Yearning for a trip to the mountains and beaches all at once? Aranya@Phansad comes to your rescue. Just at a stone’s throw away from Mumbai and Pune, this outlandish resort is shrouded in a carpet of dense foliage which definitely is a treat to those sore city eyes. Talk about icing on the cake? The resort is just a short drive away from the beaches as well as the mountains and the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is an added benefit.
The resort takes the theme of old world charm tad too seriously, offering four rustic cottages housing two rooms each and a suite room. The cottages are as beautiful as the ornamental flowers after which they are named- Gulmohar, Mogra, Ixora and Amaltas. The rustic cottages stand tall on elevated wooden palanquins with a veranda that offers breath taking views of the humble misty mountains (think masala chai, a good read and the view to keep company). The rooms are a riot of colors and intricately carved wooden furniture. For the ardent readers, the rooms are equipped with a mini library. The early risers could be greeted by colourful butterflies and a variety of other birds.
Apart from the four cottages, the resort also houses a suite cottage- an epitome of luxury, promising to spoil one to the fullest. If the vintage bed laced with embroidered curtains were not enough to add to the fantasy, the cottage also offers a bath tub in the living room with views of the mountains and widespread grasslands. An antique piano adds to the already rustic feel.
Walk around the resort and it sure is to leave you spell bound with the little surprises that would come your way. The resort houses a gazebo sitting in the middle of a lake on the property, where one could enjoy an evening tea. And as you walk through the property further one shall come across swings made from tyres hanging by the trees. Bamboo plantations for as far as the eyes can please too prove worthy for those perfect Instagram shots.
The plunge pool right outside the dining area offers scenic views of sky piercing mountains during the day and looks breathtakingly amazing at night when lit up.
Given the isolated location of the resort, the food served is local and traditional yet an elaborate spread. The breakfast usually comprises of delicacies such as Poha, Egg Bhurji, Missal Pav, freshly pressed juices and cut fruits. The lunch too tastes like home cooked meal with two vegetables, dal, rice, curd and a sweet. For dinner one could request BBQ for starters followed by a curated evening menu. We often prefer having our meals in our private veranda but the dining area at the resort if too beautiful to give a miss.
Around the Resort
A short drive from the resort lies the beautiful Kashid beach that is yet untouched by civilization apart from occasional visitors during winters. Click your way to glory, the sunset, the cliff, the beach lined by tall trees and white glistening sand for those no-filter Instagram photos. The history buffs could trek to Korali or Murud fort. The one’s looking for a moment of tranquility could head for a short trail to the mountains right behind the resort. During monsoon one can also witness a waterfall that is just a ten-minute hike from the resort.
Stroll across the immaculate lawns, chase the fog in the Sahayadris, spend hours on the fields making wild flower crowns, click alluring pictures of the vicinity for Aranya@Phansad has all that one could demand for an unwinding getaway.