Brightland Resort and Spa tout themselves as, “Mahabaleshwar’s finest resort”, located on a lush green hillside. Their contemporary-chic interiors and modern amenities, coupled with picturesque views of the surrounding Sahyadris and Krishna Valley make it the perfect destination for a romantic couples’ getaway.
Brightland Resort and Spa is about a 2.5hr drive (around 120km) away from Pune. Tucked away in the hilly outskirts of Mahabaleshwar, it’s a quiet property, surrounded by lush greenery. If you have difficulty with directions, find detailed instructions on the resort’s website.
We like that they have around 9 categories of rooms to choose from (making it 86 rooms, spread over 5 buildings), each with its own chic style, comfy furnishings, and stunning views. Some of their suites even have an in-room jacuzzi, making it ideal for couples and honeymooners. Brightland has their own restaurants, featuring multi-cuisine (Indian, Italian, Chinese) and BBQ fare, as well as a lounge-bar overlooking the Sahyadris and the backwaters of Dhom Dam.
In case you’d rather stay in (or enjoy a midnight snack), 24-hour room service is available as well. The amenities at Brightland leave nothing to be desired – a pool, jacuzzi, health club, indoor-games room (carrom, foosball, air hockey, table tennis), toddler/kids’ zone, library, gym, and sports courts (tennis, volleyball, basketball, and a pool table) and ensure that everyone has something to keep them entertained. Make the most of your vacay, and treat yourself to a day of bliss at their Prana Spa – one of the finest in Mahabaleshwar, offering ‘holistic treatments based on Ayurveda, Oriental and Western traditions’ in one of their private spa-suites. Choose from a range of treatments: from full- body massages and scrubs, to hot-stone massages and facial therapies. Go one step further, and book an appointment with Prana Spa’s own professional Ayurvedic doctor for a health consult. Check out the spa’s boutique, where you can purchase their range of ‘homemade natural products’.