Maldoonga House, Matheran
In the Western ghats, about 800 meters above sea level, just a two hour drive and a toy train ride away is Matheran, a mini hill station perfect for a getaway from Mumbai. While there are several treks, view points and activities to enjoy here, the experience is truly elevated by where you stay. Here are five hotels and villas that capture the very best of Matheran.
Where to stay in Matheran
Adamo The Resort
Located in the heart of the hill station, Adamo The Resort is perfect if you’re travelling with family and friends. With over 40 accommodation options, including spacious bungalows, lavish villas, suites and executive rooms, you will be spoilt for choice. Stroll through the landscaped lawns and cobbled pathways or take a dip in the emerald pool. Break for lunch and tuck into delicious Gujarati, Punjabi and Chinese food at Aroma, the Coffee Shop and Restaurant. Then recharge in the La Soin spa and get your daily exercise in with a trained yoga instructor. There’s also a host of options for kids to enjoy and tire themselves out, including a games room and skating rink, while you can put your feet up and relax.
Doubles from Rs4,749 Website
Check out of your daily busy life at this gorgeous property. Wake up to birdsong every morning and pamper yourself with the hotel’s signature spa services. Enjoy an aromatherapy massage that will enhance your senses or go for a steam bath and a full body massage. The therapies are all set against the backdrop of a tranquil forest, giving you some much-needed down time. Choose between double and family rooms or get yourself a luxury poolside tent. You can also enjoy a delicious regional Indian cuisine at the open-air restaurant by the pool. A range of activities like horse-riding, jungle treks and campfires will make your stay a memorable one.
Doubles from Rs4,375. Website
Dune Barr House
Get a taste of life and luxury in the colonial era in this British-era mansion from the 19th century. The house has 11 individually furnished rooms, named after famous British, Parsi and Bohri families of erstwhile Bombay. Designed with heritage furniture combined with modern amenities, the rooms and suites are sure to be your go-to space for comfort and mid-day naps. Keeping with the theme, the in-house restaurant Verandah by the Forest, serves Parsi and Bohri specialties, like akuri and rich meat dishes such as xxx. If you’re looking to treat your special someone, you can even book a special dinner at a private gazebo, catered to your needs.
Doubles from Rs8,499. Website
Take yourself back in time at this bungalow that harks back to the British era with its architecture design and. The spacious five bedroom house has high ceilings, beautiful wooden furniture and a large balcony to enjoy views of the sunset. The bungalow is a pleasant walk away from the main market and you can even take a horse-ride or hand-pulled rickshaw ride to Charlotte Lake, a picturesque reservoir with a small dam. Play some board games and carrom with your friends and family, and watch the evening turn to night over multiple cups of tea. With an additional charge, the caretaker can whip up some delicious Maharashtrian meals for everyone to enjoy.
Villa from Rs11,500. Website
This mid-18th century house is tucked away in a corner of Matheran, away from the busy tourist spots. The sprawling property, with Victorian Gothic arched windows and high vaulted ceilings, is set in the middle of a dense forest. The house has 12 rooms in total, a garden with thousands of planted trees and a dining table that can seat 20. The open lawns allow for several outdoor games for the adults and there’s also a playground where children can enjoy playtime uninterrupted. Vegetarian meals can be provided at an additional cost, or you can choose to dine at one of the many restaurants nearby. Can the rooms be booked out individually?
5 rooms from Rs16,000. Website