The Machan Lonavala (Aamby Valley), India

“A remote jungle escape near Lonavala, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the mayhem of Mumbai. Perfect for those who want to get away from it all, embrace nature and live in the tree-tops for a while.”

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“Buried amidst 25 acres of forest, this eco-hideaway feels wonderfully isolated. The 13 rooms, set in tree-houses 30–45ft above the ground, have super-comfy beds, glass sliding doors taking up an entire wall and balconies with deckchairs, from where you can relish the gorgeous views of the Western Ghats. There are five categories: the heritage machan, constructed around a wild fig tree, sleeps up to six people, making it ideal for families. Couples should book a romantic suite in the forest machan; the bathrooms have outdoor rainforest showers and Jacuzzi-style bathtubs. There are no televisions here but who needs one? Spend your days playing cards and reading books, or pack a picnic and explore the 4km of private paths. Simple but scrummy local dishes are served in a cosy tented dining room or you can dine on your private deck. Go in winter (Oct–Feb) if you want to huddle around the campfire under impossibly clear skies. But the monsoon is magnificent, too, as the forests are lush and glistening – and, when the mist closes in, you’ll find yourself in a place not unlike Narnia.”

Written by  Laura Griffith-Jones

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Facilities

Restaurant
Family Suites
Bar
Fireplace
Rooms with balcony/terrace
No pets
Sit-out Terrace
Safe
Garden
Child friendly

Activities

Yoga
Trekking
Great walks
Sights nearby
Historical forts including Koraigad Fort and Lohagad Fort, and Karla and Bhaja Caves
Wildlife Area
Species such as Malabar flying squirrel
Birdwatching
Including Cattle Egret, White-backed Vulture and Leggar Falcon

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13 rooms from $139 per night

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Recommended for

Country Escape
Families
Groups
Hideaway

Activities

Yoga
Trekking
Great walks
Sights nearby
Historical forts including Koraigad Fort and Lohagad Fort, and Karla and Bhaja Caves
Wildlife Area
Species such as Malabar flying squirrel
Birdwatching
Including Cattle Egret, White-backed Vulture and Leggar Falcon

Other highlights

Restaurant
Family Suites
Rooms with balcony/terrace
Sit-out Terrace
Eco
Views
Child friendly
Luxury

Hotel size

13 rooms
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