It was my birthday and we were looking for a quick break from our usual routine.. Given the time we could spare, the only option we could think off was Lonavala/Khandala... We drove up there this weekend and were looking for a good hotel to spend the weekend.. We were in no mood to explore Lonavala/Khandala.. So, we were looking for a place where we could spend the entire weekend without stepping out of the resort. After a long search in Lonavala, we headed towards Khandala and found exactly what we wanted. Peace and tranquility.
We knew we would love the Duke when we got into the lobby. The place is under a little bit of renovation but we hardly noticed. The rooms were great and spacious and offered wonderful views of the valley and the expressway. The bathroom was nice and spacious. The bed is nice and soft.
The food impressed us the most. We opted for an all-inclusive package and were a little apprehensive about the food. But all our doubts were put to rest. The food was really very good and offered several options. Even my 1.5 year old daughter enjoyed her meals.
The staff is very courteous. We had a little bit of a problem with the room we were initially put in. But we were immediately moved to another room as soon as they figured they could not fix the problem soon.
If I have to pick on an improvement tip, I would suggest having at least a few rooms with king size beds. We were told that all rooms have 2 single beds that are joined together. We would have been fine with this had it not been for our daughter who would sleep between us. :) The gap between the 2 cots is a little bit of a problem. But, having said this, once the beds are joined, the bed becomes super huge. :) Our daughter enjoyed the soft bed.
Overall, a wonderful experience and I'l definitely go back for a short break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dukes Retreat at Khandala is not more than a 15 minute picturesque drive away from Lonavala. The resort is a landmark located 1850 ft. above sea level. Keys Khandala is spread across 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, valley-view and the mesmerizing Western Ghats. The property benefits from being set in the lap of the flora of the region and nestles amidst waterfalls, nature trails and winding forest paths. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Dukes Retreat Hotel Khandala