The Forest

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About the Home

  • Situated right in the middle of a forest and featured by India Times as one of the best pet-friendly villas in India, SaffronStays The Forest is a 4-bedroom pool villa in Alibaug. 
  • This nature retreat near Mumbai is 25 minutes from the Mandwa Jetty and is populated with lots of trees, a mountain and a lake. Far away from all the hustle that compels us to be on our toes all day, every day, this estate is nothing less than a sacred escapade untouched and unexplored by most. 
  • The living room of this private pool villa in Alibaug opens up to the pool, the dining space and the forest. Three bedrooms (with ensuite bathrooms) are on the ground floor and one bedroom (with ensuite bathroom) is on the first floor. 
  • One of the quaint corners of the home features an open-air bathroom. The sky peeping through tree branches, the chirping of birds and whooshing wind complement the entire alfresco shower experience. 
  • Strategically built to welcome sunlight, fresh air and the soothing aroma of the greens, this private villa with WiFi in Alibaug is just your perfect workstation. 
  • The dining area, which is beside the pool offers mesmerising views of the dense forest as you gorge on lip-smacking meals. Trust us, you cannot help but smile amidst this quietude and find yourself at peace. 
  • The in-home cooks in this 4 BHK villa in Alibaug are locals from the village of Bhal and know their way around enhancing homemade meals with the signature Alibaug touch. Chicken Gravy, Chicken Sukka, Mutton Gravy and Mutton Sukka are must-haves. Right from your stay to hospitality, everything in this gorgeous home has the touch of sheer simplicity and elegance.
  • Jungle greens and spot-on hospitality make it ideal for workation, a family getaway (with pets, of course!) and a small team outing.

    Capacity

    10 Guests for an overnight stay, 20 guests for day event.

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    FAQs


    Nestled in the middle of a forest with lots of offbeat activities such as a jungle trek, walk by the lake, etc. to do.

    Pet getaways, small family vacations in Alibaug and team reunions.

    Meals

    Veg (Not Jain) and Non-Veg meals are available at additional cost.
    Click here to view meal plans and pricing.

    Spotlight

    What it feels like staying at The Forest, Alibaug

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    SaffronStays Care


    • Our caretakers will make sure you have a memorable stay. 
    • Savour the taste of Alibaug with authentic home-cooked meals. 
    • There are no CCTVs installed.

    Things to know before booking

    Check-In and Check-Out:
    • Check-In Time : 1 PM
    • Check-Out Time : 10 AM
    • Given the increased need for safety, hygiene and sanitization required at the villa, and for the safety of our guests and staff we cannot allow any early check-ins or late check-outs. The check-in and check-out timings mentioned online and in your confirmation email need to be followed.

    House Rules:
    • Outside food is not allowed in the villa.
    • Guests are not allowed to access the kitchen except for infants with prior permission.
    • Guests cannot invite other guests and day visitors during their stay.
    • Bachelor groups & stag parties are not allowed.
    • We do not encourage parties and late-night revelry. Loud music is not permitted beyond 10 pm.
    • Consumption of alcohol is permitted only within limits.
    • Illegal activities including but not limited to carrying/consuming drugs/narcotics and carrying firearms/weapons are prohibited on the property. Management reserves the right to report any such activities to local authorities.
    • Guests are prohibited from smoking and setting up hookahs in the rooms/villa/lawns.
    • The pool is unguarded. There is no lifeguard on site. Children in the pool must be accompanied by adults at all times.
    • Guests are requested to take care of all personal valuables. Management is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to any items.
    • As required by law, every guest above 18 years must carry government-approved photo ID proof, that shows address. We accept only Aadhar Cards, Driving Licenses and Passports.
    • Inappropriate behaviour or violation of any of the above House Rules will invite a polite refusal to accept a Booking. If already checked in, Management reserves the right to ask guests to leave.
    • Tea/Coffee will be served during breakfast and evening tea time. If you would like tea/coffee at any other time of the day, it can be arranged at an additional charge.
    • All payments for booking the villa, including meals will have to be pre-paid prior to checkin. Security Deposit collected during booking will be returned during check-out or by NEFT within 5 business days after check-out, provided no damages are observed. To avoid inconvenience, we will not be accepting cash onsite for any reasons henceforth.
    • Security deposit is to be paid two days prior to check-in. If no damages are observed, the deposit will be returned during check-out itself or by NEFT within 5 business days after check-out. Please Note: The Security Deposit is subject to change depending upon the number of nights and the group size. Please check with your holiday advisor at the time of booking.

