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You Need A Break: Give Yourself One During The Festive Long Weekend & Escape!

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The year might have been a real pain, with you trying to balance work, home, and physical plus mental healing. But it can surely do with a good ending. Christmas falls on a Friday, followed by the weekend. And then there's the 31st (bribe your boss and take the whole day off on Thursday), New Year's on a Friday, and then comes another weekend. Now you've got to utilize these leaves and escape the maddening city! Because you deserve it for having to live under a boulder for this long. We’re giving you our picks of feasible options to stay at, around Mumbai. Just, please don’t let this opportunity go.

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Lonavala

Located only a couple of hours away from Mumbai, the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa is the perfect combination of luxury and relaxation for your next weekend getaway. Indulge yourself in a unique spa experience amidst the Sahyadris, go for bicycling, jogging, hiking, or meditate. Oh, and did we tell you how beautiful the rooms are? 

Shell Out: INR 22,500 for two, inclusive of breakfast

P.S: If you like things low-key, you can stay at the Rhythm resort, the Upper Deck and more. 

Figuerido House, Goa

Making a trip to Goa is a great idea during this blessed three-day weekend, but make sure you're ready for the Covid test at the airport. While we know that stay options are aplenty, we really think you should know about this 100-year-old Portuguese mansion converted into a heritage homestay called the Figuerido House. It’s got character, been around since the 16th century and is in the heart of Goa. Need more reasons?

Shell Out: INR 4,500 onward for a double room

Soma Vine Village, Nashik

You can choose to truly wine it up by visiting a vineyard in Maharashtra. We really don’t mean Sula or the likes. Soma is a beautiful boutique vineyard in Nashik, close to the other popular ones, and the setup there is wonderful, service fantastic, view overlooking the lake and the wine, bellasimo!

Shell Out: INR 12,750 for three, inclusive of breakfast

Bomhemyan Blue, Alibaug

Feel the wind in your hand and the sand in your hand on your long weekend. Have you checked out the Bohemyan Blue stay in Alibaug? Here, you can stay in air-conditioned tents that have open sky showers, visit their organic farm and have a merry time overall. They also have an inhouse cafe, lots of dogs, and the hospitality is par excellence. 

Shell Out: INR 6,000 onward for AC tents, inclusive of breakfast


Byke Heritage Resort, Matheran

The Byke Heritage resort in Matheran is all about a mix of the old and the new. The heritage resort was the first resort to be built in Matheran in the 1800s during the British Raj, and thus one can see its old colonial charm even today.The resort offers a lot of outdoor activities like badminton, tennis, and even cricket. It has a health spa as well offering massages and relaxing massages for the patrons who stay here. 

Shell Out: INR 6,720 for two, inclusive of breakfast and lunch/dinner

Hotel Prospect, Panchgani

A heritage property complete with old-school architecture, Hotel Prospect has an old-world charm that's hard to beat. It offers 22 rooms across the cottages, a gorgeous and well-maintained lawn, and a swimming pool for swimmers during summer. They've got a dining room with a big spread of tables and chairs, almost like a gymkhana setting with a proper four-course meal for that nostalgic feel too. 

Shell Out: INR 5,500 onward for two, inclusive of Bed Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea and Dinner

The One, Ganpatipule

Amidst a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the leafy green Konkan forest and mango orchards is a jewel of a homestay called The One. What we've loved about this gorgeous homestay is that it has a Mediterranean theme to it, so you'll see a lot of blue and white across the house. There are two terrace bedrooms with stunning poster beds, billowing white curtains, mosaic tiles and the works. It legit reminds you of the ocean, and the view you get it worth all that you have to pay to stay here.

Shell Out: INR 20,000 for two, inclusive of meals 

Hotel Lake View, Mahabaleshwar

If you prefer spending your holiday at a hill station rather than by the seaside, Mahabaleshwar is one of the easiest and most convenient getaways for you. They offer both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms in budget and executive options, so you can choose according to your budget. There's a swimming pool as well as a Jacuzzi on site, plus plenty of fun options for games and recreation. 

Shell Out: INR 6,160 for two