Thanks to a very busy start to the work year, I was sure I was already late to book an extended weekend for our first Valentine's Day as a married couple this year. I couldn't begin to imagine how disappointed my wife would be if we had to spend the extended weekend in Mumbai. Yet, luck was on our side, and doing an online search for last-minute travel deals, we came across the website of Lotus Resort Silvassa, a Kamat Group property, The brand name was reassuring and after a quick check on the website, I discovered they had a scheme in which you could name your price for any room of your choice, and they would let you know if they could give it to you for that price. Skeptical of our chances but wishing strongly for a good deal, I was delighted to find 2 days later an email from the resort offering me a double room for exactly the price I had entered, a saving of nearly 40 percent on the rack rate.
Our luck continued when we started to book our travel--we were able to find confirmed seats to Vapi, which is the nearest station to Silvassa. Silvassa to Vapi is about 45 minutes and the road is fairly good. Silvassa is the capital of the union territory Dadra & Nagar Haveli, once ruled by the Portuguese and you can still see some influences. Given that it is situated so close to one of Western India's industrial hubs, we didn't expect much in terms of beauty or seclusion. We were just glad to have found a comfortable place outside Mumbai.
The resort itself is at a smart location for a weekend getaway and the front desk staff is quite helpful. A small river runs alongside the resort to its south and a fairly large swimming pool adds to the general feeling of a laidback weekend jaunt. The room was spotlessly clean and had a cosy little balcony with two love seats. We could see the river bubbling past from between the trees outside our room, but since it was February, there wasn't much force to the river water. The room had a slightly musty smell, but it was just right for two people. The building itself is quite compact and wisely, the owners have provided more open spaces in the form of the pool, a mid-sized lawn with swings and a smaller enclosure for small animals such as hens and rabbits. The cages weren't quite clean, but if you have kids, they will love the place.
The restaurant is open air and frankly the seating and decor are disappointing for a resort. But the food is rather good, with a good selection of veg and non-veg dishes. The Kamat imprint is evident--wholesome, no-frills food that you don't have to worry about. But being open to the public and given the territory it is in, you may find all sorts of people walking in for lunch and snacks. Of course, given that it is so close to the Gujarat border, you may find many diners come there for the liquor as well. Not to worry, the restaurant staff is quick to serve you and is generally attentive. At least, we found them to be. They were willing to accommodate our special requests with respect to the non-veg food as well.
There really isn't much to see around the resort--in fact the resort is almost an oddity in the middle of a business zone. But it's value for money and I know having a market about 10 minutes away by auto saved me on V-day--I was able to make last minute purchases for my wife!
Go for it if you want a quick weekend not too far away from Mumbai, just don’t expect too much.
Ask for a room facing the river or the pool--the others don't have much of a view
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