    About the Property:
    • The home is situated right in the middle of a forest with limited access to shops, grocery stores, etc. especially after the sun sets. Make sure you inform the caretaker about all that you need while you book your stay or maximum, a day in advance. 
    • Make sure you shut your windows before 6 PM to avoid insects in the room. 
    • One of the four bedrooms has two double beds. 
    • There are 4 ensuite bathrooms and 1 open-air bathroom in the swimming pool area. Enough attention has been devoted to ensure full privacy.
    • While WiFi is available, the network tends to get patchy. 
    • Roads connecting the home are narrow and only one car can pass at a time. 
    • In case of a power outage or fluctuations, generators can be switched on. However, power outages or fluctuations due to weather, regional restrictions, etc. are beyond our control. Hence, diesel charges for genset operation will need to be paid by the guests at actuals. The genset needs to be switched off for 30 mins, after every two hours of usage, to avoid a breakdown.

    About the Locality:
    • This vacation villa in Alibaug allows you to truly disconnect from the outside world and relax in the lap of nature whilst listening to the euphonious melodies of Mother Nature. 
    • Feel the adventure of living in a forest by trekking down to the nearby lake, which is only accessible to the locals of village Bhal. On special request, we can assign a local guide from the village to ensure you don’t get lost along the way. 
    • The Thal Beach is situated at a distance of 2 kilometres. Drive down to chase an amazing sunset or enjoy a cosy bonfire while counting stars.

    Cancellation Policy


    Sleeping Arrangements

    2 x Double bed
    1 x Double bed
    1 x Double bed
    1 x Double bed
    Additional mattresses available

    Reviews

    4.7 (44)


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    Suniti (4)
    25 May 2022

    Good property, very good staff and excellent food! Had some issues with the power/generator backup on and off, but a very refreshing stay overall


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    Bhushan (5)
    18 May 2022

    Too well maintained place and very peaceful stay


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    Mansi (5)
    14 Apr 2022

    Very beautiful place


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    Gaurav (4)
    12 Apr 2022

    The lounge/common area was smelling and the sofas were filthy. AC in the lounge was also not working and the standing AC sent as replacement was also not cooling at all. Additionally there was not even enough seating in the lounge for 6 people, considering there are 4 bedrooms the lounge should seat at least 8 people comfortably. The pool had a layer of white fungus on top of it.


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    Meeta (4.5)
    05 Apr 2022

    Staff. Wet courteous and food was awesome. AC’s not working well and we were not allowed to use living room AC at all, which made our stay little difficult due to summer times. Housekeeping was also not done daily.


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    Taiyab (4.5)
    26 Mar 2022

    Nice place for a private get away .. a swing in the area may help


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    Khushboo (4.3)
    20 Mar 2022

    Beautiful property


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    Omkar (4.8)
    07 Feb 2022

    Amazing weekend at the Forest! We had a lot of fun and we’re able to enjoy a good break from our daily grind. The staff is really helpful and friendly! Enjoyed the food a lot as well. Specifically the bhakri for dinner and the pakodas in the afternoon


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    AMOL (3.8)
    30 Jan 2022

    Very good stay. Very courteous care takers. Well maintained property. All spaces were very comfortable and quality of materials used is very nice. Good for family gathering and the cute little pools was amazing


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    Priyam (5)
    03 Jan 2022

    It was a fabulous stay indeed. The property is indeed surrounded by nature . Stay here feels refreshing. The staff - Dinesh Mhatre and family take superb care of us and fed us awesome meals of our choice. It was a memorable new year for us. Thank you Saffron Stays ! You always deliver the best.


