We spent a magical weekend at the Machan in October this year. We were staying in the "cabin in the woods" a glass panelled bungalow tucked away in a wooded spot. The bungalow consists of a massive bedroom cum seating area and an equally spacious bathroom. The living space is enclosed entirely by incredibly clear glass panes and wooden beams. The decor is tasteful with wooden furniture and period fixtures (care for a fieldglass anyone?). In front of the bungalow is a porch with a couple of chairs and a water feature. Everything is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Staying in the cabin really gives you a sense of being cocooned safely, yet immediately, in the woods - all you see around you are trees and all you hear is the chirping of crickets and birds.
The staff was unfailingly courteous and helpful and are able to strike the balance of giving you your space while always being a call away. A nature walk is organised by a very knowledgeable member of the staff, but you can always strike off on your own around the property, as we did (but be sure to carry mosquito repellent, sturdy walking shoes and a walking stick – any of the fallen branches serve as one). The forest has a little stream, great views of the valley below and plenty of winding tracks to get ‘lost’ in. We saw a huge snake and butterflies as large as a child’s face.
Must mention the food as well since it’s delicious and wholesome (and you can work up quite an appetite exploring the forest). Breakfast is included and you can order a la carte for the rest of the meals or go in for the lunch/dinner options. They have also have cool beers and Breezers on offer.
There is no mobile network at the Machan and you need to go towards Lonavla to get any – which only serves to increase the secluded feel of the place. Whilst the Machan is on the expensive side, I’d recommend it over a number of equally expensive but utterly characterless "five star" hotels all over the Ghats and especially in Lonavla. Highly recommended for a weekend getaway from Mumbai.
- 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 floating in the air, with enchanting 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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