If you live in the constant hustle-bustle of a busy city, engulfed by honking cars and thick smog, there’s no denying your need to escape to a place that’s both peaceful and silent, cut off from the world. Which is why The Machan at Lonavala is ideal. Just two and a half hours away from Mumbai, the eco resort envelops you with its 25 acres of tranquil, thick, wooded area.
While eco-tourism is the new buzzword in the travel industry, The Machan takes it a notch higher. Wanting to be extra cautious and minimise damage to the environment, it took 18 years to be completed, and much like the trees in it, the resort has grown organically over the years. For over two decades, the property’s focus has been on rejuvenating its 25 acres and allowing the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats to flourish. No wonder then that the trees are part of your room or tree house décor, carefully protected so that they can flourish in peace, and you’re likely to see a ‘Mind Your Head’ sign in your room. The structures of the property are primarily made of steel, glass and wood —all recyclable construction materials.