This past weekend some work took me to Dapoli. I stayed at Aryawarta Holiday Village, a hotel with independent cottages.
The hotel is beautiful in spite of its simplicity, or maybe because of it since it has a homely feel to it. There are different bungalows with 2/3/4 BHK. While each bungalow is named after a flower; there are a few exceptions like Atharva. I stayed in Lily which is right at the start of the whole village.
Getting there: The roads leading up to the hotel are in terrible condition. The hotel should really take some measures for at least leveling the ground, if not making a proper tar/ cement road. While proper markers are found everywhere as soon as you draw near to Dapoli, the main hotel is remotely located. It is a 5 minute drive from Dapoli ST stand. Also, once you reach the hotel you will find a lot of space wasted where there could have been lawns & ornamental plants & flowers. The bare rocks & uneven ground just hurts the eye. So much of wasted opportunity.
Housekeeping: The housekeeping is excellent. Everything was spic & span when I arrived. The ACs worked, as did all the electrical points. The boiler provided hot water the next morning when the temperatures had dropped. The cottages also have electric kettles where you can make your own tea or coffee but there is no gas connection for cooking food. The toilets were clean which is always the most important thing in any hotel in my opinion. I just cannot stand a clogged/ without flush/ without tissues toilet.
Lily: The cottage has a nice homely feel to it. My room was sufficiently large. The kitchen opened into the living room. The bedroom had french windows opening onto a balcony. My only complaint was that there were no ceiling fans! They had mounted fans everywhere but nothing can replace a ceiling fan. It was too cold with the AC switched on & too stuffy without it since the fans were blowing air on the adjacent walls rather than me! 😦
Food: The food was eatable. I wouldn’t call it delicious or anything but it was well cooked & tasted OK. Only the morning tea is provided in the room. For all the other meals you have to come to the dining area to the buffet. There is no non – veg which might be a big negative for all the meat eaters. The food is included in the tariff.
The place is very peaceful & you are completely cut off from the constant din of the city. It was very rejuvenating to spend a day there & I would definitely love to visit the hotel again. It is worth every penny spent.
Aryawarta Holiday Inn:
Brahmanwadi, Taluka Dapoli
District – Ratnagiri,
PIN – 415712, Maharashtra, INDIA
Tel : 02358 – 280198,02358 – 283088, 07276728121, 9423989856, 9423987989