Under 4 Hours: Weekend Retreats You Must Visit

The busy city life can get boring and monotonous, and we all deserve a break every once in a while. So here’s where you can rejuvenate and rekindle your love for travel this year! Check out our list. 

Radha Cottage Heritage Cottage, Matheran

Nestled in the midst of Matheran's greenery, Radha Cottage is a beautiful getaway. The cottage comes with stunning forest views and is surrounded by trails for the outdoor lover. Accommodation options include duplex luxury cottages, heritage rooms, forest view heritage suites, honeymoon designer rooms, superior forest view rooms, and premium garden cottages.

What Makes It Awesome: Surrounded by nature, this getaway is the ideal escape for the nature lover and great for couples too.

Shell Out: INR 5,000 upwards

Resorts

Radha Cottage

Pandey Road, Tal. Karjat, Distt. Raigad, Matheran, Maharashtra

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Mayur Farms, Karjat

An easy drive from the city, Karjat is a quick getaway from the city. Mayur Farms offers comfortable rooms and cottages plus dormitory-style rooms for larger groups looking for a pocket-friendly getaway. They have a multi-cuisine kitchen too that serves up all meals so that you don't need to step out of the hotel if you don't wish to.

What Makes It Awesome: Surrounded by nature, this farm getaway is a relaxing retreat from the city. They also have a pool you can relax by.

Shell Out: Approx INR 2,000

Homestays

Mayur Farms

Tata Power House Road, Karjat, Maharashtra

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Della Resorts, Lonavala

Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you! Hugging the clouds, Della Adventure Resort is a getaway for those looking to relax their senses and engage in some thrilling activities like Swoop Swing, Fying Fox, Rocket Ejector, Motocross dirt bike riding, Aqua Zorb, Buggy Ride, Paint Ball shooting range and Bungee Trampoline. This resort promises a fun-packed weekend for you and your tribe. 

What Makes It Awesome: Diversity in cuisines, 24 hours services including health and spas, military themed glamping resorts. 

Shell Out: INR 12,872 (for five people)

Resorts

Della Resorts

Della Enclave Road, Kunegaon, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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The Verandah In The Forest, Matheran

Matheran is well known for its pristine beauty and unique status as an automobile-free zone. Nestled deep inside a forest in Matheran is Neemrana’s Verandah-In the Forest, a 170-year-old heritage resort where you can relax and get closer to nature and either find your inner self or completely lose yourself to discover a newer you.

What Makes It Awesome:
There's a 35 ft high ceiling, 19th century architecture, ancient painting and artifacts, and the property's too gorgeous! 

Shell Out: INR 8,000 (for two people)

Basho Bougainvillea Resort, Mulshi

Planning a getaway with your partner? It won’t get more beautiful, romantic and stunning than the Basho Bougainvillea Resort at Mulshi. 

What Makes It Awesome: Offering a variety of accommodation options-from cottages to tents to pool villas- each kind comes with a splendid view of the Mulshi lake and the sound of chirping birds.

What's More: Weekend yoga sessions, in-house spa, good books, swimming pool. 

Shell Out: INR 10,000 (for 5 people)

Resorts

Bougainvillea Resort

Plot 22/9 & 10, Tamhini Ghat Road, Ganesh Nagar, Mulshi, Maharashtra

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Rumourss Sky Villa, Lonavala

Just a two-hour drive away from Mumbai, we are digging the countryside vibe of this resort, tucked away in the ghats of Lonavala. This eco-friendly resort has a unique design for its villas. 

What Makes It Awesome: The resort offers two types of villas-four sky villas and four earth villas. Sky villas are built on an elevated platform offering a panoramic view of the forests and ghats. Earth villas, on the other hand, are on the ground level, facing the swimming pool.  We love the wooden decor and the picturesque view of Tata Lake.

What's More: wedding or party facilities, conference hall, pet-friendly. 

Shell Out: INR 8,000 for two people

Resorts

Rumourss Sky Villa & Resort

Near Bushi Village, INS Shivaji Road, Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Forest Hills, Tala

Think of this place as your private sanctuary. Forest Hills at Tala is a gorgeous, eco-friendly mountain valley getaway and is perfect for those looking for a luxurious getaway surrounded by nature. We’re already imagining catching up on our beauty sleep tucked in the comfortable beds in one of the romantic villas or mud houses in here. 

What Makes It Awesome: 
Camping ground, petting zoo, massage therapy, segway, horse-riding, rifle shooting. 

