Background Nestled in the verdant, scenic hills of Mahabaleshwar this luxury property is famous for alluring dawns, beautiful sunsets and calm breezes. The hotel rooms and villas offer stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys and scenic waterways. With many leisure activities and captivating scenery on offer, a stay at this five-star hotel is an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
What’s it like? I was welcomed warmly by the staff and instantly felt a feeling of calm envelop me as the property is designed in such a way that each nook and corner is filled with ample sunlight and opens out to the beauty of the surrounding greenery.
Where is it? Situated in the strawberry capital of India, 70 metres from Lingmala Falls and a short drive away from the popular attractions of Mahabaleshwar, the hotel provides easy access to all points of the city.
Rooms All the rooms and villas feature a private balcony or garden with splendid views in a classic style. The accommodations are elegantly designed and feature all modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. If one requires something additional, the staff are extremely friendly and will go to any length to make sure your needs are met. I stayed in the 1 Bedroom Villa which is truly the epitome of luxury. The villa features panoramic views of the valley which one can enjoy whilst strolling in their private garden or swimming in the private pool. Spanning across 39 sqm, my stay at the villa was blissful as the villas are tucked away a little away from the main property which allows one to soak in the tranquility of the nearby hills. Each villa is contemporarily designed with upscale amenities such as a bathtub, minibar, smart TV with Chromecast facility and wi-fi providing comfort and functionality for each stay.
Food and Drink The property is home to three F&B outlets. I began my day with a hearty breakfast buffet at the Berry Library, the all day dining restaurant. One can feast on a variety of cuisines however, my favourite was a special Okonomiyaki, the head chef very kindly prepared off the menu for me. Don’t miss out on the regional dishes offered during breakfast which truly creates the home away from home feeling. Another one of my favourite culinary experiences during my stay at the property was an indulgent Italian meal served to me for lunch at the Berry Library. During my last evening at the property the head mixologist-Akhil conducted a very fun and insightful class for me and taught me how to craft my own cocktails! I got to enjoy my handcrafted libations at Quarter Deck, the Sunset Lounge whilst enjoying the enamoring views of the valley.
Leisure I woke up early each day to work out in the state-of-the-art fitness centre and the early mornings were enhanced as even the gym features a stunning view of the valley! During the evening, one can unwind in the beautiful swimming pool which is right next to Quarter Deck.
Verdict The staff at the property reminded me why India is renowned for its incredible hospitality as during my stay I experienced and witnessed so many times the members of staff at Courtyard Mahabaleshwar go above and beyond to make sure guests have a memorable stay. The luxury hotel strives to create a personalised experience catered to individual guests’ requirements and desires and succeeds exceptionally in doing so.
Best for: panoramic valley views
Don’t miss: A drink at Quarter Deck
Price: Internet rates are upwards of ₹12,070
Contact: 19/B, Metgutad, Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806
Facade of the hotel (Image: Supplied by Marriott)