Live it up, like the rich and famous. From indulgent spas in the lap of the Sahyadris to Shiatsu sessions in sun-kissed Alibaug and sipping from a well-stocked bar in Lonavla's best-landscaped hotel, Maharashtra offers some of the most extravagant, uber-luxe weekend escapes to woo your indulgent side. Manjari Bhatnagar checks in
Green carpet luxury: Anandvan Resort, Bhandardara
Miles to walk, encircled by the magnificent Sahyadris, driving down quiet roads with tall trees and baked mountains for company, boating in the legendary Lake Arthur, Bhandardara is a great idea if you prefer an outdoorsy getaway.
Anandvan Resort's garden cottages make for the perfect getaway to soak in all of the above -- in the lap of luxury. Each cottage enjoys a lake view, while the garden-facing three bedroom villas overlook Lake Arthur. Sign up for a guided nature walk in the area or head out for a boating adventure or a trekking trail. Walks into the neighbouring Harishchandragarh Sanctuary can also be arranged for. Visits to the local villages make for a great way to experience local folklore, customs and cuisine and tribal art. Therapies at Anandvan's in-house spa, Ayurvan are a huge draw; we recommend the traditional Ayurveda massage by Kerala's famed masseurs.
You pay Rs 19,900 onwards (couple/ 2 nights)
Log on to www.anandvanresorts.com
How to get there Igatpuri is the closest railhead. From Mumbai it's at a distance of 170 km.
Beach rendezvous: Ccaza Ccomodore, Alibaug
If the sea is your calling for a hasty retreat, head to Alibaug for some serious R&R. Choose from a 45-minute ferry ride or a 20-minute one on a speedboat. Your vacation starts exactly an hour after you leave Mumbai's bustle behind and check in to Ccaza Ccommodore.
This five-bedroom Mediterranean-themed luxury boutique villa is a secluded, classy property that instantly sets the mood for a relaxed and comfortable stay. The one-and-a-half acre property is luxurious with state-of-the-art gadgets, gizmos and a swimming pool. Up to 10 people can stay at each of Ccaza CComodore's rooms . Spa therapies ranging from Balinese to Shiatsu, al fresco breakfasts, outdoor barbecue sessions and custom made meals can be arranged on request. You can hop on to a cycle if you'd like to explore Alibaug, the eco-friendly way. Sailing classes or pottery sessions can be organised too. Explore the Alibaug fort, Murud-Janjira and the Kankeshwar Temple and its waterfall for a slice of outdoor action.
You pay Rs 24,000 onwards (2 persons/weekdays, Rs 12,000 (2 people/weekends)
Log on to www.ccazaccomodore.com .
How to get there It's three km from Mandwa Jetty and 45-minutes by boat from Mumbai
Hillside opulence: The Upper Deck, Lonavla
History blends with antiquity to lend Lonavla its much-favoured place on a vacationer's itinerary. That makes The Upper Deck offers the best of what Lonavla has to offer -- open views of the Sahyadris, relaxed opulence and outdoor options. It has 34 rooms including 16 stylish cottages; it has a snazzy gym with steam bath, Jacuzzi and the works, a cosy coffee shop and a well-stocked bar.
And if you're in the mood for a swim, dive into the heart-shaped swimming pool! If you're in the mood for some outdoor action, boating in the water body by the Pawna Dam, trekking up to the Bushi Dam or Tungarali Dam or even all the way up to Bhimashankar Temple make for interesting options. This three-star boutique resort stretches across 12 acres and boasts of the best facilities for corporate events and personal outings. And although the expansive property is based in one of the most scenic hot spots of Maharashtra, it easily stands above the rest as Lonavla's best landscaped hotel.
Log on to www.upperdeckresort.com
You pay Rs 13,000 onwards
How to get there The drive from Mumbai to Lonavla is about 112 kms.
Wild escape: Tiger Trails, Tadoba
Tadoba National Park's strategic location promises one of the highest sightings of tiger in India. Naturally, Tiger Trails, Tadoba is where you should head if you're a wildlife enthusiast and nature lover. There's nature, wildlife and a luxurious ambience that instantly envelopes a guest in its warm confines. Tadoba National Park has the highest number of tigers in India.
The high-end luxury destination promises lingering memories given its choice of 10 uber-luxurious rooms, each of which overlook individual waterholes that can stretch up to two acres. Add to this, the luxury of sitting in a plush verandah and watching crocodiles laze around in your waterhole! Migratory birds like the Rudy Shell Duck, White Kingfisher and Whistling Teels breed can be spotted. Ninety five per cent of this 104-acre estate is forested so you are literally in the lap of nature. The adjacent Tadoba National Park is a must-visit spot but don't miss the chance to spend a night in a machaan above a water hole at Tiger Trails.
You pay Rs 9,500 onwards (per person per night/ inclusive of meals)
Log on to www.tigertrails.in
How to reach Nagpur is the closest airport. It is a 125-km drive from here.