Untouched landscapes, fresh air, birdsongs, and an exclusive space…sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Say hello to these nature retreats near Mumbai, which bring this vision to life. By Nivedita Jayaram Pawar
1. Song Of Life County, Mulshi
Eco-conscious and extraordinarily beautiful, this nature retreat presides over a wild and pristine slice of paradise in Mulshi. Located about 3.5-hours from Mumbai, the seven colonial-style villas peeking out from Kadam trees perfectly capture the essence of a gorgeous hideaway. Each villa ranges from four to five bedrooms with timeless romantic features—including ornate beds dressed in soft linen, winding staircases, wrap-around terraces with magical views of the landscape, and private lawns to enjoy a barbecue. Expect complete peace and quiet punctuated by the harmonious sounds of winged guests.
Things to do: Visit the Tamhini Ghat for a picnic or explore the Mulshi Dam nearby. For the ultimate pampering, book a relaxing treatment at the property’s spa, while the games room keeps the little ones entertained.
Tariff: INR 25,000 onwards, excluding meals
Where: Urawade, Mulshi, Pune
2. Grape County, Nashik
If you’re dreaming of a nature resort with an eco-sensitive, low-impact approach, Grape County is for you. Set on 150 acres of private land and embracing 5,000 acres of pristine wilderness, this carbon-conscious retreat is the epitome of laidback luxury. Rare birds flock to the trees here and ducks swim in the glistening manmade lake built with the help of environmentalists, horticulturists and landscapers from across the world. Expect plenty of accommodation options, from delightfully quirky sky houses to lake-facing stone villas and glamorous tents.
Things to do: Right from kayaking, cycling, horse riding, trekking through the Sahyadri range, and exploring waterfalls, there’s a lot to do here.
Tariff: INR 28,000 onwards
Where: Vadholi Phata, Nashik Trimbakeshwar Road, Anjaneri, Nashik
3. Fazlani Natures Nest, Lonavala
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Fazlani Natures Nest is the perfect escape for couples seeking romance or travellers looking to relax amid glorious lake views. The suite here comes with a king-size bed, butler on call, Jacuzzi and a recliner. Bicycles and electric golf carts provide transport, while meals are laid out on at a machan overlooking the lake or at the lush lawns under the stars.
Things to do: You can go horse-riding at the farms or succumb to a pampering session at the spa. Visit the rose farm and the organic garden from where all the fruits and vegetables of the property are sourced.
Tariff: INR 10,000 onwards
Where: Maval Taluk, Takwe, near Lonavala
If your idea of paradise is a glasshouse surrounded by mist-laden thick forests, then Forest Hills is an excellent choice. Located near the Tala Caves, when here, you can soak in unobstructed views of the mountains and the valley below. The villa here sprawls over two floors connected via a spiral staircase. Despite the luxe amenities here, the space is devoid of curtains or blinders. It’s just you and nature. But if you really want to get back to nature, opt for the luxurious tents complete with five-star resort-like amenities
Things to do: Go trekking in the wilderness or spend time at the in-house petting zoo. The historical Kuda caves and Tala Fort are close by as well. Thrill-seekers can try archery, rifle shooting, horse riding, ATV, Segway and kayaking, too.
Tariff: INR 12,000 onwards
Where: Taraste, Pitasai Kumbet Road, Tala
5. SaffronStays Over The Valley, Mahabaleshwar
Perched at an elevation providing breathtaking views of Mahabaleshwar, and old-world colonial elegance sets the tone at this 112-year-old heritage home and nature takes centre-stage. The rooms here are spacious with wood-beamed high ceiling, poster beds, ornate chandeliers, local stone and hardwoods. The owner’s private art collection adorns the property. When here, the manicured verandahs are perfect to enjoy meals.
Things to do: Curl up with a book or get acquainted with the birds that wake you up in the morning. There are beautiful hiking and bike trails nearby, too. And, Mahableshwar market is five minutes away.
Tariff: On request