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Aamby Valley City
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Taluka Mulshi | Lonavala, Aamby Valley City 410401, India   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

It is a tranquil place ideal for holidaying with family. It has a few attractions like music fountain, boating, water sports, rock climbing etc. one can choose between different types of accommodations. A peaceful place for rejuvenation and relaxing.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

So we went to Aamby Valley with another couple. It was an expensive getaway but I said what the hell! We booked a Spanish cottage for a night. We got a good deal of 19000/- In that we breakfast and lunch complimentary. We also got tickets to the Broadway Show Cirque De Glace worth 2500/- each complimentary. We both believe in spending where required and this was my cost analysis for doing such an expensive trip.
So considering 2 pax dinner would be 2*1000 =2000 and 2 pax breakfst =2*1000 =2000 and tickets to the show 3 *2500=7500; we got nearly 11500/- bucks worth freebies. the room cost would have worked upto only 7500/- Which was reasonable or so we thought....
This is a huge place (city)carved out within the mountains. There are living quarters, cottages and villas spread across this place along with different spots or zones for rereation. You travel to and fro from your room to a vantage point by Mercedes(free - obviously thats why the room rates) and from there on golf carts take you through the narrow bylanes to the reception or your specific destination. Thats where the oomph factor lies!

The entry into Aamby Valley came as a pleasant surprise to me. We were greeted by Dholaks and Shehnais. This was a first and makes you feel majestic. One up for Aamby valley.
The Spanish cottage was a horror. It was a tastless little cottage with cloth covering the walls. Hot and stuffy. They suggested that we upgrade into an Ozzie Villa hingy by paying 6000/- extra. I argued that this was a nice way to make money. Give the guests something horrible and they would be forced to upgrade. After a two hour long fight the irritating duty manager(Jeetendra) took us to the recently renovated Spanish cottages. This we liked and we settled. The room was good, 4 star quality, but nothing I havent seen before. The exception being an Ipod docking station. So one down for Aamby valley.

we were given a choice to have our meals at the Woodpecker or veg. restaurant Manuhar. Woodepecker served good food. The variety was good. The chicken sausages were to die for. I wish there was a chicken tandoori dish. I never undersatnd why restaurants dont keep it in their 10 course menu - a fried chicken dish! Anyway, botht the meals dinner and breakfast there was lovely. The veg. rstaurant Manuhar was a disappointment. The food was overtly sweet even for a gujrati. The dishes were strictly okay nd the variety typical. Manuhar was located at the 'Summit -business centre. In that building there was a kiddie play room which was in terrible condition. most of the toys were broken and the trampoline was torn. These are the only two restaurants we visited.

The mini club: Was alright. Swimsuits are compulsory. We couldnt get into the water. There was a beachwear shop, we did not enter we were too tired.
Leisure Lounge: A must visit. A cozy siesta room coupled with a library and a super awesome play room for kids! This has go to be a kids dream play room. There is a snooker table, and baths and a huge gymnasium that I doubt guests use too much. The entry is free and you can stay as long as you like. Only the snooker is paid for.
Lagoon: 700/- per pax for the wave pool for 40 mins, plus swimsuits compulsory even for kids. It was worked out to 3000/- and more for 40 mins which we thought was a waste of money considering the afternoon sun was up. This place would have been ideal if we had visited it in the late morning 11 ish.
Stable; The horses were well tamed and beauifully bread. Half an hour on a horse for a kid is 400/- I felt it wasnt too bad and worth it.
Rod and reel(Angling) We did not try this though we visited this area.
Decibel(disco): We had kids. where would we leave them?
Aqua sports: Huge disappointment. All the jet skis were down. Kids were not allowed on the banana boat ride. And we did not want to take just a boat ride. we do that plenty here in Mumbai. they should mention that on the pamphlete somewhere.
The Legends(Golf course): I felt this was one of the best parts. The golf course is nice, however not better than the one at Khargar. We got 55 balls for 300/- and coaching was free. This felt good and worth trying. My hubby has started taking golf lessons after his trial here. He loved it.
19 Latitude: This was way outside, hence we did it the last. This is an in house adventure zone. It has rock climbing, rappelling. they were offering rock climbing and rappelling together as a compulsory duo citing reasons that the rappelling equipment was not working.(isnt that the same equipment err? Zip line - closes at 6:00 pm, we reached a little late - we were not allowed to do it. Zorbing was fun for people who dont get sick and are not claustrophobic. The people doing remote car racing seemed to be enjoying themselves. Overall worth it.
The broadway show- cirque de Glace: It was a modern take on a broadway showfeaturing pollution and global warming as its main theme. I liked it in the first 30 mins. after that it gets a little tiresome.
Dancing fountains: This was worth a watch and complimentary for all guests. I LOVEDDDDDD this show. It was only 20 mins but really nice. It still cannot hold a candle to the Amer Fort Light and Sound show or the fountains at Vrindavan. But still worth a watch!
It did feel like people with more inclination towards sports would enjoy more at Aamby Valley. Because the massages and spas are expensive without any extras thrown in. I felt that in some places like the water sports,rapelling and rooms a little bit of attention could have yielded better results. After all it is very expensive. Overall the best part is the sheer feeling of luxury you get when you travel every other place to and fro by a Mercedes and a golf cart. Wear a dress and a sun hat and you will feel like a billionaress roaming her vast beautiful estate. Once you check out, you can leave your bags at the reception and still use the Merc facility to visit the various zones. The room service is strictly average and so are the managers and the reception. But to maintain a place like this with staff and all is no joke. It also has great photo ops like the Bharat mata statue and the big swings and other landmarks. Even the concept of such a place is brilliant. It is absolutely kid-friendly. So if you are only an adventure freak, just buy a " DAY TICKET" leave the kids at home and return in the evening after enjoying the outdoor sports. You will save a lot of money that way. But to stay here is an experience that I would recommend for a good family time. It may mean fewwer sports but still a well rounded fun time. And to breathe in that pollution free air is an energising experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

