Where nature welcomes you with open arms

Amrita Prasad
Saturday, 2 February 2019

Fazlani Nature’s Nest, located in Takwe Taluka, Vadgaon, Maval will refresh and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul

If you are looking for a break from the chaos and monotony of the city life, and wish to immerse in the calmness of nature, Fazlani Nature’s Nest should be on the top of your list of places to visit during weekend. A wellness-cum-recreational hospitality destination, it is located along the backwaters of Andhra Dam and Indrayani river in Mawal taluka, in Takwe between Mumbai and Pune.  

Spread across 68 acres, Fazlani Nature’s Nest boasts of 13 villas, a grand dining space, a wellness centre and a  stable and sand track for horses to run and play. Each villa consists of eight rooms (220 sq ft each) — in two formats — king rooms and twin rooms. The villa is 2,136 sq ft in size.

The winding paved streets are a treat for cycling enthusiasts who would love to spend time exploring various activities that the resort has to offer. One of the highlights of the place is the machan. 

Fazlani Nature’s Nest lets guests engage in farming and pick up their own vegetables and fruits which they want the designated chefs to prepare, thus promoting the ‘farm to kitchen’ or ‘farm-to-fork’ concept. 

The moment you enter the resort, you are welcomed by azzan (call for prayer from a masjid) echoing everywhere. 

The resort has been designed to heal one’s mind, body and soul. So  apart from the organic food, a lot of space to walk and cycle around the property, a yoga and fitness centre, outdoor swimming pools, Ayurveda and Naturopathy treatment centres, it also has a spa called Amarine that offers different kinds of massages and therapies to relieve you of pain, ailments and stress.

When we were invited to visit the property, it seemed a little overwhelming in the beginning when we looked at the vast expanse of area on their website, but once we reached the property and explored it, it was hard to leave it. Fazlani Nature’s Nest offers golf cart services to its guests from one part of the resort to another, however, those who prefer to cycle around and discover things on their own, are free to do so. We loved the silence and peacefulness that the place offered, however we were also thrilled thinking about the things and activities that  waited to be explored by us in a day’s time.  

After a delicious breakfast at their multi-cuisine restaurant Hive, we were taken on a tour of the farm which had almost every kind of fruit, vegetable and flower that one could think of and is suitable to grow in this climate. It felt really nice roaming around in the farms, looking at some cherry tomatoes here, and lettuce and kale there. 

After a good hour-long tour of the farm in the sun, we decided to pamper ourselves at Amarine where every guest is welcomed with a cool detox aloe vera drink. The therapist gave us a peek into a few treatments and then suggested that I go for Thai foot massage. The masseuse had a magical touch — the massage gave us such a soothing feeling and took away all the pain and tiredness.  

Soon after this rejuvenating session, we were guided towards the next session — foot reflexology where we had to walk on difference surfaces —  pebbles, water, stone, and grass — to stimulate nerves of our soles. Other therapies offered here are physiotherapy, jacuzzi, naturopathy therapies such as hydrotherapy, acupuncture and acupressure, diet therapy, yogic kriya, yoga therapy. In Ayurvedic  treatments, therapies like Abhyanga, Potli, Udhwarthanam, Shiro Abhyanga, Padabhyanga etc should be tried.  

It was already 1 pm and our stomachs signaled that it was time to treat our taste buds with some delectable  dishes prepared by the chef at Hive. We were served Veg Shabnam Curry,  Corn Kurkure Patty,  Keep-Fit Salad glazed with lemon and honey, Bharleli Bhindi, Tandoori Roti and some Brown Onion Pulao. The food prepared with fresh ingredients in the most healthy manner was fingerlickling. They believe that healthy food should be tasty, hence even their wellness cuisine has delicious flavours.  

The highlight of the place is the equine therapy, also referred to as horse therapy, which is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. The resort has a Stallion Castle — horse castle that houses thorough bred horses from across the globe with a riding and training arena. We saw gorgeous horses racing on the tracks from the viewing deck and the experience was overwhelming. We managed to go for horse riding on Zaiba, the tallest female horse  at the resort. Guests from all over the country come to Fazlani Nature’s Nest to look at their horses, ride them, feed them, clean then and interact with them as it is known to cure many physical and mental ailments.  

The beauty of the lush greenery, and the orchards intensified at the sunset when chipper ducks, turkeys, swans and birds of different flocks sashayed the winding street inside. It was pure bliss! 
The evening ended with some hot tea and sandwiches. We returned home with great peace of mind.

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