Away from the hurrying, chasing, haggling, racing of life adjust and trying to make sense of life’s frenetic pace. The weary soul starts longing for a spot, albeit small, which could soothe the frazzled nerves but also provides uniqueness in your travel. Maharashtra holds a lot more rather than just forts and villages, These unique stays will leave you in awe, here are the most offbeat stays we have found in and around Maharashtra.
1. Dune Barr House – Matheran
Surrounded by forest in a pedestrianized hill station, this Colonial-style hotel dates from the 19th century. It's 2 km from the Matheran train station. Built back in the 19th Century, is a mesh of British and Parsi architecture amidst the woods makes the stay earthy and stress-free. Everything from the architecture to the tasteful interiors of the rooms reminds us of the vintage era, but the availability of modern amenities will make you feel as though you’re in the best of contemporary times. Popular points of interest around the property include Charlotte Lake, Echo Point, Panorama Point, and Sunset Point along with recreational activities such as horse riding, bird watching, trekking, and sightseeing. Cost: INR 7,000 to INR 8,500
2. The Machan Resort – Atvan
This Resort is an eco-resort holding unique tree houses that have a height of 30-45 feet above the forest. Boasting lush greenery and a load of facilities, this place is occupied by the exotic beauty of the Jambulne. Each Machan is encased with a Canopy to enjoy the view of nature while being on your bed. Consists of a range of activities such as trekking, birding, stargazing, cycling, and visiting surrounding historical sites and traditional forms of entertainment as well. Cost: INR 14,990 per night
3. Amanzi Resort – Khadak, Lonavala
This is a boutique adventure resort near Mumbai that not only offers the best of luxury but also of nature and scenery. Overlooking the Pavana Dam, the property delivers a tranquil retreat to those who want to spend some time away from the city hustle and arranges activities like kayaking, trekking, and paragliding among others. Consists of Swiss-type chalets for accommodation, a Multi-cuisine restaurant, and individual chalet villas spread across lush greenery.
Cost: INR 13000 – INR 18000
4. Glass Treehouse - Nashik
Glass House, is a space that resembles a treehouse set amidst nature, equipped with stunning floor-length French Windows to give you a constant vision of the view. Imagine waking up to a view where the sky meets the earth at the horizon. With a theme of wood and pastel, earthier tones, the house is uniform in terms of its interior. With cane chairs that overlook the breathtaking view and a balcony that literally is a sweet spot for nature lovers and a sunset that’ll stay etched in your memory, forever, From Sula Vineyards to Harihar Fort, Harihar waterfall, Trimbakeshwar Temple, and Dugarwadi Waterfall, there are enough sights to keep you busy. The local market is just about 8 kilometers away from the property. Cost: Rs.40,960
5. Anandvan Resort - Bhandardara, Ahmednagar
Nestled in the interiors of Maharashtra and one of the darkest spots in the state with the least amount of light pollution you will witness the most ominous night sky possible and FIREFLIES. The holiday resort village sits by the Pravara River, has a lot of tourist attractions nearby, and is perched on top of 2800 ft, and is surrounded by wilderness. Choose from luxurious cottages or villas that are cozy and will win you over. Comes with basic rustic garden villas that come with private sit-out areas and are equipped with every amenity along with a private treehouse, Tree Top Nest, a hill cottage that has a private balcony overlooking the hills. Cost: Rs 7500 onwards
Tucked away close to the Tala Caves, this Eco Retreat indulges the senses and helps you rediscover a holistic sense of self in the midst of nature. The virginal landscape, green gullies, and water bodies are all positioned beautifully on the edge of a valley. Here, luxury and privacy go hand-in-hand. The property houses cottages, stunning container homes, yes you can live in actual shipping containers with lavish interiors, barn cabins, captivating tree houses, or their piece de resistance, glasshouse. If your soul craves that 'living in the forests' experience while being housed in clean, amazing tents, the folks at Forest Hills have made it possible too. They've opened doors to a campground that sprawls over 2.5 acres. Right from living in eco-friendly tents to live barbecue with the fresh produce to live music to a nature trail to Kuda caves to activities like archery and rifle shooting, ATV rides, etc, there's so much to do there; it was a camping trip like no other!
Cost: Rs 12,000 onwards.
Aren’t these stays the most spectacular! Perfect for a weekend getaway to de-stress. Do let us know which ones you liked the most.