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“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.”

“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.”

Hotel Review

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.
Recommended for
  • Hideaway
  • Country Escape
  • Groups
  • Families
 

Written by Laura Griffith-Jones

Recommended For

  • Sights nearby
  • Historical forts including Koraigad Fort and Lohagad Fort, and Karla and Bhaja Caves
  • Birdwatching
  • Including Cattle Egret, White-backed Vulture and Leggar Falcon
  • Wildlife Area
  • Species such as Malabar flying squirrel
  • Hideaway
  • Country Escape
  • Trekking
  • Yoga
  • Groups
  • Families
  • Great walks
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Family Suites
  • Eco
  • Restaurant
  • Views
  • Luxury
  • Child friendly

Facilities

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

Activities

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

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