Living in a busy city like Mumbai, I’m often on the lookout for short getaways outside the city. This not only helps me escape the bustling city life but also gives me a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. I’m sure a lot of you guys will definitely agree with me on this. So, when my husband suggested celebrating our anniversary at Amanzi Resort, I was beyond happy thinking about all the downtime I was going to enjoy.
Amanzi is a boutique resort located near Lonavla and is about 2 hours’ drive from Mumbai city. Surrounded by Sahyadri Hills on all sides, Amanzi Resort certainly falls under a perfect getaway location for me. Apart from the scenic hills, the resort is also blessed with a panoramic view of the Pawna Lake, thus making it all the more special. Drive to the resort from Mumbai (mainly up to Lonavala) is something I have done a zillion time but it still excites me every single time. The winding roads leading midst the rugged mountains with little villages giving you a peek into the local life is always an impressive sight to watch.
We had left from Mumbai mid-morning so that we reached the resort exactly at the time of check-in. Once we reached the Pawna lake area it wasn’t a difficult task to locate the resort as it was right off the main road. As we reached the resort reception to complete the check-in formalities, which technically is a dining area of the resort, the lunch was being set up for the guests.
Completing the formalities quickly, we were shown to our room. Amanzi has 10 guest rooms and most of them are designed such that they have the view of the lake from the room. We had booked a lake view deluxe villa, which was a chalet style cottage. The bedroom had a four-poster king size bed and has a small wooden staircase on the corner that leads to the attic space of the villa. The room had large glass windows on three sides of the room, which provided ample light. We also had a spacious private balcony, which was one of my favorite spot in the villa as it had the most gorgeous view of the large expanse of Resort lawn along with Pawna Lake and hills in the background. The rooms do not Wi-Fi facility or televisions as the resort is a tech-free.
The ensuite bathroom had a rain shower cubicle with a glass rooftop, giving a very rustic look to the bathroom. The toiletries provided in the bathroom had all the usual items, however, there was one new add-on, a pair of body scrub pad, which I think was very thoughtful.
The Villa overall was quite spacious and designed with guest’s comfort in mind. If you have little kids with then one spot I’m sure they are going to love is the attic. And from what I have seen in the Resort website, extra mattresses can also be placed in the attic. I happily spent a good part of my stay lounging on the balcony, happily enjoying the scenic view.
Amanzi offers all meals inclusive package to all its guests, and meals are served in their in-house restaurant, Arches Restaurant. As there are not many dining options anywhere close to the Resort, I think it is very ideal. The meals are served Buffet style with a wide range of choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Arches serve local delicacies as well as international cuisine and all three meals we had were super delicious. The staff is very attentive to the guest’s needs and ensure that your dietary requirements are taken into consideration before serving you food.
Amanzi also has in-room dining a la carte menu, which is not part of the package and charges will be applicable on the meals served. The room service timing is 8 am to 10.30 pm.
The staff at Amanzi are extremely friendly and are attentive to all guests need. The hospitality at Amanzi Resort is without question one of the best things in the resort. Since the resort is located close to the wilderness, we encountered a green colored snake entwined with one of the tree branches right outside our villa door. Not knowing if the snake was poisonous, we got a bit panicky initially seeing it so up-close. The hotel staff without hesitation rushed to our villa and managed to quietly move the snake away. They also made sure we were safely back in our room. It was really gallant of everyone who helped us in the situation and I am really impressed how they put customers safety before everything.
Activities in the Resort
Amanzi has an outdoor swimming pool, the view from the pool area is a definite treat as it is surrounded by hills all around. There is a common lounge area, which also serves as a small library. A multipurpose sports court is also located within the resort where guests can enjoy Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton etc., One can also pamper themselves with a relaxing massage at the Resort Spa.
Places to visit around
Amanzi is located very close to the Pawna Lake, so this will be a perfect spot to picnic or enjoy the sunset. Tandem Paragliding is also available in the Pawna Lake area. If one is looking for adventurous activity, you can hike up the Tikona Fort or Lohgad Fort, which are a few kilometers away from the Resort.
Our stay at Amanzi Resort was planned with every intention of enjoying idyllic time far away from the city. And that what exactly we got to do. From the hospitality to the beautiful location, everything was perfect in every way. If one is looking for a getaway outside Mumbai or Pune for a relaxing time with friends and family, I can happily say Amanzi Resort is the place you are looking for.
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