We went there with some friends and had a lovely surprise in store for us... Got upgraded to a spa pool villa..... Great start to the trip.... The rooms are exactly like how they are shown in the pictures posted on their website... The heated pool was very relaxing and gave the stay a whole new meaning... Tho are friends villa faced a technical issue with the heating of the pool so we all landed up using the pool in our villa which doubled the fun... Food was superb.... The breakfast buffet spread was good but not as lavish as u mite find in say taj or other luxury hotels.... They have a open air flute organised on request which makes the ambience more relaxing... There is an issue with the mobile networks as only artel and Vodafone seem to have coverage... But it does tend to work in your favour as there are no work related calls to trouble you during your stay there.... The butler service provided is prompt and caters to all your needs..... The staff is very friendly and are always willing to share more about the retreat and their personal experience at the retreat... Overall a great experience.....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- To Conserve, to Sustain and to Heal The Shillim state of mind The multiple awards winning Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa has been rated as "The Best Luxury Resort" in Asia by Business Destinations magazine and has also been rated as one of Top-5 new luxury resorts in India for the year 2013, by Conde Nast reader's Choice Awards. The retreat was also award the HATT award for "IT Innovation" for the year 2014. The 350 acre retreat is located within the 3,500-acre private Shillim Estate and is a short drive from Mumbai and Pune. The all-villa Hilton Shillim Retreat & Spa is nestled in an unspoiled sylvan setting, amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats, Offering a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit, this retreat features one of the most extensive spas in Asia, offering over 80 treatments. Here, expert therapists integrate the ancient philosophic, spiritual and artistic wisdom of South Asia with modern international techniques. Meditate in the uniquely designed Meditation Cave or relax and enjoy the breathtaking nature of Shillim on the Relaxation Terraces. Shillim Spa offers you a range of opportunities to relax and heal, guided meditations are conducted by our masters and sunset yoga conducted every day at the Yoga Pavillion, located in the bowl of the mountains, help you discover wellness in the most conducive environment. Guests can also retreat to our tranquil Tea House, which offers a selection of health promoting blends. Food lovers will be spoiled with our extensive range of dining options, ranging from the relaxed to the extraordinary. Indulge in our exclusive 'Dining by Design', where you create your own unique culinary experience - from the setting, be it on a mountain-top or by a waterfall, to the cuisine, both organic and locally sourced, in keeping with our holistic approach to well-being. Relax in your villa, set amidst rice fields and bamboo plantations and marvel at panoramic views from your private balcony. Our Villas feature a variety of amenities, such as an exclusive butler service for the spa villas and private therapy zones to allow you to unwind in complete comfort and privacy. Highlights • Exclusive location within the serene, breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats • All-Villa retreat with accommodation amidst rice fields, bamboo plantations and virgin forests • 17 spa treatment rooms and private treatment areas in each villa, with visiting therapists and resident Masters to ensure complete rest and wellbeing to body, mind and spirit • Unique dining experiences include mountain-top and waterfall settings, and complemented by organic and locally sourced ingredients • Horse riding in the pristine nature of Shillim • Shillim Institute Cooking School, dance, music and pottery studios What to do around here Spread over 350 acres of beautiful pristine wilderness within the 3,500-acre private Shillim Estate, this retreat offers guests a variety of on-site activity to enrich their experience. At the Shillim Institute located within the retreat, participate in classes at the cooking school and the dance, music & pottery studios. Explore the vast surroundings of the estate on nature walks and treks though the unspoilt forest, go mountain biking or horse riding across the stunning landscape. Find that perfect view of a waterfall and picnic beside it, or go fishing at Lake Pavna located in the resort. Outside the retreat, discover the fascinating Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and see intricate carvings dating back to 80 B.C. The ancient Maratha forts like Tikona, Tungi and Lohagad also offers a wealth of interesting history for visitors to enjoy. Local Attractions 1. Western Ghats- A UNESCO world heritage site 2. Lake Pavna 3. Ancient Buddhist Caves from 2 BC- Bhaja & Karla. 4. Ancient Maratha fortresses- * Tungi fort * Tikona fort * Lohagad fort HOW TO GET HERE Guests travelling from Mumbai have the option of a 30-minute seaplane flight that connects Juhu Airport and Pawana Dam, located at a short distance from the property. The drive from Mumbai to Shillim on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway takes just under three hour and the drive from Pune takes 1.5 Hours. Juhu Airport A 30-minute commercial seaplane flight by MEHAIR connects. Juhu Airport to Pawana Dam that is located at a short distance from the property. The team at the retreat arranges the 25-minute transfer from Pawana Dam to the property. ... more less
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