You’ll Love The Scenic Routes To These 10 Offbeat Villas

Are you craving a long, leisurely drive away from your problems? Do you love travelling through scenic routes surrounded by gorgeous hills? Then these villas are just for you. Forget the usual haunts in Lonavala and Alibaug, you’ve seen those roads a hundred times. Go for the road less travelled and head to these ten offbeat villas near Mumbai, the drive is totally worth it!

1. SaffronStays Aqua Chalet, Murbad

An approximately two-hour drive from Mumbai will get you to this quaint villa in Murbad, a small town in Thane. Nestled amidst the Sahyadri hills the road to this venue will give you a stunning view of the Western Ghats. This private riverside Machan is perfect for couples and small families to enjoy a nature’s retreat!

No. of guests: 2-8

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Aqua Chalet

2. SaffronStays Mango Huts by the River, Pali

The drive to Pali has a mesmerising view of not just the mountains but also sprawling farms and orchards. The estate of this 3-bedroom cottage is wide, with plenty of space for pets and kids to run around as well as charming little nooks for photographs. The villa is close to Adlabs Imagica and sightseeing spots like Padsare waterfalls or Jatayu Ganpati temple.

No. of guests: 6-12

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Mango Huts by the River

3. SaffronStays Fragrant Sun By The Lake — Family Room, Mulshi

A hilltop villa, you’ll experience a serene drive through Mulshi’s ghats before you reach Fragrant Sun By The Lake. The journey will give you a slowly expanding view of Mulshi lake and the surrounding valley as you keep going uphill. The eco-friendly villa itself has a bird’s eye view of the same, ideal for families looking to unwind and let their hair down. 

No. of guests: 4-7

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Fragrant Sun By The Lake

4. SaffronStays Arezu, Igatpuri

Head to this lesser-known hill station in between Mumbai and Nashik for a little piece of paradise. Going in between June and October will allow you to appreciate the innumerable shades of green in Maharashtra’s landscape. If you’re lucky, you might stumble across fog-covered roads while traversing the Kasara ghats, on the way to this unique villa near Nashik.

No. of guests: 12-24

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Arezu 

5. SaffronStays Niramay, Velhe

A tranquil space just outside the city of Pune, Velhe provides a new and pristine landscape. Settled in our 3-bedroom luxury villa, you and your family are free to explore the area. You can indulge in some vegetable picking or trek up the hill to get panoramic views of Bhatghar Dam. The infinity pool is one of the best spots to enjoy the scenery from!

No. of guests: 6-9

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Niramay

6. SaffronStays Ekaant, Dhyana, and Nithyam, Wada

This set of three villas in the same complex can be booked together or individually — making it perfect for college reunions as well as a gathering of small families. Getting to Wada is super easy and makes for a hassle-free road trip. You can enjoy your surroundings without worrying about directions. Should you feel up for a riverside stroll then the Pinjal river is just a few minutes away!

No. of guests: 4-32

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Ekaant, SaffronStays Dhyana, SaffronStays Nithyam

7. SaffronStays Serenity, Igatpuri

The name speaks not only for the villa itself but also for the scenic route that gets one here. The road from Mumbai to Igatpuri is a wonderful collage of mountains, fields and — if you arrive post-monsoon — waterfalls. Even once you’ve arrived, the full length windows of this modern vacation home keep you feeling in touch with nature at all times. 

No. of guests: 4-8

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Serenity

8. SaffronStays Kenwoods, Vikramgad

The advantage of offbeat holiday destinations is that you avoid crowds and noise. Kenwoods is the perfect place to retreat from the world. Couples can book a single room for a small, private haven, while big groups can book the entire vacation home. Accessible via the Mumbai-Gujarat highway, the drive down to this offbeat villa is super fast and very beautiful. Keep those cameras ready. 

No. of guests: 6-12

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Kenwoods

9. SaffronStays Misty Mountain, Pali

Escape to these private cottages in Pali and wrap yourself up in comforts. Gazing at the view of the mountains while floating in the azure pool is a one-of-a-kind experience. Don’t forget to roll the windows down on your way here and soak in all that fresh air. If you’re looking to do some more wandering, the Ballaleshwar Temple and Imagica are both a short drive away. 

No. of guests: 4-32

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Misty Mountain

10. SaffronStays Foresta By The Lake, Kamshet

You know every inch of Lonavala now so you might as well take a slight detour. Head to Kamshet and see a different side of Maharashtrian terrain and this home — lush green, set on the banks of lake Andre and surrounded by water on all three sides! Up to 30 guests can stay in this set of cottages and bond over board games, dips in the pool, and more! 

No. of guests: 2-30

Book your holiday: SaffronStays Foresta By The Lake

These offbeat villas near Mumbai and Pune have as much to offer as any of the popular tourist haunts. So why bother with the crowds? Get your own exclusive slice of heaven, with all of the safety and none of the worries. 

About Rati Pednekar

Rati Pednekar is a writer based in Mumbai, India. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and works as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in online magazines like Kitaab, Aloka and The Bombay Review. She loves coffee, painting, and stories about everyday life.