Enjoy 2022 Long Weekends At These Private Villas

Please tell us we aren’t the only ones to start planning for long weekends way ahead in time. Those year-ender lists get us all thinking about where to head next. If you’re like us, here’s a list of SaffronStays homes you can head to for the long weekends in 2022.  

1. Aurelia, Panchgani

Overlooking the spectacular Panchgani valley and Krishna river is this 3-bedroom private pet-friendly villa. Nestled in the Sahyadri hills, the spacious home filled with beautiful Balinese furniture and artefacts, is ideal for a large family or 2-3 small families. Spend the evening relaxing with your group or watch the sunrise over the valley from the sit-out area in the attached master bedroom. The double-height living room has a verandah that offers breathtaking views of the hills. Sip on some chai and unwind or get your workation moving with the complimentary WiFi!

Morning folks, get ready to be rewarded by views of some peacocks in the garden to start your day right! Chill in the garden gazebo while kids explore the fruit orchard. Sports lovers can hit the multipurpose court for a game of badminton, pickleball & more.

When: Makar Sankranti (Jan 14, Friday)

Best Thing To Do: Visit a strawberry farm and indulge in lots of fresh strawberries

2. Sky Abode, Panchgani

Just 1.5 kilometers from Panchgani market is SaffronStays Sky Abode, a spacious pet-friendly pool villa surrounded by greenery, overlooking breathtaking views of the hills and Panchgani valley. The villa has 7 bedrooms (with ensuite bathrooms) spread over three floors, which are fully furnished and packed with modern amenities. Cater to your cravings as you savour on some lip-smacking, home-fresh meals prepared by Prashant in the 8-seater dining space. There’s an outdoor barbeque space, an expansive lawn and a private plunge pool, all located within the premises. Tuck into local and Chinese delicacies or live barbecue, play a quick game of table tennis or carrom, catch up on work with free WiFi or sip on some chai and unwind to the views; there’s so much to do!

When: Republic Day (Jan 26, Wednesday)

Best Thing To Do: Add a leave here and there and include a visit to Table Land, Sydney Point, and Mapro Garden among other places. 

3. Villa Vino, Nashik

If your idea of an escape includes a quiet stay near a river and walking through a beautiful vineyard (with some wine, of course), then this 3-bedroom pet-friendly villa near Sula Vineyards is the place to be. With stunning views of the Godavari river, the massive lounge, movie projector, and indoor activities together make this villa scream ‘holiday’. Chill with your gang, as you gather in the bunker lounge built like a wine cellar. Enjoy scrumptious home-cooked Nashik-style meals or a BBQ night under the stars as you catch up on stories and more… If you’re the outdoorsy kind, there are various activities around the property to explore – boating, cycling and more.

When: Mahashivratri (Mar 1, Tuesday)

Best Thing To Do: Even as you enjoy the vineyard views here, go on a wine tour at the several vineyards located close to this home.

4. Grand Mansion Of Saipem Hills, Goa

Spend 2022’s holi long weekend here! Boasting 6 pristine bedrooms, SaffronStays Grand Mansion of Saipem Hills is an X Series estate located on the outskirts of Candolim. As you enter this villa that has an enticing Goan grace, you’ll be greeted by lush green views of the distant Saipem hills, the large swimming pool, and a deck/entertainment room from the other. The living area, along with all the other spaces at this luxurious vacation estate, is adorned with one-of-a-kind paintings, artifacts, and state-of-the-art furniture. Every element in this mansion speaks of opulence and grandeur. In case you need to work on-site, the WiFi connection in the living room and the common area comes to your rescue. Unwind on the larger-than-life deck or dive into the pool, or better yet, bring out your inner singer and have a fun karaoke night with your loved ones! 

When: Holi (Mar 18, Friday)

Best Thing To Do: The massive pool at the villa and beaches around will ensure you are celebrating the festival safely in the company of those you love.

5. Sereno By The Sea, Goa

A suave 7 BHK villa in Calangute, this hidden paradise coddled in nature with lush green trees has gorgeous open lawns and a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea. The villa can comfortably accommodate large groups and is just the perfect venue for milestone events and celebrations. Unwind and let go of your worries by soaking in the pool or lounging in the verandah. If you wish to brainstorm, research, or achieve your work goals, the inbuilt WiFi connection throughout the house will keep your work going. 

