After a looong time we are back. Ganpati, Diwali festivities left us tired. So we went for a short 2day vacation to Alibaug. We were 3couples with my 1.5year old kiddo. So we were looking for someplace with proximity to the beach, away from crowds, food on call, a place to just chill no sight seeing, roaming around. So we shortlisted Alibaug, Kihim beach. My hubby's favourite website for hotel bookings: Booking.com showed us this homestay called The Mango Beach house. It is a part of a group of Hotels. Tripadvisor gave good reviews.
It is in the interior of Alibaug & the drive goes on & on through small dirt roads. So you can be confused if you are lost or will ever see the hotel. But thankfully you see it, a gate among fields and village houses.
The Main Attraction for us:
1) The beach was 5mins walking distance from the hotel
2) There was indoor swimming pool & bar.
3) Their spa was well recommended for.
What I loved more about the hotel:
1) Free Wifi available only around the pool, so no cooping in your room & working !
2) There were no phones, so if you need something get yourself out of the room or use your mobile phone.
3) There wasn't a Watch in sight, so just chill and stop thinking about time, work, tasks.
|Entrance to Mango Beach House|
|The dining cum Reception area|
|The rooms around the dining area|
|The rooms around the pool|
|The pool and bar.|
|The spa building|
The website says its design and layout is of Mediterranean style and with minimal changes to existing structures and trees. We liked it, spartan and clean. Good for our kid to run around with hurting himself or damaging something.
|A small porch for all rooms with these huge chairs|
|A clean, cozy room|
|A just vacated suite. Just a bigger room|
|And private balcony|
|Those lounge chairs were superb to recline on, listening to the birds and water.|
|Some recreational game of pool|
|A swing set and hammock to laze around|
|There were a couple of wells around this property. This one had a family of turtles, not seen in this pic|
|Our family chilling at the bar in the evening.|
|The dinning area. Everything bathed in warm colours to give a Mango & cheerful feel|
|The friendly staff and my kiddo who loved their food, so he is out checking if dinner is served|
|Bright lights around, so neednt worry if you are scared of creepy crawlies|
On the last day, I got up at 6am to catch the sunrise and some photography of the place.
|As promised 5mins to the beach|
|Kihim beach nothing else|
|I was late, the sun already up & shining|
|Sand/Wave roots? Work of waves on sand|
|Old village setting|
|Reminds me of our house at my native place|
|The hotel is converting such old houses around the property into rooms|
-Lots of mosquitoes, the place is surrounded by trees. The hotel staff takes efforts to put mosquito coils wherever possible, but do use Odomos or a repellent
-Take your own vehicle. If you have a driver, dont worry he will be well taken care by the hotel staff.
-If you want to go sightseeing, be prepared to travel. There is nothing around Kihim. The hotel gives a brochure with all the things you can do in Alibaug, but they are all far from Kihim beach.
Hope to do more such getaways to recharge ourselves. Hope you try The Mango Beach House soon.
Let us know your vacation stories.
Bye. Take care until next time.