Under 4 Hours: Weekend Retreats You Must Visit

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    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.

    And hey, if you're travelling, stock up on masks before you go here and don't forget to pack some snacks, proper desi-style!

    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

    If you're planning a picnic while you're here, stock up on these awesome picnic essentials

    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. They also have an Adventure Park with a Swoop Swing, Fying Fox, Rocket Ejector, Motocross dirt bike riding, Aqua Zorb, Buggy Ride, Paint Ball shooting range and Bungee Trampoline. 

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

    Shell Out: INR 10,500 to INR 12,000 upwards for double occupancy with breakfast included

    Note: Currently the Adventure Park & Pool are closed due to Covid-19

    If you're looking for other options in Lonavala, check out this list.

    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 7,000 upwards per couple

    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.

    Shell Out: INR 6,500 upwards for two people for Earth Villa, and INR 8,500 for Sky Villa on weekdays. Breakfast included. Expect to shell out 2-3k more on weekends. 

    Note: Currently their in-house dining is closed. You can order in via delivery apps. The pool is open and regularly sanitised and filters changed daily.

    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 71, 000 (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, yoga sessions. 

    Shell Out: INR 9,500 upwards (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 glasshouses. 

    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 2,999 per person per night