Planning a weekend getaway with your partner or have a family vacation lined up? Then, there’s no place we’d recommend more than the beautiful Ravine Hotel at Sydney Point on the Wai-Panchgani Road. To get to Panchgani, you can either hire an outstation cab or rent a car. The way is via NH48 in Kudale Baug and should take close to two-and-a-half hours from Pune. Albeit, on long weekends it may take a little longer due to the traffic. The 3-star hotel is spread atop the lush green hills of Panchgani, 4,500 feet above sea level, and looks nothing short of ravishing. It’s a huge property with 13 different kinds of accommodation – from beautiful wooden cottage rooms to luxury tents by the cliff and stunning valley-facing rooms. If you ask us, our recommendation will be to book the Emperor’s Tent with an infinity pool that overlooks the vast expanse of the Krishna Valley and the meandering water bodies below.
Besides these lavishing rooms, you can always spend some quiet time at Ravine’s Serenity Spa that offers a wide range of exotic massages and therapies. They also have 'Emperor' tents starting at INR 15,000 per night.
On any other day we would’ve recommended the local food at Panchgani for budget-friendly grubs, but we cannot help but mention about their in-house restaurant, The Melting Pot. It serves multiple cuisines, so there’s plenty to choose from. Also, we don’t think you’d want to step out of the resort at all, so gorge all you can right here.