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The Machan
Ranked #3 of 67 Hotels in Lonavala
Certificate of Excellence
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Camping in the air, allowed me to clear my mind, and stand and stare ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you are in a party of 4 or more people, make sure u call in advance to reserve the main Machan
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Setauket, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

I cannot think of a mire beautiful, ecologically friendly place to stay in lonavala. The machan provides luxury comparable to the some of the best hotels without stealing the limelight from the star of the show, the Sahyadris.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

One of the best places in the country. Really enjoyed the experience. Will be back for sure.
The service, the rawness, the staff are all superb. The small details of the place and the wildlife conservation that is being done and various other initiatives are incredible.
The accommodation is really innovative, comfortable and unique!

Room Tip: Any room. Its all fantastic!!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

A standing ovation for the splendid effort and the awesome idea. The care taken to merge in with the surrounding and not stand out is what really takes the cake. This is exactly what we miss in other places and you guys have done a fantastic job here. The hospitality extended to us made us feel real nice. The personalised touch was great. It made us feel like guests and we were really well taken care of. Finally, kudos for the little attention to details. The structure, the furniture, the little decorations, everything was awesome. We shall surely come back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

The staff are very efficient and deliver the best customer service. The concept is very unique and your in for a treat for the views from the main tree house especially at dawn when the sun strikes the valley. Every piece of furniture has a piece of history behind it which completes the whole experience.

Its a slice of heaven a few hours away from the bustling grind of Mumbai.

Eco living in the true sense at its finest

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank RexStarReviews
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Additional Information about The Machan

Property: The Machan
Address: 8 km Short of Aamby Valley, Lonavala, India (Formerly The Machan & Camp Canopy)
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Region: India > Maharashtra > Lonavala
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Lonavala
#3 Spa Hotel in Lonavala
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,246 - ₹ 18,652
Hotel Class:3 star — The Machan 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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