Know About Resorts Before Choosing The Right One

The Classification

Resorts are isolated, self-contained commercial places that cater to different needs and requirements of guests, ranging from food and lodging to entertainment and even shopping. In some cases, the term resort can be used for a hotel property that offers a wide array of amenities, ranging from entertainment to adventure activities.

Resorts need not always be a commercial establishment operated by a single organisation or a single individual. A resort can also be a condominium complex that is time-shared or owed fractionally by a number of individuals and/or organisations. Resorts became a worldwide phenomenon during the 20th century. Presently, the resort market is an important niche in the travel and hospitality industry not just in India but also across the world.

Bäder Architecture – The Resort Architecture

Though most resorts near Mukteshwar and elsewhere follow hotel architecture, most spas and seaside resorts in the West follows an architectural theme termed Bäder architecture. The original resort style appeared for the first time over 200 years ago, 1793 AD, in Germany. It started to flourish in other parts of Europe in 1870. At present, it is followed by several top resorts around the world.

The architecture is most notably followed by recreational resorts offering spa and massage services, especially near coasts. Single mansions serving as resorts are also termed as Bädervilla, a German word which translates to Resort Mansion or Spa Villa. Another type of architecture followed by health spas, especially in Central Europe and the Czech Republic, is called Kurarchitektur (meaning spa architecture in English).


Why you should book a luxury resort in Mukteshwar? Here are some probable reasons:

  1. Comprehensive Services. Unlike other types of accommodation, you need not take care of some of the things by yourself. For, resorts allow guests to focus on their vacation and leave all the small tasks to the resort facility. You’ll get what you need when you need it.
  2. Variety. One of the biggest perks of choosing resorts over other accommodation options during vacationing is a wide variety that one can choose from. Ranging from solo homes catering to only select guests to all-inclusive resorts providing best home away stays for family vacationers; there are several options to choose from. You might like to go for a spa, health or recreational resort for enjoying a rejuvenating experience, in addition to relaxing during the vacation period.
  3. Plenty of Choice in Terms of Guest Activities. Most resorts offer a wide variety of activities to guests. These activities vary from in-house sports activities to trekking to a hill in close vicinity to the resort. Golf, biking, hiking, snow activities and water sports are some of the most typical guest activities offered by typical resorts. Amazingly, some may even offer unconventional services like yoga classes and foreign language learning classes.

Luxury Resorts in Maldives

One & Only Rethi Rah

One & Only Rethi Rah is the top choice; there is no other Maldives luxury resort that can give you better than this. It is grand and glamorous. It made of enormous villas done up in Asian interior décor. While a few have private pools, the others overlook the beach. There are three restaurants on the island where you can enjoy lip smacking local and foreign cuisine. There is a range of other facilities including spa treatments, art classes, water sports and yoga.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

A fairly new restaurant (opened in 2006), the Four Seasons has made it to the top of the charts on account of its brilliantly designed villas coupled with its great services. It is palatial. The design blends modern touches with local Maldivian village influences. Four Seasons has been touted as one of the best Maldives luxury resorts for honeymooners. There are private outdoor dining areas, private lap pools and big gardens where couples can spend some romantic time together. There’s a club for kids and teens and babysitting services too just in case you are planning a family vacation.

Angsana Velavaru

If you’re wondering where to stay in Maldives, a place that is not as pricey as One and Only Rethi Rah and Four Seasons, Angsana Velavaru is one of the options for you. It gives you classy accommodation at a reasonable price. There are waterfront villas as well as stand-alone structures a few kilometers away from the mainland. There are five restaurants where you can wine and dine.

Six Senses, Laamu

One of the three Six Senses resorts, this Maldives Luxury resort boasts of 97 villas built in the classic, rustic style. This eco-resort has all its villas made of ecologically sourced wood. Despite its rustic charm in its construction and its natural backdrop, it is staffed with a lot modern amenities such as iPod docks, Bose entertainment systems, flat screen television, air conditioners, tree top decks and all-glass bath rubs. There are yoga, meditation, gym and spa facilities too.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi

Tucked away in the South end of the Maldives, this is another Maldives luxury resort where you can set up when on a vacation. There are luxurious villas attached to private pools. You can spend the afternoons lazing around in the sun at the outdoor seating areas. Tourists can also indulge in adrenaline-pumping water sports such as diving, fishing and windsurfing. You can soothe your tensed nerves at the spa with their massage and sauna facilities.

