‘The Machan, Lonavala’ – A Review

IMG-20150703-WA0014Hi friends! I am a day late this time. I am sorry for that. I should’ve come on Thursday! Though I am late, I am proud of myself for making it here punctually. I have given reviews on books and shared a few recipes. It’s time now for some place review. This is not exactly a place review. It is a place cum hotel review. This has been waiting for probably 2 years now to find a place on my blog. Finally, I’m here with it. The Machan is situated at Lonavala. For those of you who do not know where Lonavala is located, let me tell you. Lonavala is situated near Mumbai and Pune. It is about two hours’ drive from Mumbai. It is a hill station surrounded by greenery situated on the Western Ghats. It is a perfect place to visit during monsoons.

The first-time ever I went to this place was during June 2015. Yes, it was during monsoon and I had no idea whatsoever that I was going to Lonavala. It was our first wedding anniversary and by then, I was familiar with the Mumbai Pune Expressway. My husband was giving me a surprise. He just told me to pack our bags for two days and so we left. As we were reaching the Mumbai Pune Expressway, I kept on pestering him to tell me where we were off to, but in vain. I kept thinking for some reason that he was taking me to Panvel. The Mumbai Pune Expressway has a deviation towards Khandala and Lonavala. When he took that left turn, I was sure that we were going either to Khandala or Lonavala. My husband had sealed his mouth. He just didn’t give it away. As we reached our destination, that is, The Machan, we saw a beautiful canopy of plants in the entrance. It is something which I will never forget in, probably, the next 50-60 years. We, then, slowly entered place.

IMG-20150628-WA0010The Machan is a beautiful hotel which offers tree houses and ground based cabins for stay with buffet lunch and dinner. It is situated in the interiors. I was astonished to see how the reception was made. I will share a photo of the same with you guys. It gives you a forest feel. The tree houses and cabins are very nicely made. When you see from down, you can see only the tree house in the middle of greenery. Isn’t it a perfect place to spend your small vacation in? It, surely, is, when it is also your first wedding anniversary. The entire experience, gave me a princess feeling. We were tired after our drive. So as soon as we reached, we had lunch and napped for a while. The lunch, here, is buffet, as I mentioned earlier. Whatever spread was there, it was delicious. We spent our evening sitting on the deck in our room. The deck overlooks the Western Ghats. What a beautiful sight it was. We spent our entire evening just enjoying nature. We couldn’t venture out anyways because we weren’t sure how safe it is. The next morning, we ventured into the woods (as you may call it) soon after breakfast. It was scary. The very thought about going there at night scared me. However scary it was, it was wonderful. We ventured into the deep woods like a nature’s trail on our own. We found it very amazing. We could see our tree house from the woods. It looked so beautiful! We couldn’t believe our eyes. We just sat quietly with the sound of trees rustling and birds chirping. It started drizzling slightly. We enjoyed the tiny raindrops

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The same evening, we also took a walk around the property. It is a very huge property. The planning that has gone with The Machan is incredible. They have different types of rooms. They have a huge family room as well, if you’re planning to travel with your family. You also have a cozy room like the one we stayed at, if you’re only two people.

We stayed there for two nights and we really enjoyed every moment of our stay. It was very special. I would give this place a rating of 9 on a scale of 10. If at all you are planning to go somewhere this monsoon, The Machan at Lonavala is the place. If you find that the weekend is too much, then, you can just hop in on a weekday, when the tariffs are low compared to that of the weekends.

I am going to share a few photos with you all. I hope you guys enjoy it.

Cheers!!!

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My Review on Jasminn By Mango (Hotel), Goa

vaHey friends! The title itself suggests that it is a hotel review this time. This is something which I’ve been waiting to write. When we first went to Goa in November 2015, we were searching for a hotel to stay at. We weren’t sure which one to take a chance with. We were four of us (mom, sister, hubby and me). We were going to spend the entire day outdoors. So, we didn’t want to stay at a place which is super expensive as we would not make use of any of the facilities (we were going to be back at the hotel for sleep only). I was browsing through a list of hotels on trip advisor and that is when I found Jasminn by Mango Hotels situated at Salcette, the southern part of Goa. The hotel matched our requirement and we decided to take a chance. We went for it.

We were really scared about how the hotel would turn out to be, since we had had a very funny experience the same year at Chennai. We were very particular about the hygiene and stuff. The road leading us to the hotel creeped us out further. It seemed very isolated. After we reached we realised that the hotel was quite appreciable. It looked very appealing. We were hoping that the rooms were neat and clean too. Believe me, it, really, was well maintained. We weren’t there the entire time, so we weren’t exposed much to their service, but, whatever time we spent, we felt the service was pretty good. We had a very nice and pleasant stay.

The next time when my husband and I planned our Goa trip we decided to stay at Jasminn. This was in February 2016. This time were going to stay for a week. We decided to negotiate for a good meal plan as we were sure we wouldn’t go anyway far at night as we had taken the bus to Goa. We hired the two-wheeler at the hotel for commuting. We spent a reasonable amount of time in the hotel as well; that is when we realised that their service was also very good, be it room service or housekeeping. The lunch and dinner at the Café attached to the hotel was delicious (though we found the breakfast to be very ordinary). We still remember the guy, Shriram who served us daily at the restaurant. He was so enthusiastic about his work that we were really impressed. He saw us daily for about six days and then, on the seventh day he got the chef to make Gajar ka Halwa for us as he realised that we were tired of their dessert options (it was either ice cream or gulab jamun). The other person about whom we have to mention here is the Guest Service Leader at Jasminn, Sherry. She made sure our stay was very comfortable and pleasant.

The third time we planned to go to Goa (that is, this year in January) we were sure about Jasminn. We were in for a shock when we realised that the hotel was full. We requested them to somehow provide us a room for a week. We, then, got in touch with Sherry. She, promptly, provided us with the best. This time our trip was more for relaxation, so we spent a considerable amount of time in the hotel. We made use of most of the facilities provided. We used the swimming pool and the activity centre (I guess, we were the first ones to use it). Sherry made sure that our stay with them for a week was a very pleasant one.

After being here three times, I can very confidently say that if you’re visiting Goa, do not hesitate to stay here. The location is amazing. It is very calm and peaceful. It is located in the interiors, which mostly houses the Goan residents. There is no commotion around you.

I would like to give a four-star rating for this place.

Planning to go to Goa anytime soon? Go ahead and book your stay here.

I will be back soon…

Till then, Cheers!!!