We can’t decide which one was our most special moment counting the gleaming stars thickly carpeting the velvety night sky, waking up to the birdsong and braids of sunshine pouring into our room, walking barefoot on the lush dewy grass, enjoying a slice of peace and solitude far from the maddening crowds, or tucking in fresh, local, seasonal fare bringing in the best of the plant kingdom. All this and more made is the way of life at Song of Life County Villa Resort in Mulshi district, Maharashtra. 

Seven luxury villas nestle here. The colonial-style architecture, reminiscent of the generous Scottish countryside, with brick-coloured sloping roofs, white picket fence and crimson flowers nodding in the breeze, fringed by the indigenous natural bounty, find their way through our heart. Tucked deep into the foothills of the Western Ghats, close to the Mulshi lake, the collusion of white sandalwood, parijat, neem, cadamba… evergreen trees bring in the plush and the lush. The silence is broken by the chirping of our feathered friends, the occasional plop of the cadamba on the dewy grass, the faint tinkling of the bell on an odd buffalo grazing far away in the fields… this is a thickly wooded sanctuary that attracts native birds: droves of sparrows, the singing mynahs, squawking parrots and up to 84 species that can be spotted within 350 metres of the property. 

Shilpi Madan for Sunday Standard

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