The city of Mumbai can feel especially weary in summer. The scorching heat, the dripping humidity and the clouds of dust don't exactly make it any easier. But if jetting off to the beaches of Fiji or the cliffs of Santorini just isn't possible right now, we might have something that is. You can still enjoy the best of summer's offerings at spots that don't require you to get on a plane or train. If you reside in Mumbai, you know all too well that soaking in the sunshine on the poolside with a cocktail in hand sounds like a dream. We've picked 5 fantastic getaways in and around Mumbai where you can enjoy an afternoon or an entire weekend at your leisure to make the most of the sunny season.
1. Eat, Swim And Rejuvenate At Radisson Blu In Mumbai
In the midst of Mumbai's chaos lies a slice of calm called Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport located between Powai and the airport. Surrounded by a tranquil garden and a bustling restaurant, the hotel's Sunday special package is perfect to unwind after a hectic week. Start off with a relaxing massage at Unora Spa, where you can pick your head, hands, back or feet to get kneaded into bliss. Next, head for Sunday brunch to their multi-cuisine restaurant. From sushi to kebabs to pani puri to brownies, the variety is immense and delicious enough to leave you wanting more. Wrap up your relaxing Sunday at their rooftop swimming pool which overlooks the city. Whether you lounge in the poolside chairs or practice your breast stroke, you'll be revived like never before after a Sunday like this one. Sunday packages at Radisson Blu Mumbai International Airport start at Rs 2,300 onward.
2. Enjoy Down Time At SaffronStays In Alibaug
Only a few hours away from Mumbai city, SaffronStays Estella in Alibaug is a one-of-a-kind experience for a holiday. The villa features a stunning swimming pool and an extensive garden, a great choice for a group of friends or family. Savour slow living with poolside lounging, leisure walks in the garden and even the humble magic of home-fresh food prepared by the home chef at this signature villa, at all your own pace when you have the place to yourself.
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3. Pamper Yourself At The Westin In Pune
Make this summer a time for self-care when you check in at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park. The offerings are plenty; head straight to the Heavenly Spa for a pamper party for one, dive into the hotel's open-air, infinity pool which has a view of the Mula Mutha River with a cascading waterfall or drop by The Market for a special a la carte menu sweetened with bounty of mango season. The Heavenly Spa's Levo Spalon Fusio Scrub Hair Ritual for greasy scalps and Thalassotherapy to relieve stress and chronic fatigue is recommended to feel revitalized this season.
4. Make It A Poolside Weekend At Bougainvilla In Madh Island
Before the weekend gets here, book the Bougainvilla homestay in Madh Island which is listed on Airbnb and simply a stone's throw away from the city. Hosted by Mandira Bedi herself, take a snooze in one of the many spacious rooms and wake up to the view of the stunning pool. Want to really make the most of it? Bring your friends along and make it a summer poolside party that goes all weekend long i.e. one for the record books.
5. Experience Luxury In Every Aspect At Della Resorts In Lonavala
Retreat to Lonavala for your next break but this time, may your roads lead to Della Resorts. The designer resort has offerings for every taste; restaurants for the foodies, a nightclub for the ones who want to dance until the sun comes up, a spa and swimming pool to rejuvenate at and even Della Adventures, an adventure spot on the property that will get the adrenaline pumping. Pick from one activity or do them all, just don't forget the famous Lonavala chikki on the way back home.