Worthwhile, but needs improvement
on Dec 25, 2017
So we went to Machan for a second time on June 2017. The first time, we went in December 2014, and we were completely mesmerized by our experience, really really loved it.
But the second time, we went in monsoon, and we found many things lacking. Listing them one by one here:
We went when it was raining very heavily - but we love the rains and would have loved to sit out on the deck/balcony. But the roof was leaking and we couldn't sit there.
The balcony net door bolt was not working.
There was a strange plastic lunch box stuck in ceiling - perhaps a previous guest's prank but it was bizarre.
When we asked for room service, they didn't clean balcony table ! And Tea cups weren't replaced.
We asked for Tea with sugar, etc but no Stirrer was given - no spoons, nothing. There was no way to stir the sugar into the Tea.
The double bed was a joke - it was two extremely uncomfortable single mattresses put together. If someone is going on a romantic getaway, this would be a big problem.
The pantry called 4-5 times in the afternoon while we were sleeping / showering just to check whether we were going to eat. After so many years in business, can't they just estimate?
When we arrived and were taken to our Machaan in the middle of heavy monsoon season, our Luggage was not covered with plastic or any other protective coer while being taken to room, even in very heavy rain !! They had absolutely not thought about this issue! They should keep ponchos and umbrella for guest use - they had absolutely nothing.
Lastly, they should allow guests to bring their own alcohol (can charge corkage).
In summary our experience was not commensurate with the fairly high (5-star level) rate this hotel charges. But I would go there again just because the Machaans are fundamentally really awesome and I love the cutoff feeling.
on Dec 25, 2017
We had 2 days for ourselves from the busy schedule of our lives to celebrate togetherness away from the Heat of the Desert in Dubai and hence we chose The Machan.
This place trust me is one of the best places I have been to. As an avid traveler and coming from posh nosh high tech surrounded world, I love being with the nature and spend quality time with my loved ones and try to get some soul music. The staff out here were really helpful and were ready at your service round the clock. The team at the Reception (gentleman- I forgot the name :(, sorry) was very welcoming. We were staying at Woods 3 and I really loved it.
The breakfast/ lunch area was beautiful too. Also cozy peaceful place for Dinner dining area.
One little feedback would be it would be great if there was room service available round the clock would have been the cherry on the cake..!
Nevertheless, I’m definitely coming back to Machan the next time when I’m in India...!
I have few pictures down here.. I highly recommend this place as it’s worth visiting.
Thank you Team Machan for the wonderful and memorable experience...! Inshallah, I’ll See you soon in 2018.
on Dec 24, 2017
Really enjoyed a break away from the city life of Mumbai. Only a couple of hpurs drive and you can soin be submerged into tropical forests where monkeys and Malabar Squirrels abound. Amazing stilted tree houses, with outdoor showers and baths; fabulous food and tge odd pet treefrog to add to the incredible ambience. A little costly but surely worth it. Highly recommended.
on Dec 21, 2017
Amazing place....love the sunset point!!! To wake up amongst serene nature is an experience only at Machan. Must do once in a lifetime and more if possible .food is excellent as well. The heritage Machan is amongst the clouds specially during monsoon. I visit once a year definitely !
The Machan was a sublime eco adventure--worth traveling thousands of miles
on Dec 14, 2017
Having left The Machan resort, near Lonavala, India, a week ago, I already miss waking up in a cocoon of the impossibly soft cotton duvet, and a gentle breeze streaming through the screens in our windowed, camp-like tree house home among the fig and ironwood trees. A “machan,” is the Hindi word for a tree stand, used as a lookout for viewing animals, and in the old days, shooting tigers. But in this case, a machan is a deluxe tree house. Our “ Jungle Machan #4” was two spacious stories stylishly decorated like a colonial-era camp with rustic lamps and furniture. But it also had modern touches like a marble open air shower and soaking tub. The water never got quite hot enough for a full bath but that was a minor detail, particularly forgettable because the resort runs exclusively off solar and wind power. The “Heritage Machan” that sleeps six is also mind-blowing with the highest lookout of all. Each machan is an architectural gem. Metal cables that support the machans are anchored into cement to minimize the jungle footprint and allow plants to reforest around it. The owner bought the land 25 years ago when it had been denuded of all vegetation. The area, adjacent to a vast, protected forest, is slowly returning to a natural state. Most of the guests stayed for just a day or two and were from Mumbai or nearby Pune, a two and one hour drive, respectively. Only a smattering was from the west. The food was continuously delightful. Roti and masala dosa and other types of bread were made every meal over grills and tandoori stoves near the buffet. We are not vegetarians but the vegetarian food of palak paneer, delicate cardamom-scented pulao, and spicy curries were so flavorful and satisfying we skipped the meat and fish choices all week. The distractingly handsome head chef Manpreet also offered cooking lessons for those game enough to try to master the million and one ingredients that go into the savory North Indian food. As another activity, we tried a night walk with the British-born resident naturalist and talented wildlife photographer David Higgins. His best hike led us up to a high plateau of the Western Ghats where we stumbled upon a curious herd of grazing buffalo and cattle. When it rained at the camp, we were often cramped into a fireside camp or the executive center where yoga is held, instead of the tables set up in the woods or the jungle platform typically used for breakfast and lunch. The manager Deepak surprised us with rich dark chocolate and walnut fudge, a divine local specialty, after he learned one of us (embarrassingly, it was me) was slightly disappointed that the espresso machine broke down briefly. In one sitting, I lapped up the fudge with a spoon. To be honest, the place could use some simple landscaping to spruce up the walkways around a barren, homely looking pond. But those who need impeccable surroundings should stay at the Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace where butler service is available. Machan Resort is an eco-lodge first and foremost, as glamorous and lovely as it can be in a jungle and any rough edges must be forgiven. Plus the staff was devoted to pleasing. After leaving The Machan we also stayed at the mega-star Taj Mahal Palace and loved its traditional, raj-level pampering. But when I think back about India, it’s The Machan I dream of and where I hope some day to return.