Great Stay At Westgate Resorts

Our Westgate resorts unit was located in Building 6 which was easily accessed from either entrance to the property. Parking (free) was never a problem during our week. I liked that Building 6 had easy access to the biggest of the many pools and we overlooked this pool from our balcony on the top floor.

We faced west and enjoyed sunset views from our screened and furnished balcony. A great treat. We could not see the Big Sand Lake from Building 6 but the pool view after dark was very pleasant with lots of landscape lighting. The master bath was great, and special, with a shower and separate Jacuzzi that had a 2 step surround and was at least 6 ft x 6 ft.

There was a private room for the toilet. The king bed was comfortable. The upholstered easy chair was also comfortable. There was plenty of natural light from the balcony which you could enter privately. There was also access to the balcony from the LR. The balcony was spacious. Easily enough room for the padded recliner that you could extend in either direction. It was equipped with a dining table and 4 chairs that were standard issue. The 5 paddle ceiling fan was never needed. We ate late dinners and early breakfasts out on the balcony every day. Loved it (and the wonderful weather that we were blessed with). March weather in Orlando can be nasty.

I liked the design of the Westgate resorts condo that allowed the 2nd bath to be accessed from either the 2nd BR or from the hall (yes, 2 entrance doors). It was a full bath too, with a shower/bathtub combination. Nice size sink/vanity area too, with good lighting and ventilation.

The kitchen was fully equipped and we put it to the test, cooking every night. The laundry was located in a convenient closet behind the kitchen with shelving and full size washer and dryer. The condition of all appliances in our condo was near new. The full size refrigerator included an efficient ice making freezer. The oven, microwave, and garbage disposal all worked properly. The base cabinets were cheap plywood and the doors didn’t align. No big deal to me.

Our only maintenance call while on vacation at Westgate Resorts involved the electric stove top element which was quickly replaced. I asked for a roasting tray and received a brand new one still in the shrink wrap within 20 minutes of my phone call. The 50 inch TV in the LR was a great treat. There were smaller TVs in each bedroom. I cannot recall if any of them were flat screen.

Summary- Westgate Resorts have a winner in this property. The location is convenient to everything and especially to the I-4 in both directions. There is a Super Walmart only a few minutes away. Many restaurants are in the area too and lots of shopping. We had rented a car so I have no comment about the free shuttle services that are provided.

You cannot easily walk to anything that is off the Westgate Property so keep this in mind in case you intend to not rent a car. I found the Westgate Resorts Staff at this location to be very friendly, even cheerful. The many high rise buildings looked to be in good shape. The lobby area was tastefully set up. I visited many of the pools and each was clean and there were plenty of recliners and chairs and umbrellas.

Landscaping was mature and tasteful. The hardscape was very well maintained, showing lots of update activity. The walkways along the lake was a great treat for early morning walks, and the grill areas looked to be in good shape too, although I did not use any, as they were located far away from our building. The location of a grill located at lakeside in a beautiful wooded setting was a destination that I added to my “next time” to do list!

At our Westgate resorts there was a weekly calendar of activities provided that included many pool games, exercise classes, kids stuff, etc. We did not use the spa so cannot comment. We also did not use the tennis courts, miniature golf course, fishing rods, paddle boats, jet skies, wave runners, and canoes that are free if you are an owner but a good value otherwise. We did take advantage of the early AM breakfast buffet deal held at the Smokehouse Grill on campus. An excellent value.