When: Ambedkar Jayanti and Good Friday (Apr 14 & 15, Thursday-Friday)

Best Thing To Do: The massive pool at the villa and beaches around will ensure you are celebrating the festival safely in the company of those you love.

6. Carpe Diem, Lonavala

Peace, serenity and relaxation are what await you as you drive to this 7-bedroom private villa in Lonavala surrounded by the magnificent Sahyadri mountains. Keep your worries and stress aside as you enter this beautiful villa with architecture reminiscent of heritage structures of the 1980s, and rooms with traditional antique furniture. The ground floor has a multipurpose room that can double up as a disco. Every room in this pool estate boasts a private balcony and the ground level opens up to a spacious verandah.

Foodies can enjoy a variety of local dishes served around the clock by the in-house chef. Savour his special vegetable and meat preparations in the open dining area on the ground level, or enjoy a hearty barbeque meal on the deck outside. The large, gorgeous pool is the highlight of this place, where you can take a few laps or play pool volleyball with your kids. You could also laze around the gazebo or enjoy a bonfire in the canopy by the lawn to set the perfect mood for the evening. Keep the kids busy and happily entertained in the special play area with hammocks and swings.

When: Eid-ul-Fitr (May 3, Tuesday) 

Best Thing To Do: Plan a summertime getaway with your extended family or close friends at this villa perfect for adults and kids alike. 

7. Belmonte, Karjat

Go on a countryside drive and plan a hillside staycation 2 hours from Mumbai at this 3-bedroom pet-friendly pool villa with a private jacuzzi. A waterfall with a Buddha statue and a green wall in the home are sure to give you all the holiday feels. The spacious living room is the perfect hangout spot for your group. Sit amidst the greens, get your chai fix as you unwind in the gazebo pool-side, and catch the surrounding views with birds and their chirping for company. Love sports? Challenge your fam to a game of badminton or cricket on the lawns. 

When: Muharram (Aug 8, Monday) 

Best Thing To Do: Karjat’s in its full glory during monsoons. Good time to make the most of the long weekend.

8. Kamalaya Villa, Goa

Located in the charming town of Assagao, SaffronStays Kamalaya Villa is a 3 BHK private villa in North Goa. Surrounded by a verdant lawn, take a splash in the infinity pool overlooking lush green views, or gaze over the tranquil fields for hours together! The villa also boasts a patio that overlooks the pool, open skies and fields. 

With strong WiFi, this space is ideal for workations (not to forget your ideal spot for long weekends in 2022). Head over to some of Goa’s most popular tourist beaches such as Anjuna, Vagator, Baga and Calangute, all less than a 20-minute drive away. 

Get together with your loved ones and indulge in a round of indoor board games. If you’re in the mood for a sweat, jump in for a quick workout at the gym situated inside the villa. Its simple yet classy ambience is just the perfect setting for an intimate getaway, a relaxing Goan vacation, or a memorable reunion.

When: Raksha Bandhan (Aug 11, Thursday); Independence Day (Aug 15, Monday)

Best Thing To Do: With the festivities on, it’s time to extend your trip and spend a good time in Goa during the off-season. This villa is perfect for a workation and celebrations.

9. Turquoise Maison, Karjat

Nestled in the arms of nature, this is a 3-bedroom pet-friendly, pool villa. A quiet family getaway, this gorgeous villa with stunning mountain views is right on the banks of Lake Kalote. With a fruit garden on the premises, whisk away your family and friends. Chill with your folks in the pool or hop on the swings in the play area to relive your childhood memories. The bonfire patio surrounded by hills with barbecue arrangements will make your pool-themed celebrations bigger and better. If you love the movies, rejoice as you catch up on a classic at the pool-side home theatre. A staircase leads one to the stream flowing behind the villa that offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Sit around and enjoy some perfect moments here. 

When: Janmashtami (Aug 19, Friday) 

Best Thing To Do: A quick drive from Mumbai and Pune, enjoy the blanket of greens here.

