Mahabaleshwar has always been a popular holiday destination in India what with its excellent weather all year round. Whether it is summer, winter or monsoons, this hill station manages to charm one and all with its beauty and vast expanses of greenery.
Recently I was invited for a four-night trip by Evershine Resort – a property of Evershine builders, this beautiful resort in Mahabaleshwar is one of the finest properties in the region. General manager Manoj Verma said: “Our resort is ideal for hosting business conferences and wedding receptions in addition to being an ideal holiday venue for those looking for that much needed break.”
Located just off the main market area, down Gautam road, this beautiful resort has a marble exterior, so that it can operate even during the monsoons as rains in this area are very heavy. In the evenings, the hotel looks even more enchanting what with glittering lights and a fountain that is lit with various colours. Dotted with strawberry orchards and colourful flowers, Evershine is an ideal getaway for those who wish to travel with their families or a group of friends, in fact, this resort is perfect for an event, wedding or those looking for an adventurous holiday.
Business travellers can conduct conferences and workshop in the conference centre in this resort which is equipped with the latest technology required for meetings. This resort is a very popular venue for marriages and parties, with the spacious lawns around the pool easily able to accommodate 1,200 to 1,500 guests. “There is a major demand for conferencing and banqueting facilities and guests from as far as Bangalore visit this hotel to hold wedding receptions, business meetings and workshops,” said Manoj Verma.
The swimming pool and the play area near the pool are very popular with children and there are indoor games such as pool, carom board, chess for those who prefer to spend their time inside. There is also a jogging track, a fitness centre, gaming zone, a kid’s play area and outdoor lawns, and the resort is also equipped to address the special needs of single women and those who require disabled access.
Every room in this resort comes with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys – the executive rooms have a forest view while the deluxe rooms offer a fascinating view of the pool. Both types of room come with a queen bed and are ideal for business as well as leisure travellers. The Evershine suite located on the first floor offers a grand view of the swimming pool and the gardens adorned by flowers of all kinds of colours and shapes. Two bedrooms, an expansive living area and private balconies make this suite a perfect haven for those with large families, while one of the bathrooms is equipped with a large Jacuzzi. A stay here is even more wonderful owing to the hospitable attitude of the hotel staff.
It was a delight to enjoy some fantastic meals created by executive chef Lallan Kumar and his team while at the resort, especially the meals which we indulged in at the Machan – a unique tree house structure located at the Mad Smokehouse. From sea food sizzlers to vegetable sizzlers, Mad Smokehouse also has a charcoal grill and serves both Indian and Mediterranean barbecue meals. Evershine Cafe is perfect for buffet meals and serves both Indian and European cuisine, while a delightful view of beautifully landscaped garden elevates the exquisite dining experience. This makes it one of the best coffee shops in the city and the preferred option for buffet meals or a la carte.
Spa and facilities
Sohum Spa is a luxury wellness spa at Evershine Resort; a place to de-stress and unwind and a major attraction for guests who visit for rejuvenation. This exotic spot offers not just spa therapies, but customised wellness solutions using a holistic blend of traditional, conventional and modern therapeutic techniques which seek to restore the natural equilibrium between body, mind and spirit. With eight spa rooms, a reflexology lounge and a unisex salon, Sohum Spa is the perfect escape to tranquillity and relaxation where guests can pamper themselves.
The treatment rooms are spacious and hold a foot ritual chair, authentic wooden massage tables, a dedicated work area and attached shower facilities. Sohum Spa offers various spa packages, body works, body envelopments, skin refinements, facials and Ayurveda therapies, hair, foot and nail spa therapies. A team of specialist consultants are available for guest consultation, and this includes qualified Ayurveda physicians and Panchakarma specialists, homoeopaths, nutritionists and dieticians, yoga and meditation specialists. Products used in the spa are derived from natural ingredients considering the natural beauty of Mahabaleshwar.
Each room in Sohum Spa represents its own unique quality and is named according to the treatment a guest chooses. Each treatment begins with a guest being offered a cool caffeine free beverage followed by a relaxing foot wash to cleanse stress away. Manipulation of trigger points on the head and neck is administered to effectively relieve tension and ease the guest into relaxation and healing. Face therapies in Sohum Spa are unique and very effective and those who wish to opt for one can go for a customised facial depending on their skin type.
While at the resort guests can enjoy several activities such as rock climbing, zummarring, archery, cross bow, rappelling, water zorbing, zippi zip, commando bridge, burma bridge, net traverse, multiple string, monkey crawl, and early morning bird watching in jungle. The resort also organises an early morning trek to Wilson point – the highest point at Mahabaleshwar – with packed breakfast and mineral water.
In a nutshell
A stay at Evershine Resort in Mahabaleshwar is a perfect for an ideal holiday when one is looking to relax and unwind either solo or with family. I highly recommend this beautiful property to everyone who is looking to enjoy a great time in Mahabaleshwar in India.
All imagery used in this article credit: Evershine Resort and Spa