I'm not where to start in describing how incredible my time at Shillim was. To preface, I am a 4 year Diamond member at Hilton and have stayed at dozens of Hilton hotels across the US, Australia and Europe. None compare to my time at Shillim... If you are too busy to read this entire review here is the main point: "GO! You will not regret your trip!" For those with enough time and patience, here goes. We've all been there, when we see the hotel online and the pictures make it look so magnificent, but when you get there, check in and see the hotel and your room, find your self very underwhelmed. I can say for the first time, the pictures on the website don't do this place justice. Location: The location is absolutely unreal. It was a treat to escape the hustle and bustle and horns of Mumbai and Pune for the weekend in the completely secluded location. It is gorgeous being surrounded by beautiful green mountains, and nestled into the hillside. Amenities: I spent many hours relaxing by the pool, at the relaxation pavilion and in my private backyard along side my private pool. The spa also has great amenities including saunas, steam room and private villas for a wide variety of treatments. PEOPLE: Above all, I've never been to a hotel or resort where the staff so genuinely cared about you. Not just because they wanted a tip, but because they are proud of the resort and honored to have you as a guest. I never passed by a single individual who didn't say "Hello" with a smile (and very impressive English.) The butlers are always available to help book an adventure, dinner, or just to give you some history of the area. The resident Dr. Goswami was extremely helpful in setting up spa treatments, and aligning the treatment with my specific needs. I'll stop rambling, and I'm sure I have left out more of the incredible aspects of the resort, so you should go find out for yourself, just how amazing it is.
- 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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