Weekend breaks: hotels a short drive from Mumbai

Your yearning to escape the bustle of the city has to be met by suitable accommodation that mirrors the charm of the destination

Aakar Lord”s Inn

Gujarat’s only hill-station needs a resort that does justice to this enchanting, picture-perfect destination just four hours from Mumbai. Home to the ethnically-vibrant Dang tribe, you are surrounded by a lush biodiversity of forest, waterfalls and nature-trails that promise hidden wonders. Adventure-junkies can try their hand at rappelling, rock-climbing and horse-riding. Post all that strenuous activity, gorge on the local Dang-inspired cuisine at the resort.

The Gold Beach Resort

Spread out over two acres of beach with the Arabian Sea rolling in relentlessly, this four-star property ticks all the quick-getaway boxes: cool sea-breezes, peace and quiet, and friendly service. The restaurants are themed, the rooms and suites tasteful and well-appointed, and there are truly few greater joys than munching on a fresh, delicious catch of the day, topped off by a little head-reeling local toddy, as you lounge by the pool.

Golden Swan Beach Resort

Just one sunset, with the sun going down in a burst of orange over the majestic marine fort of Janjira will make this weekend trip worthwhile. This resort blends effortlessly into the history and ambience of its destination, a stopping point for Abyssinian, Portuguese, Mughal and Maratha dynasties that once pitched their tents here. Six beachfront, Med-inspired cottages and 13 deluxe rooms are perfectly designed to kick back in after your fort-tour or beach-activity.

Blue Country Resort

This resort is nestled at the base of the table-land and commands one of the finest views of the valley. This 44-room hotel respects the fussy Indian tourist by having a separate kitchen for vegetarians. The pool is large enough to sail a small boat in, and there is a kiddie version too. In between nature walks, book a massage to iron out the city-kinks.

Hilton Shillim Resort & Spa

Spread out over 320 acres in the gorgeous Western Ghats, the Hilton Shillim makes personalised service an art form. If the tranquillity of the panoramic view is not soul-stirring enough, you even get to choose where you dine: by a waterfall or on a mountain-top. The spa offers over 150 treatments designed to pamper and relax. Wine lovers will be awed by the cellar, and tea-freaks will be soothed by the vast selection. Horse-lovers and mountain-bikers: hit those trails.