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The Machan

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8 km Short of Aamby Valley, Lonavala, India (Formerly The Machan & Camp Canopy)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That was wow! I have been never to such a wonderful place ever in my life! Food was good. Staff was also very cooperating. The machans are very strategically made which brings us close to the forest and enjoy the woody feel of everything around. The clear glass walls are amazing. Had a pleasant stay at The Machan.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is painful to go through this process at a so-called "premium" destination that is 5-star rated by most travel websites. Our entire group (12 of us) believes it is a matter a of time that the 5-star rating you have falls to levels that are in-line with your service standards Overall - for the amount of money you are... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was seeking an escape from the heat and intensity of Mumbai. On a friend's recommendation, I made a last-minute booking of the Machan (Forest No 2) and came straight over after work, in the darkness. To wake up to the view and the noise of birds chirping was magical and rejuvenating. Thank you very much for creating such a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in the Canopy Machan, which is some 30 feet in the air above the trees and overlooking the valley. The views are breathtaking, the outside bath is fun. We only spent two days here and I thought that was enough, as there is not a lot to do. This place is off the grid, using solar power for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful concept, well executed. The owners have taken a lot of care to bring their vision to life. We stayed in the Jungle Machan; the outdoor viewing area is fabulous for early morning birdwatching. The rooms are very well appointed, and the combination of view, room and attentive service is well worth the price. Absence of mobile connectivity and... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far one of the best getaways in the western ghats. Each Machan in crafted beautifully allowing one to really revel in Nature's beauty along with the luxury of a 5 Star hotel. Be sure to try out the Out Door Bath-tub and Out Door Showers. Food is absolutely sumptuous!! BEST part of the machan is that it is 100%... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here because it is supposedly the nicest hotel in Lonavala. If that is true, it's not saying much. First, the good. The rooms are absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the newest room, a two story cabin with amazing views of the valley. It was tastefully designed, with two bathrooms, including an outdoor tub and shower. The hammock was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is the best place you can find in Lonavla. At the edge with a great view of the valley with Machan's modelled as tree houses. We took the large Heritage Machan. It has 3 bedrooms in 3 levels and a few petite balconies and a comfortable living and dining area. Go right up to the crow's nest and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Machan is a beautiful property located not too far from the touristy city of Lonavala. No signpost or overt markings show its existence, but for those in the know, this exclusive resort is a haven for those seeking a break from their harried city existence. Each of the rooms is beautifully constructed, including bathrooms with an open air shower and... More 

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Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my fifth visit to the property; something about staying atop the mountains surrounded by trees and nature , in luxe quarters makes me come back everytime! We stayed at the Canopy Machan this time, which had this open airy feeling, and a lovely loft. Despite the unbearable heat in Mumbai, the machan was actually quite pleasant. I was... More 

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