10. Adora Woods And Hills, Murud

Nestled in the quaint town of Murud, this one’s a 4-bedroom private pool villa for families and friends. As you drive through the gate, to your left is a huge lawn with a gazebo, perfect for relaxed evenings with your favourite people. On the right, is the main entrance with a patio. The star attraction of the home, however, is the terrace from where you can catch sunrises AND sunsets. Be it an after-dinner session of nostalgic chitter-chatter or a starry night, this spot is just perfect! Lush green, well-manicured lawns, the large swimming pool and the privacy of the home, makes this home ideal for celebrations. Relish finger-lickin’ good Alibaug-style home-fresh meals prepared by our in-home chef. Enjoy local, Indian and Chinese delicacies though we highly recommend the Seafood. 

When: Ganesh Chaturthi (Aug 31, Wednesday) 

Best Thing To Do: Apply for a 2-day leave and get closer to the quaint side of Alibaug, Murud as you enjoy some sumptuous food. 

11. Ambe Moha, Karjat

A stunning pool villa, uninterrupted privacy, nature in abundance and a mango farm! You can enjoy all this and more at this 2-bedroom pool villa. A great getaway for families, it is surrounded by acres of mango, chikoo and coconut trees; get ready for some fruit picking as you begin your digital detox at this rustic farmhouse nestled amidst the majestic Matheran range. The ‘open to the sky’ infinity pool here will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to take a dip in the wild. Sitting amidst the greens with a spacious lawn, get your chai fix and catch the surrounding views with birds and their sounds for company. Soak in the serenity of nature as you pick up a book from the library and laze around on the hammocks and swings. Plan picnics, intimate celebrations or celebrate milestones on the huge lawns or unwind in the gazebo while gorging on lip-smacking home fresh food – let the goss sesh begin! 

When: Diwali (Oct 24, Monday); Bhaubeej (Oct 26, Wednesday)

Best Thing To Do: The rustic vibes at this home are a perfect match for the festive season.

12. Forest Trails, Pawna

Overlooking the gorgeous greenery and valley, this 4-bedroom pet-friendly private pool villa in Pawna boasts an expansive lawn on multiple levels, an azure pool with loungers and a cosy verandah with the swing; find yourself spending hours here, soaking in the serenity! There are several spaces to celebrate special occasions – opt for the classic open verandah with a swing on the ground level or the open terrace where you can have a cosy barbeque set-up. Challenge your mates to a game of badminton and board games, practice yoga by the lawns, or let your furry pals run around the open spaces and bond with them in the outdoors. 

When: Guru Nanak Jayanti (Nov 8, Tuesday) 

Best Thing To Do: Kickstart the ‘nip in the air’ season at this villa and set the mood right for the holiday season. 

13. The Glass House, Panchgani

This one’s a charming glass room with cosy furnishings and french windows. A home where you’d want to make the 2022 long weekend a longer weekend!

Carefully built with contemporary designs and modern amenities, break away from the chaos and hustle with an easygoing, slow-paced life. Planning a getaway with your partner? Looking for something lowkey? The home is your place to be, as it fills you up with warmth and love! There’s also plenty of outdoor space – an orchard and an expansive lawn. Go on a fruit trail, practise yoga, play table tennis, enjoy a hot cuppa, and play cricket or badminton. 

When: Christmas Weekend (Dec 26, Monday) 

Best Thing To Do: While Christmas falls on a Sunday, there’s no reason why you can’t apply for an extra leave on Monday and spend an ideal glasshouse Christmas straight from the movies, here. 

14. Eternia Villa, Goa

A spacious 7 BHK private villa with an infinity pool, this one has a lawn and an infinity pool with a gorgeous sea view that takes your breath away. 

The aesthetic corners of this private homestay in Goa offer a serene vibe. Six of the 7 bedrooms have a breathtaking riverside view. Besides the infinity pool, the outdoor area boasts a lawn and a pool deck with a private shower area. The home is close to Coco and Candolim beaches and a 30-min drive from Panjim Market. 

When: NYE Weekend (Dec 31-Jan 1, Sunday-Monday) 

Best Thing To Do: Much like Christmas, NYE also falls on a Sunday this year. But if you are planning to have a Goan Christmas with your gang, this home is perfect. Catch the epic last sunset and the first sunrise views from the balconies here. 

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