Resorts in Ranthambore National Park

  1. Pugmark Resort- This is a unique and truly beautiful place to spot the various creatures in the Reserve. The Pugmark Resort is the right merge of modern structural design and natural beauty. In total the resort has 33 rooms that are well furnished and equipped with excellent facilities for making the stay of the guests pleasurable and commendable. Right from food to facilities everything here is just perfect.
  2. Ranthambore Forest Resort- The right union of beauty and elegance, this resort welcomes guests to an environment where supreme luxury resides. The Ranthambore Forest Resort’s proximity, to the national park has made it a highly preferred place for spotting the rich fauna and flora. The resort has 46 rooms in total and is equipped with modern facilities such as attached washroom, TV, verandah, closet and coffee/tea maker. Its multi cuisine restaurant serves international and Indian cuisines to suffice the craving of every guest.
  3. Ranthambore National Resort- This resort is very close to the national park and is a very comfortable place for accommodating on the way towards the Park. The cordial hospitality, the Aravalli Hills’ backdrop and the green well-manicured lawns are the key attractions of Ranthambore National Resort which grabs travelers from the world over. The rooms are equipped with modern facilities such as private bathroom facilities, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and more. When it comes to delicacies, their in-house restaurant offers Continental, Chinese and North Indian food.
  4. Ankur Resort- This resort has 15 furnished rooms equipped with carpet that is wall to wall and attached toilets having cold and hot running water as well as the full electronic EPABX system. It offers 10 decorated cottages that offer lush green lawn and full privacy which will offer people a relaxed feeling. Ankur Resort has a spacious dining hall with a soothing atmosphere and serves mouth-watering cuisine, including Continental, Chinese and Indian.
  5. Vatika Resort- This resort is situated on the Ranthambore Road and comprises of 8 cottages along with a private garden. The Vatika Resort is 5 km from the Sawai-Madhopur station and before Vanya Vilas. It is surrounded via nature. Every room has been furnished tastefully and has attached bathrooms. The food served is excellent and the services are highly personalized.
  6. Sanctuary Resort- This resort has a host of modern amenities such as 24/7 cold and hot water, good electricity back up, courteous and personalized room service, heating arrangements during winter amid others. Guests can enjoy a cultural evening where local artists will perform near the lawn or surrounding the swimming pool. Early morning tea will be served in the room and a healthy English breakfast will be served soon after and will include bread, cheese, eggs and fruit. Lunch and dinner will be lightly spiced while room service and snacks will be accessible throughout the day.

Star Resorts in Matheran

Neemrana’s – Verandah in the Forest

This charming resort is located bang in the middle of a forest and offers the chance to experience nature from close quarters. The property has been designed with charming details like high ceiling, red flooring and a terracotta tiled verandah overlooking the dense forest. This 3 star resort doesn’t have television in any of the rooms and telephone signal is non-existent, which forces the guests to connect with themselves and their loved ones. The staff are cordial and ready to help you with any requests like gluten free food or arranging sightseeing tours.

The Byke Heritage – Matheran

The Byke Heritage is one of the oldest and most popular resorts in Matheran. This 3 star property is located at the far end of the town, close to MG Road. Guests can choose from Deluxe Room, Luxury Poolside Rooms and Heritage Bungalow. The rooms are spacious and furnished with modern amenities like tea/coffee maker, air conditioner, heater and electronic safe. The resort offers several activities for guests including DJ night, tennis, badminton, cricket, magic show and bonfire parties. The in-house restaurant at the resort serves vegetarian north Indian dishes at affordable rates.

Westend Hotel

Located close to the Matheran Police Station, this 4 star hotel offers clean and spacious rooms furnished with modern amenities. This family friendly resort offers several activities like pool, table tennis, carrom, karaoke night, camp fire parties and live music shows. The resort is close to several sightseeing spots in town, including Echo Point. Westend Hotel is an excellent choice for families and couples looking for a relaxing weekend stay in Matheran.

Horseland Hotel And Mountain Spa

Located around 10 minutes from Matheran station, this 3 star resort is close to several sightseeing spots and dining options. This is one of the best rated 3 star hotels in Matheran and offers the perfect mix of amenities, activities and hospitality. The rooms are compact but clean and well maintained by a team of dedicated housekeeping crew. The in-house restaurant at the hotel serves delicious north and south Indian dishes in a cozy ambiance. The staff are well trained and go above and beyond to ensure a comfortable stay for the guests.