Shell Out: INR 5,999 (for two people)

Hotels

Forest Hills At Tala

Survey 157/9, Village Taraste, Pitasai Kumbet Road, Raigad, Maharashtra

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Basera Villa, Alibaug

Basera Villa in Alibaug is a gorgeous 7 BHK spread over 3 acres of land, offers that luxury. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with four-poster beds, intricate wall art and a varied collection of artefacts. 

What Makes It Awesome: The best bit about it is that despite being in a town that is famous for its beaches, you can chill at the in-house pool or get yourself pampered in the hot tub! What's more, the villa is equipped with a fully-functional kitchen, in case you decide to channel your inner chef. 

What's More: Swimming pool, indoor games, spacious. 

Shell Out: INR 17,030 (for two people)

Homestays

Basera

Opp. Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Chondi, Alibaug, Maharashtra

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Pashaan Villa, Khopoli

Pashaan Villa is a beautiful 1 BHK villa that offers a luxurious stay in Khopoli. The bedroom and living room are well-appointed with all the modern luxuries you'd need for a cozy and comfortable stay.

What Makes It Awesome: Nestled in the side of a cliff, the split level villa comes with its own pool plus an alfresco courtyard. Highly recommended for that romantic retreat you've been planning.

What's More: Heated swimming pool, indoor games, spa bathrooms

Shell Out: INR 50, 750 (for nine people)

The Machan, Lonavala

The Machan is located in Jambulne, one of the 25 biological hotspots in the world. What we love about this resort is the ‘up in the air’ vibe of staying here.

What Makes It Awesome: The treehouses are secluded and beautifully done up with hardwood floors and large windows which allow for the fog to literally enter our room. The view is green as far as the eye can see, with not a manmade structure in sight. Heritage, Canopy, Forest, Jungle Sunset and Cabin are their treehouse options. 

What's More: bug-free rooms, Ayurveda spa, daily yoga sessions. 

Shell Out: INR 20,000 (for two people)

JenJon Lake Vaitarna Resort, Igatpuri

A gorgeous hill station in the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a serene getaway that's an easy 3-hour drive from the city. For a weekend retreat in lush surrounds, head to JenJon Lake Vaitarna Resort, a property by the Igatpuri dam, which offers pretty Swiss chalets and glass houses. 

What Makes It Awesome: There's plenty to do here from cycling, hiking tours, wine tasting tours and swimming.

Shell Out: INR 5,000 (for two people)

Art Village, Karjat

Art Village in Karjat is a space that's geared towards supporting the artist community, though it is open to all who wish to take a break from city life and de-stress away from the chaos of Mumbai.

What Makes It Awesome: They have two-types of stay options including sun-dried earthen huts and we love that there's an Earth Cafe on site as well where you can enjoy  your meals, plus a gallery space that showcases a new artist each month.

What's More: Opportunities for kayaking and other outdoor activities, art residencies, and an on-site cafe

Shell Out: INR 14,995 (for 5 people)

Jalsrushti Island Resort, Mulshi

Nestled in Mulshi, a popular travel destination, this resort is a tiny village in itself. Located in a well designed and scenic surrounding, the resort is equipped with 15 cottages - each with a pond view and surrounded by lush greenery.  

What Makes It Awesome:  They have private wooden cottages divided into riverside and pondside (each cottage is equipped with king-sized beds) Organic farm, tractor ride, facilities for candlelight dinner, indoor and outdoor gaming areas, swimming pool, kids play area. Can it get better than this? 

Shell Out: INR 20,000 (for 6 people)

Nash & Nayo Villa, Lonavala

Situated near Pawna Lake in Lonavala is a wood-finish luxury retreat that boasts of the latest amenities and, wait for it - the property was inspired by artist Thomas Kinkade's painting of a cottage near a pond. 

What Makes It Awesome: The stellar property consists of an outdoor pool, mountain views, and even a garden where you can relax and drink in the view. The air-conditioned villa consists of 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and even a seating area. It's got a balcony with lake views, and even a fully-equipped kitchen in case you're inspired by everything around you and want to try your hand at making a local delicacy.

What's More: An outdoor pool, mountain views, fitness room, fully-equipped kitchen with a grill, and a garden

Shell Out: INR 90, 870 (for around 10 people)

Villa Baan Thai, Alibaug

Baan Thai is a villa in Alibaug that screams of all things Thai and we’re in love. From grand statues to the Pagoda-style décor, you feel like you’ve left the country to experience beauty at its best.

What Makes It Awesome: It's a 4 BHK villa that has an outdoor swimming pool and they can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time. A huge garden, swimming pool, mountain views and living room with a skylight.

Shell Out: INR 25,000 (for 8 people)

Homestays

Villa Baan Thai

Munshi House, Agarsule Phata, Alibaug, Maharashtra

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