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    Shoaib (5)
    01 Jan 2022

    Hosts Divya and Dinesh took very good care of us. Divya is an excellent cook, all meals were delicious. Kids enjoyed the pool thoroughly. Overall an excellent experience at the property


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    Sarosh B. (5)
    30 Dec 2021

    A big thank you to Divya and Dinesh for the enjoyable stay we had at The Forest. They went out of their way to ensure that everything was perfect for us. The rooms and the entire villa were well maintained and spotlessly clean. It was also very thoughtful to have a lot of sports equipment, board games and books for recreation. We made the most of it. A couple of points that we felt could be improved; a. The directions given by SaffronStays were inaccurate and made us go in circles. I am sure you'll could do better by leading us from the Step Inn bar to reaching Sadhana Dairy and taking a left turn from there. There could also be a few boards of The Forest placed enroute from the time we take a turn from the dairy. b. The kitchen is a bit too distant from the dining area to allow seamless service during meals. These are just some points for improvement. All in all we had a great time. Thank you! Vaibhav from the bookings team was also of immense help. He went out of his way to share various options and helped us shortlist this one. Greatly appreciated, Vaibhav!


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    Heetika (5)
    19 Dec 2021

    We absolutely loved our stay at the Forest. The property was so clean and the help Divya & Dinesh were so helpful. The food that Divya made was delicious. Overall it was great and we're already planning our next trip at the Forest soon.


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    Rahul (4.5)
    10 Dec 2021

    Clean and Hygienic. Food taste and quality is really amazing!!


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    Shukti (4.8)
    29 Nov 2021

    This is a nice cozy place. The hospitality of the staff and the meals were outstanding. They also recommended a smal trek that led up to a pond at the top of hill which was a fun and unique experience!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Shukti, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We're happy to know about your pleasant stay with us and that you enjoyed it. We look forward to hosting you again!


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    Meher (5)
    27 Nov 2021

    They were good

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Meher, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We look forward to hosting you again!


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    Karan (4.8)
    08 Nov 2021

    Air conditioner not working of the living room which was a bit troublesome but overall a good stay with very helpfull and cooperative staff

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Karan, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. We have escalated the issue to the relevant team and are actively looking into it.


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    Sweta (5)
    01 Nov 2021

    Had a superb stay . Loved the place . Caretakers are awesome

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Sweta, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to hosting you again.


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    Sucheta (3.8)
    15 Sep 2021

    Nice place but no hot water Small cockroaches unfinished rooms inconvenient dinner table tv very few channels someone should be there at night as this is a quite a secluded property


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    Tanvi (5)
    05 Sep 2021

    Very happy with the staff, specifically dinesh and divya. Courteous, helpful, and great home-cooked food. Don't feel the same about saffron stays. Unjustified amount for the stay, meals separately charged, pet fee separately charged (which wasn't communicated to us), 20k deposit what for? Unjustified. Deserving of praise are the staff who works hard to make the place comfortable for guests.


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    Vivek (4.8)
    14 Sep 2021

    Excellent place, we really enjoyed the hospitality & our vacation. Specially coaprative staff Dinesh & his wife.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Vivek, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to host you again.


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    Krunal (4.5)
    30 Aug 2021

    Villa: Villa is similar to what is depicted in pictures. Rooms are bit small. Location: it is difficult to find property on map. However Care taker dinesh came to main road to pick us up.It is better to call him at main road then exploring insides of village 30 mins simple Hike to mountain close by villa offers breath taking view of whole alibaug.Special thanks to Dinesh for leading us there Meals : options are limited for veg but food is delicious. Divya took special care for all our meals..special thanks to Divya for making us feel home away from home Saffron stay staff: Prathamesh ,ensured we have smooth check in and check out... Safety: As property is foot of mountains surrounded by forest, there are lot of insects..adviceable to stay indoor after sunset. Pool doest have railing, families with kids running around need to be careful with kids accidently tripping in the pool Roads : roads leading to village last 1.5 km is bad ,not adviceable for pregnant female ( however she can walk it up to the property) or car with low ground clearance.


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    Krupa (5)
    22 Aug 2021

    Loved the place. Staff was excellent. Took very good care. Food was very tasty. Its a nice place. In the midst of nature. Peaceful.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Krupa, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to hosting you again.