I've been to this place many times with my friends and we always had a great time but not because of this place, because we were together. Firstly the cost of everything at this place is not worth the service they provide. Their rooms, food, water sports, salon everything is not worth their prices. It's a beautiful place to visit during monsoon, specially if you are with family or friends. The chalets are good but not worth the price they charge.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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16 hotel reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Went for the Broadway show Cirque de Glace at Aamby Valley. The show itself was amazing!! the artists were talented beyond words and they kept us transfixed through the show.

However I think they had overbooked because after the show started, they came in with chairs and set them up right in front in the grand zone which took them about 10 mins in all, to accomodate the rest of the guests with tickets. They tried their best to be quiet, but still, we had paid good money to see the show and this was not professional at all on the part of Aamby Valley.

The Fountain show that followed was very good, however the accoustics were not so we had an echo in the sound, which put a damper on it. But all said and done it was good fun.

Aamby valley by itself was disappointing. we were day visitors so did not see a room. I think I expected much more after the hype. We thought we would drive around and take a look at the planned city. There were no signboards so we were aimlessly driving around. Constructions going on everywhere. The gold course was very nice, and the chalets looked good.

The staff were helpful and the restaurant had a good buffet.

All in all a good day out.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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29 hotel reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

My elder sister from USA was visiting me and we wanted to give her a surprise.We planned a visit to this lovely place on 31st & 1st of April 2013 Everything is very very systematic.Your luggage is scanned at the entrance and then you are escorted to the reception.Staff at the Front desk is very cooperative and we were given two rooms 226A &226 B.We were given map of the property and then dropped to our room.Steps are taken that you get all necessities (Pressing/Coffee maker) in the room.Bathrooms are very big and towels were almost new.Housekeeping is very fast and additional complimentary bottles of mineral water are delivered immediately on call.Room service is also good.We were lucky to witness Laser show in the evening just opposite the reception for almost 20-25 minutes.Food is costly and morning breakfast is almost Rs 900/-per person, but has lot of variety.On the whole it was an experience which we will cherish for long time.My sister,who has traveled almost whole of the world,found it difficult to believe that such big property is possible at any place & just loved it(She had her operation done for replacement of both the knees in Nov 2012).We would like to
take her again on her next visit to Mumbai as well next year.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pune, India
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

firstly no signs to places to guide you to your room location or other activity areas so a person gets lost as he enters .... when they charge us 30000 ++ rs a nite u expect the world at ur feet ..... but unforunately not in the case at aamby valley .... the room we stayed at have nails sticking out of the wooden flooring .... the bathroom has leakages all around .... the service takes ages to come .... not much activities to do .....

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

I know its too late to write a review here. I got to know about Tripadvisor in Aug.'12 and kept visiting lots of lovely place after reading the reviews here and finally i am off from the couple of trips and reviews hence got to write about Aamby Valley.

We had been to this lovely and finest property in the month of August, 2011.

It is almost 40kms drive from Lonavala city and when we reached the entrance we were thrilled to see the security system they have. First they will check your booking page and photo id card upon the validation the security boys will take your luggage and put it in the scanner and your car will be checked with some security instrument. Post to this one security vehicle with a red and yellow light on the roof will guide your car to the Reception.

We checked in which took some 30mins odd and we were given a Aamby Valley Map of their property which spread across in almost more than 40kms radius. We have booked Spanish Cottage and taken Americal Meal Plan.

The one thing which we loved is property -it's breathtaking, fantastic, awesome, pollution free with less crowd. The world class Golf Court was a splendid experience and other than that staffs are truely courteous and helping. Mr. Vikas for Water Safari Guide is an excellent and caring man we had by our side.

Please Note: -

As all the comments mentions here about the expensive part of the hotel is a million percent true story.

Simple example : - We ordered a Coke tin in a restaurant which costed us Rs.120/- We stayed for two nightsbilled close to about Rs. 55000/- [Including Spa which costs close to Rs. 2000/- per head] + Sports activities prices were seperate.

I would still say it is truely amazing experience and you should experience it atleast Once.

As all says here, A Must Go Once but Very Expensive.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Taluka Mulshi | Lonavala, Aamby Valley City 410401, India
Location: India > Maharashtra > Aamby Valley City
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Hotel Class:5 star — Aamby Valley City 5*
Number of rooms: 500
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ambay Valley City is the first of its kind Megalopolis, spread over more than ten thousand undulating acres of verdant expanse, is snugly nestled amidst picturesque environs of the great Sahayadri mountain range. It's independent India's first planned, self-contained aspirational City, remarkable for its surpassed grandeur and plush signature-features. Ambay Valley City is being developed to be amongst top five Destination cities in the world.A highly conducive weather, misty mountain peaks, luxuriant foliage, the enchanting gardens, fountains of ecstasy, the exotic wilds, serene lascivious lakes, the gentle balmy mountain, breeze, redolence of the mountain blooms are some of the features of this exotic city. You can take a chartered plane or helicopter from Mumbai airport and land in Ambay Valley City in a record 20 minutes! Alternatively, you can drive down from Mumbai's domestic airport via Expressway to Lonavala and through Bushi Dam to this valley. The distance to Ambay Valley City from Mumbai is 122 kms. ... more   less 
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