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Tall cathedral ceilings and larger-than-life hanging lanterns lend Villa Amber a sense of grandeur. With the living room's walls made almost entirely of glass, the house is flooded with natural light, making it difficult to choose whether you wish to spend your day outdoors by the pool or in the air-conditioned living room. Classy furnishings, striking wall décor and stone flooring transport you to a world of style and leisure.
The spacious four-bedroom home provides a comfortable space for you and your family to connect away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The rooms all open up onto the pool terrace or garden, bringing the outdoors in. Lounge with your favourite book under the bougainvillaea covered pergola while being looked after by the friendly and helpful staff and allow yourself to sink into a dream-like state of contentment.
Dine at the eight-seater dining table, lounge by the languid pool or find your space at the rooftop lounge. At Villa Amber, there’s room for everyone. Located in the hamlet of Sathirje, Alibaug, this gorgeous villa offers a spectacular view of the scenic mountainside and a tranquil oasis to retreat into.
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A short boat or ferry ride away from Mumbai’s iconic Gateway of India, Alibaug is a coastal town in India’s Maharashtra state, best known as a celebrity getaway. The landscape is a mix of uncrowded beaches, coconut groves, forested hills and village settlements. Once a sleepy semi-rural town, Alibaug has bloomed into a destination for the swish set, with cultural offerings such as art galleries and museums, eclectic dining and boutique shops. From November to March, the town comes alive with music festivals, pop-up entertainment, and gourmet experiences that can be enjoyed by visitors. The weather is pleasant, and you can stroll along Kihim Beach to catch an epic sunset or explore a historic fort. The Ro-Ro (roll-on roll-off) car ferry makes the destination extremely accessible for travellers.More information for Things to do
Your Guest Relations Manager and staff hail from the area around and know Alibaug inside-out. They will be happy to share recommendations for everything, from coastal Malvani seafood joints to in-villa catering and even art shows. Do ask them about winter events, local sightseeing or even what typical village life is like. A car and driver can be hired for the day (on extra charge) or shorter periods, as required. Here’s what you can do while visiting Alibaug:
- Alibaug’s main town is 45 minutes from Mandwa Jetty and nearby is Alibaug Beach, where crowds descend every evening. Bedecked camels and horse-drawn carriages cart tourists on joyrides against the pink and vermilion sky. The 17th-century Kolaba Fort is an enjoyable kilometre-long walk into the sea and fascinating to explore, as it played an important role in the region’s history.
- If you want to sample the fiery Gomantak cuisine this coast is famous for, head to the humble Sanman Restaurant, which serves finger-licking dishes such as Pomfret Curry, Prawn Masala and Clams Sukha (dry). They are known for their thalis (a complete meal served on a large round plate with lentils, rice, bread, vegetables, poppadom, and curry) in chicken, fish, prawn and crab variants.
- Those looking for an epicurean experience should visit famous Mumbai restaurateur Gauri Devidayal’s farm located not too far from Mandwa Jetty, where you can sip on homegrown butterfly pea tea as you walk around the vegetable patches. Harvest winter vegetables, then watch expert chefs turn them into delicious salads, pasta and curries served family-style under a flaming orange gulmohar tree in the garden.
- The Guild by Shalini Sawhney, a south Mumbai art gallery that moved base to Alibaug a few years ago showcases artwork from known and emerging Indian artists and has a room full of vintage bric-a-brac. It hosts periodic previews and solo shows as well.
- Pinakin Patel is an architect credited for building some of the fanciest villas in Alibaug. He has now launched the Dashrath Patel Museum, dedicated to his late artist friend of the same name. The museum features Patel’s paintings, sculptures, and photography, as well as a cafe. Upstairs is Pinakin’s lifestyle store, which showcases minimalist attire, chinaware, cool artefacts, and more.
- Mandwa Jetty is home to Flamboyante, a seaside restaurant which turns into a thumping beach club on weekends. Nearby, you will also find Kiki’s Cafe, known for its pizzas and desserts (the owner Nitin Mongia also runs a catering company that delivers innovative, multi-cuisine food to your rental villa).
- If you’re in the mood to break a sweat, trek up the hills to Kankeshwar Temple, which has a big local following and affords spectacular views of the surrounding lush landscape. You can spot indigenous trees and birds as well as grazing cows on the way.
- Alibaug hosts an annual, groovy music festival (now called Goonj, formerly Nariyal Paani) every winter. It is held in Tala, towards the south of the town. A weekend of performances by Indian artists such as Peter Cat Recording Co. and Ditty, sunset high tea with a view, and bonfires at night await you at this fun-filled event.
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- Open-plan living room with vaulted ceilings that make the space bright and airy
- The charming and refreshing living area overlooks the private pool
- Dining area with an eight-seater dining table
- Reading corners aplenty
- Entertainment options include televisions, music players and board games
- Private pool surrounded by a deck with sun umbrellas and sun beds
- Wraparound verandahs with sofa seating
- Lawned gardens
- Terrace lounge
- Four bedrooms, three with king-size beds and one queen
- Ensuite bathrooms with tropical showers
- Natural ventilation, allowing guests to fully enjoy the evening breeze
- Reading desks and lounge chairs
- Vanity area in the bathroom
- Glass doors that lead onto the pool deck or lawned garden
The diversity of cuisine in India is unparalleled and no visit to one of our India villas is complete without sampling the delicious fare on offer. It is well-known that the best food in any country is homemade and cooked in the kitchens of the locals. At Elite Havens, we bring the experience of home dining to you, albeit in style. Relish local and international fare cooked to your taste by a private cook who will craft meals to delight you, day after day.
From breakfast until dinner, appetizers to desserts, dining promises to be a memorable affair at an elite haven. It is a common misconception that Indian food is spicy. Discover the myriad flavours of the various regions of this ancient country, cuisines that go far beyond Chicken Tikka Masala, and try age-old recipes passed from generation to generation. When you seek a bit of comfort, our cooks will be happy to revert back to international dishes of your preference. Come, indulge your senses in a way that only India can promise.View a sample menu
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