The Machan truly enabled me to become one with Nature. I stayed here last November, in one of the camp canopies, with a couple of friends (We couldn't get the main Machan since we were a bit late with our reservations). The service was warmly welcoming, and made us feel at home. What truly blew me away was the location; all I could think of was ,"How in the world did they find this bit of heaven?" (I've edited out a few colourful words from my actual thought, out of courtesy :)
I really appreciated the attention to the little detials; be it the vintage nautical artifacts blending seamlessly with the earthy, luxurious appointments in the canopy , the sun-roof in the shower area, or even the immaculate bathroom (it is probably the best bathroom I've seen in a nature resort in India - ever!). The best feature of the room was the balcony - it literally makes you feel ethereal; like you're walking on trees!
We were taken on a tour of this unique property by one of the owners - the gregarious Sanat Hooja. Dinner was a sumptuous, hearty meal (with a very "home-cooked" feel ) by the crackling bonfire. It was nice to mingle with the other guests on the property and the owners. They suggested that we take a morning trek to a nearby hill with the house naturalists - which was a fascinating experience.
It is very difficult to justly describe the experience that is the Machan - because it offers such a subtle, unique way to truly appreciate, or rather luxuriate in the process of understanding nature - highlighted and glorified in the way a magnificent crown brings out the beauty of its most stellar gems. The machan never tries to take away from, or overshadow its true star - the natural beauty of the western ghats. Do not expect tacky swimming pools filled with screaming kids, or any such shenanigans. There are no TV's or AC's in the rooms - because they are not needed.
What the machan does give you is the opportunity to escape a life, so "full of care" and allow you to experience a place, where you can "stand and stare" at the beauty all around you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An award-winning eco-resort in Lonavala. The Machan is a story of dwellings that rise above the forest floor and form a symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings. All of its individual accommodations are floating in the air, with enchanting views and elegant rustic interiors. Its carbon footprint is minimal - with its energy generated solely through solar and wind. Located in Jambulne, one of 25 biological hotspots of the world and a mere 2.5 Drive from Mumbai (1.5 Hours from Pune), the Machan makes for an accessible weekend getaway. We invite you to take some time away from work and immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience. Reconnect with family, friends and loved ones in the comfort and privacy of this truly exclusive retreat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Machan Lonavala