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    Dhvani (4.8)
    22 Aug 2021

    Prathmesh helped coordinate everything well along with caretaker Dinesh and his wife

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Dhvani, Thank you for this review. Visit us again, cannot wait to host you. :)


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    Priti (5)
    17 Aug 2021

    We stayed here for two nights and it was a very pleasant stay. The weather was really good and all the rooms were clean and tidy except for a few small issues which were immediately rectified by the caretaker Dinesh. He and his wife took utmost care of us and ensured everything went smoothly. The meals were also quite good. Special mention to Prathamesh for a transparent communication. Hope to visit some time soon again!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Priti, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Please book with us sometime soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    Narendra (5)
    04 Aug 2021

    Lovely hotel in an excellent location. Rooms are spotless & cleaned daily, breakfast is plentiful. Staff are very helpful .

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Narendra, Thank you for this happy review. Visit us again, cannot wait to host you. :)


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    Yash (4)
    04 Aug 2021

    We had a relatively comfortable stay. The villa is surrounded by lush greenery, which helps disconnect from city life. The only downside to location is that it’s quite interior with no proper roads. So traveling by sedan is not preferable. The house itself was nice and clean, and we enjoyed the pool and the games provided. The main hiccup was the meals since the cook and caretaker had to leave due to some personal emergency. However Prathmesh helped coordinate meals from outside and the refund of amount paid for Saffronstays meals. Overall it’s a nice retreat for a weekend.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Yash, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. The roads are now in good condition, thank you for your kind cooperation. Looking forward to hosting you again :)


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    Ronit (5)
    27 Jul 2021

    A perfect place for a getaway. The caretakers Dinesh and Prathamesh are very welcoming and warm. We had an amazing time at The Forest. Thank you!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Ronit, Thank you for taking your time to review us. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Please book with us some time soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    Rohan (5)
    25 Jul 2021

    The care takers Pratmrsh, Dinesh and Divya we very good and catered to all our needs.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Rohan, So glad that you loved your stay with us. Visit us soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    Samir (5)
    26 Jul 2021

    Awesome place, good hygiene and perfect service from Saffronstays, especially their caretakers Dinesh& Prathamesh! I would highly recommend the place!!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Samir, Thank you for this happy review. Visit us again, cannot wait to host you. :)


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    Murari (4.5)
    20 Jul 2021

    Everything excellent

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Murari, Thank you for your review. :)


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    Rushin (3.8)
    06 Jul 2021

    The property was exactly how the pictures showed it to be. Very nice and quaint. The pool was excellent and the garden was nice as well. It is a new construction. The negatives were:- 1) The approach road was very bad, our cars almost could not make it (no warning was given for this) 2) The Beds are too small for 2 adults even. 3) The tiles around the swimming pool are very slippery and hence without the Mat you are bound to fall. 4) There was a very bad smell in the common room which did not leave us till the end of our stay and the staff could not do anything about it. Otherwise the holiday was excellent. PS: Saffronstays should inform about deposit cash well in advance as most of us don’t carry cash anymore.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Rushin, Thank you for this feedback. We're looking into your review immediately.


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    Amey (5)
    01 Jul 2021

    The stay was very pleasant. Care takers were really caring and took utmost care of all our needs. Arihant was also very helpful in guiding us to the property. Well kept property. Food was very tasty. Very good place for getting the furry friends. Keep up the good work

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Guest were very cooperative & Polite. Thank you for choosing The Forest 🌳 for staycation.


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    Kunal (4.8)
    30 Mar 2021

    Overall the villa is quite nicely done and the care takers are both lovely people. The food was good. Some of the issues we faced were as below: 1. Villa is difficult to find through google maps- this is manageable so not much of an issue 2. Lot of volatge fluctuations, the ac in one of the rooms was not working properly on 1st day and the ac in the hall was not working properly on the 2nd day. A technician had to come to repair the same. Given the temp. Were touching 40c and the price we paid for villa, this was unacceptable. 3. The wifi stopped working from late night on 2nd day, dont know if it was a one of issue - with poor mobile network, wifi is needed 4. Some days meals were inadequate, when you are paying a good amount for it, you would not want shortage of good food. 5. Barbeque was not up to the mark. Snacks were burnt and not worth the price charged.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Kunal, We apologise for the inconvenience caused. Please be rest assured that we've taken care of this and our team is working on it.


