It took us just 2 1/2 hours from Mumbai to discover this entirely different universe. I cannot have enough good things to say about The Machan. From the moment I called to make enquiries about a booking, the service and attention to detail has been exceptional. The tree canopies are unique, beautifully laid out, thoughtfully planned and have super bathrooms. But what really struck us was the warmth and graciousness that was the hallmark of our stay here. There are many beautiful properties/hotels around the world, but it takes a special effort to make your visitors feel like guests. Varun and Sanath, the owners spend 3-4 days a week here and their personal attention to detail reflects in everything at the resort. Expect rustic luxury & delicious, simple, home style cooking. Don't miss their yummy masala chai. Order it in room service and sip it while overlooking the entire forest and valley. They've just got a young, enthusiastic naturalist, Naval, who took us and our two young kids on a nature walk through their 25 acre property. Our kids just loved checking out the baby millipedes, baby crabs, the spider lillies and wading through the ankle deep streams that criss cross the property. We went during the rainy season which was superb but were told that the weather and the stars during winter are also spectacular. They are also one of the rarer eco resorts that try to generate their own energy, both solar and wind.
We are going to be dreaming about the view from T-1, our room 30 feet in the sky as the mists drifted past ... for a very long time!
- 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