I have decided to take off this weekend, and leave this city (even all my love for it cannot keep me)!!! So I did what most excited Mumbaikars would do…..I called my travel agent.
Now, my travel agent is a real Hiro, as is his name. So he told me, “Madam i will phind best deal for you, you just come!” So I did what any Hiro fearing person would do…I went! And true to his word, find me deals he did. Hiro helped me realize that there is more to Maharashtra than just 3 cities(Mumbai, Pune, Nashik)….shocking!
This weekend, you too can live out your fantasies! Take off for a Balinese resort, eco-friendly tree house, an ancient royal fort, a quaint brewery, or sprawling acres of vineyards!!! All within driving distance from Mumbai. Too good to be true? Well then read on!
Radisson Resort & Spa, Alibaug
Feel like spending some time in a Balinese inspired getaway, surrounded by the Veshvi lake and Sahayadri mountains? Then you can head to the Radisson Resort & Spa, Alibaug for some serious 5 star pampering over the weekend!
The Radisson is spread across 16 flora-covered acres, providing a peaceful environment for hotel guests. This Hotel also houses the Mandara Spa, the largest spa in India!
They have a special offer, a package of Rs 21000 for 2 nights, and the 3rd night free! This includes breakfast and one major meal. Also a whole lot of complimentary goodies, such as a bottle of wine, foot massage and 10% discount on food and soft beverage! For reservations call + 91 2141 302400.
Visit their website for more details: http://www.radisson.com/hotels/indalib
The Machan, Lonavala
In the mood for something a little more exciting? How about spending your weekend, in a beautiful Tree House, in the dense forest of Jambulne, amidst the rich flora and fauna of the Western Ghats?
The Machan is a unique tree house located in the midst of an isolated private tropical forest in the Western Ghats. This private vacation home has recently been opened up to visitors.
The Machan has three distinctive bedrooms each equipped with a double bed and two full bathrooms. It has been designed to comfortably sleep up to six adults and is let out as one single unit.
Visit their website for more details: http://www.themachan.com/pc_machan.html
The Corinthians, Pune
In the mood for some freshly brewed beer, along with the usual resort perks?? The Corinthians has taken “serving fresh beer” to an extreme. They have a brewery producing the finest malt beers attached to their Brew House Pub!
The 1st Brew House Pub serves handcrafted beers such as Ales and Lagers in the Draught format. The 10 hectoliter brewery has a capacity to produce 2 lac litres of beer a year in 2000 varieties! Fresh from the Brewery now has an entirely different meaning!
For reservations at The Corinthians call +91-20-26952222 or +91-20-26952211
Visit their website for more information http://www.thecorinthianspune.com/
Fort Jadhavgadh, Pune
If you are a history buff, or just want to feel like a king, how about a brush with royalty this weekend?
The Fort Jadhavgarh is a fine example of Maratha craftsmanship. It was built by Pillaji Jadhavrao – Maratha General in the army of Chatrapati Shahuji (the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji), in the 18th century.
Fort JadhavGadh sits on a hillock South of Pune at a height of 2511 ft above sea level, commanding a spectacular view of the Diva ghat and its erstwhile region of control.
They have a special offer for weekdays, with packages starting at Rs 4,500 a night.
For reservations call Rubina : 022 2616 4040 Ext 3621 or Dipen : 99 8757 3819 / Farid : 99 8757 3816
Visit their site website for details http://fortjadhavgadh.com. You can even make reservations online.
Sula Vineyards, Nashik
This weekend takeoff for wine country, and head to Nashik. Think A Walk In The Clouds, and enjoy the quiet, quaint and cool evening in Nashik, walking the rows of vines lush with grapes. See how the most unadulterated and oldest beverage is made. Taste the various wines made from these fields. One does not need to be into wine to enjoy this different experience as it involves enjoying the surroundings and the vineyards as much as tasting the wine.
BEYOND, a beautiful villa on the Sula Vineyards, is now open for bookings. The bungalow is an exclusive living experience offering luxurious accommodation in a tranquil vineyard setting.
Soak up the peaceful view, savour the delicious food, and enjoy the locally-harvested high quality wines, whilst wrapped in the fresh air of pure indulgence.
Located just 3 km from the winery on the outskirts of Nashik, BEYOND has three large master bedrooms, each with a private balcony and lake view, a large lounge/dining area, a big lawn and a swimming pool.
As part of the package, their in-house chef will prepare three delicious, hearty meals a day with organic veggies from Sula’s own kitchen garden. The stay also includes a complimentary tour of the Sula vineyards followed by a wine tasting session at their wonderful Tasting Room.
For reservations call 91 9970090010 or 91 0253 2230575 between 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. from Mon to Sun.
For more details visit their website: http://sulawines.com/visit
If you want to see more than just one Vineyard, AND shell out less moolah (after all its not you whose selling all that wine!!!) how about taking the tour of our own desi Napa valley? Black Grape Holidays helps you do just that. Visit their website for details http://www.blackgrapeholidays.com/nashik.
For bookings call 9545 158505 or 020 32403447.
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