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“Off the beaten path”
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The Machan
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Lonavala
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Seattle, Washington
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“Off the beaten path”
Reviewed 3 February 2012

Literally..off the beaten path. My wife and I went there for a quick getaway from Mumbai (any other town would have been too far.) I wasn't initially too excited because Lonavla is pretty much your standard Mumbai getaway. When I checked TripAdvisor and found the reviews for this place, I began to get interested and booked it, though still wasn't sure what to expect. When we got there, the place was all that and more. The being off the beaten path was a little annoying in that the short approach road is unpaved. However it was worth it. The concept is novel, the rooms very well furnished and the service staff very attentive and excellent (from speaking to some of them, they were from all over the country). The food was especially good. Another interesting fact I learned is that mosquitos don't come to the tops of trees (where the tents are.) The name "Camp Canopy" is very apt because from our balcony we had a breathtaking view of the tops of trees as far as the eye could see. If I had to guess where the regular people who live in Lonavla go to get away from it all, this would be it.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

It was a wonderful experience to stay at The Machan. Great place, amazing people, awesome food it had everything anyone could ask for. I love the “green” concept of it as it blends with the land in every way. it was like heaven on earth.A very beautiful place to have relaxing holiday. I loved the nature trek in the morning and don't miss the sunrise and sunset the sight is so beautiful.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

What attracted me to The Machan was its name and the beautifully done interiors so well captured for the web-site.
Its not actually a Tree House Hotel but has the Tree literally living and growing through one corner of the house and has one level of the house suspended and supported by beams.

The Machan is an indulgent, passionate, beautifully decorated holiday home of the owners who have graciously given it up for people like us to come and be part of the experience and appreciate Nature and God once more considering our real lives where Greenery, chirping of the Birds and Music of the Wind is a privilege of a few.

The Machan and the Camp Canopies welcome visitors for a couple of days, get charged and back to the regular life without travelling very far away and seeing half of the world in one place !

The Machan is definitely not cheap but the service, staff, details to comfort and experience definitely make it an Once to visit places.

Its not the Taj or the Oberoi or 5 Star property but what makes it special and unique is that it is a Home and invites you to come and experience her charm and magic and warmth.

The location is not very offbeat although finding it the first time maybe daunting if one is not payong attention and the entrance road is a little rough but once inside the view from The Machan is simply fantastic!!
The Camp Canopies have their own private terraces and are stand alone and at distance form each other thereby giving the required privacy .

Its one of the few places where the website does full justice.

thank you to the Team at Machan to make my mini holidays fabulous.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

My wife Vani and I had set out for Colaba from our Bandra flat yesterday morning with the intention of spending a lazy Sunday in South Mumbai. Just before we got onto the Sea-Link we decided to drive to Lonavala on a whim.

We never realized what a good idea that was until we got to The Machan and decided to stay the night.

We came with no change of clothes, no toothbrush and NO LUGGAGE, but that didn’t prevent us from having absolute peace of mind, sound sleep, fresh air and a stimulating walk around the property.

A big thank you to the whole staff and especially the Naturalist for telling us so much about the plants & stars.

It is very accessible from Mumbai - a 2 hour drive and the instructions are very easy to follow. The amenities are simple yet the planning and execution of this unique resort very high standard with a great commitment to the Environment. Kids and Adults can learn a lot from even one day's stay at The Machan along with getting all the relaxation and rejuvenation they bargained for.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Stayed in camp canopy at the Machan for 3 nights recently. The place is a slice of bliss waiting to envelope you as soon as you get here. Whilst its only two and a half hours from Mumbai (Bandra), it could have been on a different planet, for we forgot all our worries, TVs and cares within minutes of being there. The location is completely off the grid and is self sustaining. Every effort has been made to keep it as close to nature as possible whilst providing the basic luxuries.

This is not your average holiday resort, in-fact its not your average holiday. Come here for unadulterated alone time. Your company will be the sounds of the forest and life that inhabits it. And if you live in a big city like Mumbai, heaven knows you need it.

Our gracious hosts, Mr. Hoja and Varun played the part very well and even though we met them briefly, felt like have known them a long time. Their plans for the future are exciting and I cant wait to see how the property develops over time.

Whilst I dare not say anything against the place (we loved it so much), if I was pressed for 'suggestions' I would recommend a slightly more expansive menu. Whilst the home cooked Indian food is great, eating the same meals 3 days in a row was tiresome. Would love to have some fresh fruit and salad.

We truly wish Machan the best and look forward to many breaks here to come.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Machan
Address: 8 km Short of Aamby Valley, Lonavala, India (Formerly The Machan & Camp Canopy)
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Region: India > Maharashtra > Pune District > Lonavala
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 67 Hotels in Lonavala
Price range (per night): $172 - $388
Hotel Class:3 star — The Machan 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An award-winning eco-resort in Lonavala. The Machan is a story of dwellings that rise above the forest floor and form a symbiotic relationship with their natural surroundings. All of its individual accommodations are floating in the air, with enchanting views and elegant rustic interiors. Its carbon footprint is minimal - with its energy generated solely through solar and wind. Located in Jambulne, one of 25 biological hotspots of the world and a mere 2.5 Drive from Mumbai (1.5 Hours from Pune), the Machan makes for an accessible weekend getaway. We invite you to take some time away from work and immerse yourself in this one of a kind experience. Reconnect with family, friends and loved ones in the comfort and privacy of this truly exclusive retreat. ... more   less 
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