The Machan Resort : Lonavla
Date: April 2011
Right from the time of booking (at such short notice) till the departure, i was floored by the communication with the "Machan Team" so prompt and professionalism personified. Price doesnt matter when you see the service and the lovely ambience. I was amazed that there were no sign boards.... indeed the two white washed stones are the hallmark of a holidaying experience!
I had the most amazing, serene, satisfying holiday at The Machan Resort - Camp Canopy... The two nights three day trip was out of the world ... far surpassing the website and reviews.
The welcome itself was a preview of the things to come.
The Camp Canopy was "PERFECT" simple, tasteful and aesthetically done up. A treetop tent! The tent was so spacious, with a private sit in area with the amazing view and the daily sunrise. The brass antiques and the selection of the furniture, the oh so well done up bath area and the thoughtful guide on birds truly reflects the eye for detail. For the privacy of guests i would rate this place 10 on 10. (Credit goes to the well trained staff - they were so organised, so polite and caring, and not overbearing just the way i wanted.) The view is simply awesome.
The amyrallis landscaping (under progress) and the natural terrain was so soothing, the guided nature trail and the sightings of the deers and birds, the amazing indigenous medicinal plants in all its natural glory and the care taken to maintain them in their natural habitat by the owner truly touched my heart. Detailed care is taken to maintain the natural terrain, the power is self generated with solar cooking and the wind mills..
The lunch served in a clearance among the trees and the candle light dinners with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes cooked to perfection with the staff in the shadows is something to be experienced.
The maintenance of the rooms twice daily says a lot... the small surprise arranged on the day of departure simply made me emotional !
i wont deny i have holidayed at 7 star hotels abroad and experienced the best of what the west has to offer, but despite this The Machan Resort far surpassed the expectations thanks to its love and concern to conserve nature. A visit especially in the monsoons is recommended for sure.
Once again i thank the Machan Team... Keep up the good work!
- 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 located 30-40 feet in the air, with enchanting valley 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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