sure to dine at Emperor, its pod-like setting is perfect for a romantic dinner date.
Radisson Blu, Alibaug
Drive past the archway and the gorgeous lawns and tranquil pools wait to embrace you at Radisson Blu. Nestled in the coastal town of Alibaug, the 16-acre retreat boasts of multiple pools—perfect to beat the heat. Head to the nearby beaches or simply retire to enjoy a full-service spa treatment. For the bibliophiles, there’s a secluded library where you can unwind with your favourite title. The property has 156 rooms, suites and villas with a private garden or a balcony that offers views of the beach or the massive pool. To satiate your taste buds, there are two restaurants and three bars.
- Shireen Kanchwala