Guests headed to India have a new option: Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa in Western India just celebrated its grand opening, marking Le Méridien's first resort and ninth property in the country.
In the scenic Western Ghats, the resort is a few hours’ drive from Mumbai and Pune.
The resort has 122 guestrooms and suites, all with private balconies that offer expansive views of the surrounding natural scenery. Each room features the brand’s signature amenities and destination-inspired "moments of discovery." The lobby, dubbed "Le Méridien Hub," is billed as a social gathering place with a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, illy coffee and sparkling cocktails.
In terms of culinary experiences, the resort offers Latest Recipe, an interactive all day dining restaurant, which serves a mix of international, Asian and local cuisine. Chingari, the Indian specialty restaurant, focuses on the food of Northern India. The pool-side restaurant, Plunge Bar, serves canapés, blends and spirits, while Longitude 73 is said to act as a casual coffee house during the day and more of a social scene in the evening.
Elsewhere in the resort, the Explore Spa by Le Méridien offers eight treatment rooms, including a hammam bath treatment room and a vichy shower treatment room. There is also a fitness center and two swimming pools, one lagoon style and one a rooftop infinity pool.
Additionally, Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar offers Le Méridien FamilyKids Club with programming for travelers with children. As part of the brand’s global partnership with LEGO, children up to the age of 12 will also receive a complimentary LEGO Welcome Amenity to enjoy during their stay and take home as a keepsake from their travels.
The resort also provides access to the surrounding hill town, including a curated visit, courtesy of the brand’s UNLOCK ART programme, to the Devrai Art Village and the 5,000 year old Krishna Devi temple, using the room’s key card for access. In addition, guests can experience strawberry picking at a farm and return to cook with the chef at the hotel.