Weekends are to explore all the beautiful properties, no matter where you live. Isn't it so? Going out for a weekend stay much before it became a staycation is one of my favourite hobbies.
Just staying in a good property, laying low in a place away from the usual visuals is a sigh of relief.
Here's another place near Mumbai where I loved staying at. (Check out my other articles here)
Just about 3 hours from Mumbai lies this beautiful and unexplored place called Anandvan Resort. It's in Bhandardara which is a quaint hill station and a great getaway option from Mumbai and Pune.
About the property
Anandvan is an Eco Boutique luxurious family resort, set in the foothills of the Western Ghats. The resort is surrounded by greenery, and it overlooks the gigantic Lake Arthur. It offers gorgeous treehouses, villas, massages and so much more.
The resort has a limited number of rooms, and with that, it offers exclusive treatment and much-personalized experience to all its guests.
Anandvan has a various style of rooms to choose from that leaves one spoilt for choices.
There is a Garden room, superior room, Treetop nest, One bedroom garden cottage, two-bedroom villa hill view and a three-bedroom villa. Each room is different in terms of design and layout but equal in comfort. All the rooms in Anandvan resort offer either lake or Moutain view.
The resort curates a lot of dishes with fresh and locally sourced ingredients and unique regional discoveries. There are multiple dining options as well that are divided into three spaces; The Oak Restaurant, The Oak Lawn & Lakeview Grill & Wilsons Den- Bar. Other than these, one can request for in-house dining or have a candlelit dinner at the sprawling lawns.
Things to do
There are many options of indoor games that can keep one occupied for the entire day; like Badminton, Volleyball, Basketball, Cricket, Pool table room, Table tennis room, games like chess, carom, darts etc.
Other than that, one can indulge in relaxing therapies at the spa, or take a dip in the hilltop infinity pool overlooking Sahyadri ranges or ride a bicycle through the greenery. Watch cultural dance performances or watch Wild life movies or any other special event on the big screen in the conference hall or curl up before a cosy bonfire with a glass of locally sourced wine.
Oh, It doesn't end here - the area around the resort has plenty to do as well. For starters, It's a to-go place for trek lovers and adventure seekers. It has trekking options ranging from a simple to a challenging climb like Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra (5,400 ft.), Shivaji's Ratangad or Harishchandragad Fort etc. Also, one can go for night drives in your vehicle, accompanied by a local guide and discover the nocturnal activities. For a little relaxing outdoor activity, one can take a stroll by the lake and watch the sun dipping into the lake or go for boating in the calm waters of Lake Arthur.
Staying a night at the resort starts from 4000 rs a night in a superior room and goes up to 27,000 for a four bedroom Lakeview villa.
All the packages are inclusive of breakfast.
Best suited for
Anandvan resort is a place that has something for every kind of a traveller, whether you are an adventure seeker, Couples and or a family.
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