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Weekend Away at Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug | Weekend Away Near Mumbai and Pune

Stone’s throw away from Mumbai, Alibaug is the ideal place to go to when you wish to get some beach time. It’s like a mini Goa right in your backyard. On my recent trip to Alibaug though, I gave beaches a miss and spent all my time pampering myself.
I went to Radisson Blu Resort and Spa in Alibaug. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend away and this was an ideal place. The place is around a three hour drive away from Mumbai and every aspect of the place speaks ‘Luxury’.
We had opted for a Lake View Villa, which had a gorgeous view of the lake, a spacious living area along and upstairs was the bedroom and the bathroom with a bathtub. The Villas are right opposite the pool so every morning you could just get out of the room and get into the pool. The pool is huge and dominates the resort. I noticed that there are rooms which are attached to the pool, so you don’t even have to get out of your room, you can just dive into the pool from your room itself!
Most of the other rooms have been designed in such a way that they all have their unique features and view. You won’t be disappointed with your room.
The place is calm and relaxing, I didn’t even think once of getting out of the resort, there was so much to do right there!
They have a gym, library, outdoor sports area, indoor sports area, discotheque, piano lounge etc.
We reached here on Saturday evening, after checking into our room and relaxing for a bit we headed out for a walk. I noticed that they have religious place of worship as well in the resort. After the walk, we headed for dinner. They have buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aparanta. The spread was nice and had a lot of options; my favorite of course was the dessert counter. They also have a Jain section. The dishes change every day so you have tons of options and variety each day.

We spent most of our day 2 in the pool, it can get a little hot in the afternoon and thus I scheduled a spa appointment at that time. I also tried my hand at Lawn Tennis but didn’t do very well at that. They provide you with all the supplies you need for the game so you don’t have to carry anything with you. They also rent you a bicycle if you are into biking.
For the spa, I opted for a full body orange and lemon scrub and a full body deep tissue massage. The massage rooms are spacious and calming. The minute you step into the massage zone, the calming music and the aroma will you at ease. The scrub and the massage, both, were relaxing and I didn’t want it to stop. The masseuse applied the right pressure to help me with my stiff back and knots.
For dinner, we decided to skip the buffet and head to Kokum and Spice.  The place specializes in sea food and serves only Malwani, Goan and Manglorean cuisine.
We opted for a Malwani Bombil starter and Goan Vindaloo with Manglorean Neer Dosa, a little bit from every cuisine you see. The food didn’t disappoint us.  The vibe of the restaurant is also very calm and quiet and will be perfect for a dinner date or if you are celebrating something special.
In the piano lounge, they play piano live every evening. You can choose to chill here with a few cocktails. Above the piano lounge is a cozy little discotheque.  Perfect isn’t it? Piano, cocktails and then dancing.

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We headed back to the room after that. The check-out time is 12.30 pm, giving you enough time to pack your bags, have a nice breakfast and then head home. Which is exactly what we did.
The stay here was perfect and I look forward to going here again. It can be perfect you want a few days away from work and the hectic city life. The fact that the resort itself has so much to offer helped as I didn’t get bored for a second, there was always something to look forward to.


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