John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and must I go.” While he practiced and preached well for an extensive backpack trip, what about fatigued days, and minimal leaves on a human’s calendar? Mankind invented staycations for that, it piqued our interest ever since there has been no going back, we find you a new staycation haven once in a while and this time on our recommendation is Radisson Blu, Resort and Spa at Alibaug. Read on as we recount our experience…
Ferrying the Arabian sea from the iconic Gateway of India, we found ourselves at the Mandwa Jetty in no time. (45 minutes for 116 KMS to be precise, is still faster than traveling anywhere in Mumbai even within 5 KMS radius)
A scenic drive and 45 minutes later from the Mandwa Jetty, we arrived at a lusciously green gateway to Radisson Blu, Resort and Spa at Alibaug, a plush property or should we say our home for 2 days of a staycation featuring tales and treats?
We checked-in to this property surrounded by a costal setting and checked-out our woes, while the hospitable team at Radisson Blu, Alibaug vowed to make our staycation an experiential retreat to remember.
Housing our baggage and presence in their lake view villa, our humongous abode for the next two days configured a living room with a private lawn on the ground floor and a bedroom with balcony overlooking the Veshvi lake’s backwaters.
Our villa (Much like the other 155 rooms, suites and villas at Radisson Blu, Alibaug) was crafted with perfection to suit the needs of a contemporary traveler. Private dinning area, a king-sized sofa and gigantic TV set along with a walk-in lawn in the living room allows ample of space for one, rather many to chill through the day. The spacious bedroom alongside a scenic view comes with a master bathroom. (The duplex structure villa offers a bathroom on each floor)
What’s even better about these lake-view villas? They’re a stone’s throw away from the pool, restaurants, bar and the gaming room which is a major yay, especially if you’re looking to Eat, Sleep, Unwind repeat.
Our curiosity led us to tour the property to realise that all the rooms, suites, villas have a private balcony and natural lighting (If you’re a shutterbug like us, you would know how much that matters :P) We also discovered some pretty cool things at the property (We shall tell you more about it in another post)
What’s a staycation without some food for the palette and soul? The latter can only be satiated when the former is happy, no? We found our share of carbs and happiness in their in-house restaurants offering multi-cuisine options.
Our breakfast at Aparanta, the multi-cuisine restaurant was a morning delight with live counters, Indian and continental picks. Trust the chefs to add their expert touch for live preparations and plating to give you food coma moments. Pro Tip: Don’t miss the pancakes!
The reminiscence of the morning scrumptiousness brought us back to Aparanta for their lunch buffet which offers a good spread of Indian, Oriental, and Continental cuisine. We bet you’ll be spoilt for choices. Need a repeat or customisation from a live-counter? The chef/service team got you covered.
Is it fair to be in Alibaug and not try the local delicacies? Absolutely no! We headed to Kokum and Spice (A traditional cuisine restaurant with beautiful interiors) for dinner to try our share of authentic treats.
But do coastal offerings have something in store for herbivores? As opposed to our misconception, there’s more to Malwani, Mangalorean or Goan cuisine than sea food. From appetisers to desserts, we fell in love with these delights. If you’re a vegetarian like us, there’s all the more reason you should explore this restaurant! Every dish on the menu is the resultant of the Chef’s curation of flavours and observations from varied diner’s, shacks and homes to bring the exact Kokum and Spice on the table. Pro Tip: For dessert, call for the Modak with ghee, it’s the best we’ve tried till date!
P.S: On that dessert high, we’re concluding this walk-through our room and food experience at Radisson Blu, Resort and Spa at Alibaug. What more does the property have to offer? Watch this space as we tell you soon! Until next time, #StayCurious 🙂