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