“Now more than ever do I realise that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt
It had been more than two years since I started working full-time and with that followed the usual monotonous sedentary lifestyle. The lure of being financially independent and being an adult only lasts for a while, till it hits you how things which we took for granted as kids are actually hard to come by as adults. For instance, a vacation.
So when Food Bloggers Association, India, invited me for a two night-three days #FBAICheckIn at Aamby Valley City in Lonavala, I couldn’t refuse it.
The weather was perfect for this vacation as The Sahyadris come alive during the monsoon and are a sight to behold as you’re surrounded with greenery and waterfalls with occasional drizzling rain.
Our scenic journey began from Hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai, and by the time we reached our destination it was nearing lunch time. After checking in to our private Australian chalets and freshening up, we headed for a buffet lunch at their restaurant – Woodpecker.
Over the span of two days we dined at Namak (Indian themed restaurant), Mabrooq (Lebanese themed restaurant) and Manuhar (Rajasthani thaali restaurant).
The sweet people of Aamby Valley had lined up a series of activities for us – from the property tour, to water sports, adventure sports and what not! The brave ones among us (basically everyone, except me) tried all those daring activities while I obviously automatically turned into the photography incharge! (This, by the way, led to a fun video of the whole trip, which you can view at the end of this piece)
Though we were in a group, there was thankfully ample amount of time for us to indulge in some ‘me-time’ too and the weather only made it better. While most from the group took on some daring stunts during the adventure sports, I chose to stay back in my room (of course!) and explore the property in my own way.
The first thing that I did was to catch up on some well deserved siesta and then brewed myself a cuppa while it poured heavily outside. I also finally managed to finish reading a book I had started a few days back and trust me, for a voracious reader like me who cannot sleep in the night without reading a chapter or two of a book, it is a matter of personal shame to take more than 5-7 days to finish a book. But well, I mentioned something about ‘adulting’, didn’t I? I am still getting a hang of it.
Anyway, for a vacation like this I felt that it was only fair to capture those moments in a way that when I tell you, my readers, how fun this vacation was, you actually get to see it to believe it. Hence, I’d let the video do the talking here!
Where: Aamby Valley City, Lonavala, Maharashtra
Best time to visit: Between June to September
Must try: Watersports, adventure sports, musical fountain show, in-house restaurants and golfing
Book your stay here.
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