Suite of the week: Tranquility becomes you at the Presidential Villa, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Pavana, India


Nothing refreshes a mundane life like some travel plans. The lockdown has taught us not to associate travel plans with just airports and destinations out of our country especially when they aren’t an option in the near future. Lucky that we live where we live and a haven like the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a short, drivable distance away from the bustling and chaotic Mumbai City; practically making rejuvenation our next-door neighbor. This wonderful, borderline magical property wins those adjectives by housing the world’s largest spa, ecologically designed luxurious villas, a restaurant that keeps good health on a pedestal and serves nothing but Ayurvedic food, all of which is directed towards holistic healing of the mind and body. Set in the heart of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, in a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site the Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa is a completely refreshing place that calms down the chaos of life with soothing and magnificent views of the picturesque Shillim valley and the Sahyadri mountain ranges. What also makes your stay memorable is the 550 sq.m modern and luxurious three-bedroom villa located at the highest point of the retreat and offering the best, most panoramic view of the Western Ghats. The best way to admire these views is spending some quality time on the private deck or by enjoying the private pool to rejuvenate your body as the mind takes in the splendid vistas around. We also like the fact that this presidential villa features a kitchenette to whip up a little something and enjoy it with a loved one or your child in the open private deck or by comfortably seating yourself in the separate living area.


The presidential villa is equipped with a separate bathtub and shower, a sprawling balcony, a 42-inch HDTV to satiate those Netflix cravings, a flexible work environment, and much more. Regular amenities like a fully stocked mini-bar, round-the-clock housekeeping services, internet access, and also Dharana Wellness Programmes (at extra charge) to explore the realms of mindfulness are part of this mesmerizing suite.

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Area: 550 sq.m.
Occupancy: 6 people
Rate: INR 150,000 onwards for 6 pax (nearly $2000 per night)
Where: Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, District Pune-410406, India
Phone: +91 2114 712 468