For long Mumbaikars have complained about the lack of choice for good hotels in Mahabaleshwar, which continues to be the weekend getaway for many of us in the city. Not any more. Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa has just opened its doors there, making it the first Le Méridien resort in India.
It has 122 rooms and suites, all with private balconies. Instead of the traditional lobby, the hotel has its signature Le Méridien Hub that transforms the public space into a social gathering place. You will be greeted by a curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, exclusive illy coffee prepared by Master Baristas, and Sparkling cocktails, inspired by Europe’s aperitif hour.
For F&B, the hotel has multiple options: Latest Recipe is an all-day dining restaurant that offers international, Asian and local cuisines. Chingari is an Indian restaurant. It also has a pool-side restaurant called Plunge Bar and Longitude 73 transforms from a casual coffee house by day to a vibrant social scene by evening.
Other facilities include the Explore Spa by Le Méridien with eight treatment rooms including a hammam bath and a vichy shower treatment room. It also has a fitness centre along with both a lagoon-style swimming pool and a rooftop infinity pool. Hurrah!
For families, the hotel offers Le Méridien Family Kids Club with programming. Children up to the age of 12 will also get a free LEGO Welcome Amenity so that they don't bother their parents during the stay!
You can also arrange for a curated visit to the nearby Devrai Art Village and the 5,000 year old Krishna Devi temple. If strawberry picking at a farm interests you, that can be arranged as well.