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    Niraj (4.8)
    21 Mar 2021

    Very good property, well maintained and clean. Helpful staff

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Niraj, Thank you for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. :)


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    Himanshu (4.8)
    21 Mar 2021

    We had a great stay ..Rooms were clean and so the whole place..Place had a positive vibe and a must visit once..

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Himanshu, Thank you for this lovely feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Book with us some time soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    ARUN (5)
    15 Mar 2021

    The stay was very comfortable and we had a great time with our family

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Arun, Thank you for this review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us


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    Anurag (4.3)
    06 Mar 2021

    Keep up the good show!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Anurag, Thank you for your review. :)


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    Dhvani (5)
    13 Mar 2021

    Hey, our stay at the forest villa was very good, but the network there is very bad and the wifi is not strong enough. The caretakers are very nice and they make you feel homely . The cleanliness and other arrangements are excellent . The food prepared by the caretakers is very tasty and homely . The only problem is navigating to the villa can be tough and it’s not easily accessible. But overall the stay was very nice.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Dhvani, Since the location of the home is such, mobile network tends to get patchy. We've worked on the WiFi speed too. Thank you for this constructive feedback. Book with us some time soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    Bhoomika (5)
    20 Feb 2021

    Wonderful place to stay. Away from the crowd... inside a forest type area...it's the last plot on the road. The approach is a khacha road but beautiful. Fields nearby & trek to the lake on the hill top added to the experience. Would definitely recommend!!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Bhoomika, Thank you for you review. Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Visit us soon. :)


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    Nauzad Behram (4.5)
    14 Feb 2021

    The property is neat, but access road to locate is difficult.Google GPS for property is incorrect. The rooms are clean but small. The room with twin beds is good for family of 4. The linen and towels provided were clean and overall hygiene was great. Meals were fulfilling and quantity was awesome..both veg & non veg options and they even provide local delicacies. The caretaker family is extremely helpful..they grow their own vegetables so you can even buy some. If going with kids..the overall feel of farm nearby is something they will enjoy

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Nauzad, Thank you for this review. We've fixed the GPS and are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Book with us again, cannot wait to host you. :)


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    SANJEEV (4.3)
    10 Feb 2021

    Schedule cleaning of rooms every morning with change of toiletaries should be done. Call bell/alarm should be placed to call the staff

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Sanjeev, Thank you for this feedback. We've informed this to the relevant team.


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    Resham (4.8)
    01 Feb 2021

    Just had a wonderful 2 nights at 'The Forest' with family. Considering it was our first outing post the lockdown, we were really looking forward to the break, but were also apprehensive about the sanitization and cleanliness. To our surprise and joy, the place was more than we had asked for. Divya and Dinesh had kept the villa spotless and sanitized before we arrived. The serene surroundings, the no noise experience amongst the calm nature, the hot, local food served by them with a smile, it was simply amazing! Would recommend this place to anyone travelling to Alibaug and wanting a private getaway amidst nature away from the crowds! Would only suggest them to learn a little more variety of cuisine so theres more choice for everyone!

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Resham, Thank you for this happy review. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Book with us soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    Aditya (4.8)
    18 Jan 2021

    Nice experience. Feedback added in private

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Aditya, Thank you for your feedback. :)


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    Milan (5)
    04 Jan 2021

    Founder and CEO, Goals 101

    My family and I had a super holiday at The Forest, Alibaug. Quaint Villa and serene environment, added with super hospitality and local delicacies dished out by Dinesh & Divya, the two caretakers at the property. Served us through out with a smile and warmth. Great experience. Thanks a ton team Saffron Stays for a memorable holiday.

    SaffronStays Care Team

    Hi Milan, Thank you for this review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Please book with us some time soon, cannot wait to host you again. :)


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    You will have to pay a refundable security deposit of 5,000 per room