Travelling with children can be quite a task. Right from concerns over hygiene and safety, to the availability of recreational activities for the little ones—the concerns are never ending! There is always a long checklist that a parent has to go over, before picking in on that one destination that has it all not just for the grown ups but also for the younger ones.
If you happen to be living in Mumbai and have been looking for the perfect family weekend getaway, this resort in Mahabaleshwar is exactly what you've been looking for.
Mahabaleshwar, being a popular getaway from Mumbai, attracts tourists throughout the year and Brightland Resort & Spa is the perfect accommodation spot for families looking for a luxurious and kid-friendly getaway that also boasts of some delectable dining options.
About the property
Spread across an area of six acres, the Brightland Resort and Spa is nestled peacefully amongst the serene Sahyadri Mountains and is surrounded by lush green rainforests. The 4-star luxurious resort is a one-of-its-kind property in the region that will appeal to every family traveller. The resort's comfortable accommodation options, warm hospitality, dedicated child-friendly zones and an array of luxuries and facilities are bound to make your vacation the perfect one!
The property has 86 rooms, spread across its six wings (Maple, Orchid, Lavender, Tulip, Poolside and Cottage) that are extremely spacious, allowing for plenty of room for your children to explore. The rooms exude an elegant, simplistic and modern charm and offer breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. In addition to that, the rooms also come with gorgeous outdoor seating areas, bathrooms with Jacuzzis and poolside patios depending on the kind of room you choose. In addition to that, there are three types of suites as well, namely the Lotus, Ivy and Oak suites that are the ultimate epitome of indulgence and luxury.
While the deluxe rooms are ideal for couples, the grand rooms can accommodate 3 adults, the duplex grand can accommodate 4 adults, and the suites can easily accommodate up to 6 adults!
A stay for two at the Brightland Resort and Spa starts at ₹6,750 for the deluxe rooms and can go up to ₹36,000 for the magnificent suites. All guests get a complimentary breakfast that is considered to be one of the best in town.
The resort is an absolute haven for all food lovers, owing to its several on-site restaurants serving a plethora of cuisines such as Indian, Italian and Continental amongst others. The Olive Garden, the resort’s Italian restaurant is a local favourite and visitors swear by the wood-fired pizzas and homemade Italian delicacies. On the other hand, the multi-cuisine restaurant Pavillion serves hand-picked Indian and Chinese dishes. The kadhai jhinga, elaichi gosht and kheema Hyderabadi are to die for here! Brightland also has an open air bar called Over The Edge that offers stunning views of the valley while you sip on a handpicked collection of spirits and carefully curated cocktails.
Best time to visit
Mahabaleshwar experiences torrential rains in monsoons and should be avoided during the period. However, for the rest of year, that is from June to October, the tourist destination experiences pleasant weather that makes it perfect for a family getaway.
How to get here
The nearest metro city to Mahabaleshwar is Mumbai and here is how you can get to the hill town from Mumbai:
By Road: The Mumbai-Pune highway connects Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar and it takes approximately 6 hours to cover the distance of 270 km.
By Air: The closest airport to Mahabaleshwar is the Pune airport which is connected to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport with daily flights starting at about ₹1800. The resort is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from the Pune airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is also the Pune station which is well connected to all the major cities of the country, including Mumbai. A train ride from Mumbai to Pune takes about three and a half hours and the resort is another three-hour drive from the Pune railway station.
What to do here
The massive expanse of the property coupled with the fact that Mahabaleshwar is one of the biggest tourist spots in the region ensures that there’s plenty to do in and around the Brightland Resorts and Spa. Here’s our pick of the best, out of the best:
1. Rediscover your inner child in the play zones
The property is one of its kind owing to the fact that there is actually much more for kids to do here than adults! The resort has a state-of-the-art dedicated kid zone with a safe and well-maintained play area, swings, tricycles, trampolines and merry-go-rounds that will keep your little ones happy for a long, long time. There is also an indoor game room, a well-equipped gymnasium and outdoor sports on the property that will force you to jump right into the action!
2. Pamper your senses at the Prana Spa
While your little ones make merry, you can visit the resort’s in-house spa, the Prana Spa for some much needed unwinding and relaxation. The skilled staff at Prana offers a range of rejuvenating experiences including Ayurvedic therapies, Swedish massages, body scrubs, facials and hot stone massages using natural homemade products. Each of the nine spa suites exude a relaxing vibe and come with personal steam and showers, that make it a truly holistic experience.
3. Offer your prayers at the holy Mahabaleshwar Temple
Mahabaleshwar is home to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple, an extremely important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Located at a distance of 6 km from the main city, the temple was constructed in the 16th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple, which portrays the typical South Indian style of architecture attracts thousands of visitors, making it a must-visit on your next trip to Mahabaleshwar.
4. Of pristine lakes and gorgeous sunsets at the Venna Lake
Sitting peacefully with lush green trees on all four sides, the Venna Lake is one of the most bustling tourist spots in the city of Mahabaleshwar. The beautiful, pristine lake with its jaw-dropping views makes it the ideal spot to visit with your family. Reach just in time for sunset and take a boat ride, and the view will be one that will stay with you for a long, long time.
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