This luxury weekend getaway is only 20 minutes away from Mumbai
Private plunge pools, a personal bartender, and an in-villa barbecue service
BY Meenakshi Iyer | February 4th, 2019
Green forest trails, almost deserted beaches and clean air, no wonder Alibaug is often referred to as the Hamptons of Mumbai. It’s the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway within hours of the city. You can either drive through beautiful coastal hamlets or now—with the launch of UberBoats—just pack in your girl gang in a swanky speedboat and jet set in less than 20 minutes.
Though Alibaug has tons of stay options (from quaint bungalows to luxury resorts), U Tropicana Alibaug’s latest offering combines the cosiness of a secluded retreat with the exclusivity of a luxury property. Recently, we spent a wintry weekend at its newly launched private villa, perfect for families and large groups of friends. Each of its 12 villas come with four bedrooms, a common living area and a sun deck that overlooks a cool plunge pool, where you can enjoy some boozy cocktails and unfiltered blues.
Wondering who’s going to fix you that drink? Call in your personal bartender to set up shop in the private gazebo on the property and enjoy a side of in-villa barbeque. On offer are fish varieties such as surmai and rawas cooked to perfection in local Konkani style. Our favourite was the buttery prawn, charred just enough to bring out the beautiful taste of the sea.
If the food is not enough to slip you into a quick afternoon nap, head to the U Santé Spa for a relaxing massage. You can pick from aromatherapy, body scrubs and masks to its signature traditional Balinese massage. Reserve evenings for a peaceful stroll on the acres and acres of green lawn, or head to the vegetable garden or just pick up a cycle for a quick ride in the countryside. We opted to check out Captain Cook’s bar for an evening of live music and sundowner.
End your stay with a breakfast buffet at the property or if you’re feeling lazy, simply call in for in-room meals of your choice. After all, a getaway should involve minimal movement and U Tropicana Alibaug’s staff ensures you get just that.
Price of the villa (up to eight individuals) – INR 24,999 to INR 40,000 (includes 24-hour private butler)
Price of the villa with barbecue service – INR 36,999 to INR 64,999 (includes 24-hour private butler)