Alibaug Weekend Trip | U Tropicana Resort

An Alibaug weekend trip can be such a quick getaway from Mumbai.

Earlier in the year, I stayed at a luxurious villa on an Alibaug Weekend Trip. Check out this video from my trip.

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Alibaug weekend Trip

U Tropicana is  good property in Alibaug. In fact I have stayed at their regular resort rooms and also their villa and I can vouch for both. A villa is great when you are in a big group  and want to live under one roof. If booked well in advance, you can even find a steal deal online. And their individual rooms are great for privacy. Most of them are pool facing, with a cozy sit out.

Alibaug Weekend Trip

Personally, I enjoy taking a ferry ride or a speed boat to Alibaug. The drive is quite long – a 45 minute ferry ride versus a a 3-4 hour drive! So I would definitely recommend the water route. However, double check this mode of transport if you are travelling during monsoon.

Alibaug Weekend Trip

In terms of food, Alibaug is all about coastal Maharashtrian cuisine. So expect a lot of non veg! However, if like me you are vegetarian too, then U Tropicana has you covered. They do have a pretty decent veg fare.

I would recommend Alibaug for a quick weekend getaway. It gives that feel of being away from the city, without much travel. And there is quite a bit to do there – the beaches, the forts and more. So definitely explore Alibaug!

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Hotel Jade Garden Mysore – Clean & Comfortable stay in Mysuru

Centrally located, clean and comfortable is how I’d describe my stay at Hotel Jade Garden Mysore.

I came across Hotel Jade Garden Mysore and the one thing that made me choose it was the location. While travelling, I always look for properties that can quickly lead me to all the tourist spots and yet, not be in the middle of commotion.

Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a budget hotel here and one thing I can vouch for is their hygiene. This is something I’m very particular about while choosing a hotel.

I stayed in their executive room and it was extremely comfortable. Clean sheets, ample towels, basic selection of tea and coffee were all there.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Even their bathroom was basic, yet very clean. And generously refilled with toiletries everyday!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

They have 2 restaurants inside the hotel. One if them is Saffron. This is the place were I enjoyed their breakfast buffet and it was quite a spread. A good mix of South Indian and western dishes. I stuck to trying out local cuisine – idlis, dosas and filter coffee was my daily staple! The idlis at Saffron deserve a special mention. They were fresh, soft and melt in your mouth. And the coconut chutney was perfection.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

The other restaurant here is one of the most happening rooftop bars in Mysore. This is Iconic rooftop restaurant and bar and it had such a fun, chilled out vibe. Good music, good food and good cocktails!

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

This rooftop bar actually has an open section which has a bar and a few high tables. But they also have a more cozy dining area that serves delicious food.

Jade Garden Mysore

Jade Garden Mysore

From the outside, the hotel looks great. In the day time especially it makes for very insta-worthy pictures. And in the evening, when it’s all lit up it looks gorgeous as well.

 

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Jade Garden Mysore

Hotel Jade Garden Mysore is a place that I would stay when I come back here. The staff, hospitality and of course the idlis totally made my stay here very memorable. When you visit Mysore, definitely keep this hotel in mind. You can check out their website for bookings.

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La Marvella Bangalore – Luxurious stay in Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore
I recently had the opportunity to stay in La Marvella Bangalore and it was beautiful!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore offers luxurious stays in Jayanagar, an affluent residential and commercial area in Bangalore. Area wise this is pretty close to a lot of good places in Bangalore – eateries, malls and more.

For me, a key part of hotel stays is how clean they are. Some of the fanciest properties may not really be the cleanest! La Marvella was not only clean, but also very well maintained. Their rooms were spic-n-span, nothing seemed like it was out of order!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

I also found their rooms to be a bit bigger than most hotels. They didn’t feel cramped, or busy. Very well spaced out.

Some of their rooms offer a view. Mine was the executive room and I was lucky to have this greenery right outside the window.

La Marvella Bangalore

One thing that was really interesting was this switch box. Everything just a press away! Switch boards are normally spread across the room. But this box just makes life so much easier! You could even operate the automated curtain from right here.

La Marvella Bangalore

If you love hotel bathrooms then welcome to the club! I just love big mirrors, shower cubicles and nice white towels.

La Marvella Bangalore

Their room is equipped with everything – bathrobes, ironing board, tea-coffee and a water heater, tv, wifi and in room dining.

La Marvella Bangalore

I did check out the restaurant Golden Oak, a multi-cuisine restaurant inside La Marvella Bangalore. And it feels nothing short of a fine dining experience. Highly recommend trying out their Shaam Savera – a delicious Paneer gravy and their Hyderabadi mix vegetable. And their steaming hot chapatis too.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

Also, don’t miss their litchi stuffed rasgullas!

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore also houses Sohum Spa, a popular spa chain in India. And while I was there, they were offering a complimentary 15 minute foot massage.

La Marvella Bangalore

If massages are not your thing, then head to the roof top and chill by the pool. Because Bangalore weather is mostly amazing, you can catch a good sunset and also a nice view of the city.

La Marvella Bangalore

That was all about my stay at La Marvella Bangalore. I also got to check out their suites and they were more luxurious than I could ever imagine!

This is their Executive suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

This is the Presidential suite.

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

La Marvella Bangalore

You can find out rates, availability and all other details on their official website.

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Sheraton Grand Pune – Room Tour Video

A while back I stayed at The Sheraton Grand Pune and had a pretty goof experience.

You can watch this video where I take you through the Sheraton Grand Pune. It also includes a room tour.

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The Sheraton Grand Pune is one of the oldest five star properties in Pune. The hotel is now part of the Marriott group.

This hotel is located at Bund Garden, Pune and is pretty close to Pune railway station. In terms of amenities the hotel is equipped with a restaurant and coffee shop, a spa, an outdoor pool and even a roof top dining area. They have 2 pools – one for adults and the other for kids and both are located on the terrace, alongside Chingaari, their rooftop restaurant. They also have an in-house spa – Shine Spa. It is a very popular hotel among business travellers and is very well equipped with large conference rooms. The hotel is also known for its banquet halls for hosting parties, weddings and receptions.

The Sheraton Grand Pune does have that old world feel to it. Rooms and the lobby are reminiscent of an older hotel. Even the old style lift and the interiors are quite vintage in their feel.

While there are many luxurious and five star properties in Pune, the Sheraton Grand does provide a memorable and comfortable experience.

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