Once in a while, everyone wants to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city life seeking a resort amidst peace and tranquility. A weekend spent lazing around nature which breathes of invigorating aura is great to start a new week ahead. If you are planning to visit Mumbai for a longer duration you may want to plan a getaway and spend some time in this resort amidst plenitude of nature. We were looking for a place to spend a relaxed weekend. And we stumbled upon ‘Mati – The Village’ property. We loved the concept which emphasized on rustic atmosphere and booked it for the weekend.
Mati resort is located in Majivali village in the town of Vasai in the Maharashtra state of India. Mati being around 90 minutes drive from our place in central Mumbai we started by late morning with a plan to reach on lunch. The sun was scorching hot and exhausting. We were keen on reaching the location sooner. The host was very helpful and provided with road directions on phone ensuring that we were on right route. When we were close to the landmark the host sent the caretaker who guided us to the property.
As soon as you enter the property the soothing aura and the vibrant colors take over the enervation. The village-like ambiance and abundance of open space covered with a green lawn re-energize.
The property has enough space to park 4 to 5 cars.
Our host welcomed us and showed us around the property and escorted us towards the terrace where the lunch was ready.
The traditional Maharashtrian style food was prepared by the caretaker’s wife. The food served on plates and bowls made of mud blends very well with the village concept of the property.
The food includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options with breakfast, lunch and dinner servings. The host joined us for lunch and explained us the concept of the property and surrounding attractions which made us feel at home.
Property and Concept
Mati in the Hindi language is Mud. The basic concept of the property is a rural ambiance. The property includes 2 AC rooms, 3 village style huts and a terrace with tables for food serving.
AC Rooms – The rooms are spacious with big bathrooms. The rooms have thatched roofs and concrete floorings. The woven bamboo sheets on ceilings help keep the room cool.
Non-AC Huts – The huts are handmade by local artisans with a rural touch. The thatched roofs have woven bamboo sheets on ceilings. The floors are smeared with cow dung typically found in Indian villages aiding in a cooling effect.
Entertainment Room – The property also has a common room equipped with television, refrigerator, sofas and 3 beds to accommodate a complete group.
Dining Area – A terrace area above the caretaker’s house has a dining area with tables and chairs with a beautiful view of mountains and the countryside.
The property also has a swimming pool, open gym and a couple of hammocks great for some laid back experience.
While the host is available to welcome and show you around the property. The caretakers are always on the toe to help you with anything you need during your stay.
At break of dusk, the property turns magical with lights lit and overwhelming serenity with the place all to yourself. After dinner, we lied down on the hammock with a cup of special Eucalyptus flavored black tea taking in the cool calm breeze. We wondered how long had it been since we lied down under the open sky gazing at the stars away from the concrete apartments and skyscrapers.
We woke up to the cock crowing at the daybreak. The morning was a different experience with the mist covered grass and the red ball of the sun rising through the countryside bushes and banana plantations.
We had another cup of black tea and headed back home.
The resort can accommodate around 15 to 20 people and is ideal for groups looking for any kind of get together, party, events or celebrations. The property is located in a secluded surrounding where you can plan for unlimited fun and party. One can book the property with a lump sum payment for larger groups and on a per person basis for a smaller group of fewer than 8 people.
The property is fairly new and the enthusiastic and amicable host loves taking suggestions and will help you with all the arrangements and requirements for a great stay.
Near By Attractions
Great Escape Waterpark – A theme park with water games and slides for around 3000 people. Check details here.
Vajreshwari Yogini Devi Mandir – An 18th-century temple dedicated to the goddess Vajreshwari.
Hot Springs – The interior of the village of Vajreshwari has a couple of hot water springs called ‘Akaloli Kund’.
How to Reach
Public Transport: The nearest station is Virar. From here one can take a public bus to Parol and then take an auto to the property. If it’s a group the host can arrange for a pickup on request.
By Car: Follow Eastern Express Highway and NH48 to Vajreshwari Rd in Shirsad. Drive past the Great Escape Waterpark and take a left at Amit Diary.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a small get together venue then ‘Mati – The Village’ is an ideal choice. You can book the property with Heybnb.
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