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MTDC Karla
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

My friends and I recently made a trip to lonavla and were staying at MTDC KARLA and had a great time there. We were put up in the Delux A/C cottage which had 2 large comfortable bedrooms with a huge hall and a beautiful sit out area sourrounded with greenary around.
As such, Lonavla isn't known for its food. People usualy come here for the great climate and long drives. But we struck gold at MTDC Karla. Not only was the overall mood serene and peaceful but the food was mind blowing. Simple, soulful desi khana. It's like we couldn't have gone wrong if we blindly picked a random item from the menu. I'm a foodie and love my meat and sea food but I couldn't get enough of the veggies here!
And ohh the Barbeque! I've had my fair share of kebabs and tandoor but this was the first time my friends and I took part in the actual barbecuing process. The experience of doing it in the open air was something else. The marination and flavours were spot on and arrangements the chef made, made it really easy for us to turn out some mouth watering kebabs. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. They really make sure we are comfortable and well fed. During our 2 nights and 3 days stay we had 5/7 meals including the breakfast at this restaurant by choice ofcoz. Thanks to the management at Karla we had a great time. Also a special thanks to Mr.Ravi Kotian who made it so convinient and perfect for us. We are definitely coming back for more. Cheers!! 

  • Stayed: June 2014
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3  Thank madhurikadalvi26
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

I experienced how everything changes with your perspective.

This is a serene property and you can have great fun with a little bit planning. A very nice and relaxing resort with distantly placed rooms give you perfect peace of mind. USP ofcourse is the waterpark, which is amazing, full with lots of rides & reasonably well maintained.

We booked a Garden Non A/c room after looking at the reviews here. The room (No.59) we were given was terrible. Two single beds (somehow managed to fit my 3 year old) in an unclean room and bathroom with broken tiles. On top of it there is a construction going on at the back so all the noise and irritation. The resort was overbooked so we couldn't even get a change or upgrade.

We landed in the waterpark at afternoon to find it overcrowded with people entering in with all their clothes (Costume compulsory is just a sign to be ignored). People were having picnic (eating tiffins n all) right out of the pool. I almost wanted to come back.

Next day we upgraded to Garden Room A/c and with this lovely room things started looking better.
We went to waterpark early before the mad rush so could enjoy everything.
Boating at the lake behind the resort is also fun. Go early to avoid waiting.

Food -
The best surprise was the restaurant. We had 3 of our 4 meals & 2 breakfasts at the resort. Tried different cuisines and it was all yummy.

Activities -
1. Waterpark (11 a.m - 5 p.m)
2. Kids areas spread over the resort
3. Boating, camel ride
4. A spa & massage centre

Sightseeing -
1 - Karla caves are at 10 mins. drive
2 - Dr. Balaji Tambe's Aatmasantulan village is right next to the resort (visiting hours 3-5 p.m)

So, here is a few pointers to have most of this resort -
1. Call in before booking a room with your specifications
2. Avoid weekends (specially Saturday)
3. Get in the pool at 11 to avoid crowd. Preferably carry your own costume and a robe to change back quickly. (you get rentals there, they are ok)
4. Rooms are a little far from restaurant so you have to take your vehicle around or carry walking shoes

Room Tip: . Check out the map attached. . Go for A/c rooms as they seemed better . Ask for rooms closer to reception if travelling with elderlies
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank mrunalgarde
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Three of us retirees love to meet up every month in some resorts close to Mumbai. Last month we decided to visit Karla.
Our experience there was 'almost satisfied'. The property is beautiful. The cottages are well designed and at discreet distances from each other to maintain a sense of exclusivity. Getting to the cottages from the reception is very simple due to excellent signage.
we got a cottage that was at around 10-15mins walking distance from the restaurant in the premises which offers no room service. :( and this is what held back the 5th star in the rating.
Senior citizens get a 20% discount and that felt good :)

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank blownmagic
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Stay date: 14 & 15 June 2014
Room: Standard room #73
Resort review:
1) Good for people seeking peace and no city hassle
2) Lots of greenery and childern play area
3) Near to the caves site
4) This resort is good for families and couples. Not an option for youngsters and thrill seeking people
5) You need a car to reach to this resort. Slighly isolated area, One may get autos, but not sure.
Room review:
1) The room was very spacious for a couple
2) The absence of AC wasn’t felt, as the place is cool
3) Neat and clean room with geyser facility in the bathroom
4) Room have neeted windows, so aeration is not a problem
5) Parking near the room itself
Boating:
1) Good facility and cheap too!
2) The paddle boat is worth the option. The 15 mins ride easily extends to 20-25 mins. Nice fun for a couple
3) Do check with the recpetion before planning a visit. It’s closed during the rains
Water park:
1) Not worth, small compared to Water Kingdeom at Mumbai
2) Not cleaned properly, I could see flies and leaves. Water was clean though
3) Lack of life-guards and vigilant supervisors
4) A big disappintment for a water loving person
Massage centre:
1) A very relaxing experience
2) Average facility though
Restaurant:
1) Only one 1 restaurant and a very big disappointment too
2) Food quality is average but pricey
3) The service is awful, waited ½ hr for a simple club sandwich and had to cancel it later. Waited 1.5 hrs for a chicken starter, but never got one. No free chanas with drinks.
4) Being a resort, the restarurant ought to be of a higher quality. Also, the resort being at an isolated area, no nearby hotels.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sanjiv1983mahato
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Nice water park...But staff there find difficult to maintain that...Good choice for boating there... Water park was ill maintained.. Wave pool was not working when we were there.
Has small children garden with slides and sea saw..

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
2  Thank CARATOR
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