An escape to Fazlani Natures Nest this December is what I needed to rejuvenate myself from Mumbai’s sultry weather all year. The lush greenery, the young orchards showing the first signs of life, the chipper ducks, the grumpy but cute turkeys, the calming horses, an exquisite Thai massage followed by a delicious meal….it was pure bliss!
Fazlani Natures Nest: First impression
Located in Takwe village, Fazlani Natures Nest has been designed to heal your body, mind, and soul. It is a wellness resort and spa with a difference and is one of the few resorts in India that offer equine therapy and duck therapy.
Everything at Fazlani Natures Nest is thoughtfully curated. From the refreshing cooler that is offered to you when you enter the resort, to the warm hospitality that the staff offers as they show you around the property.
Its vast expanse can be a little overwhelming initially. You are encouraged to go on long walks and revel in the silence or hop on to a bicycle and relive your carefree childhood days. When you get tired, a buggy is just a phone call away to drop you back to your simple but comfortable rooms.
Eating involves all our five senses and I believe that ambiance plays an important role in our appetites. The Hive overlooks the farm from where they will source all their ingredients in the future. Specialized menus are created for those who are undergoing any wellness therapies in consultation with a dietician. You are welcome to choose from the wide array of dishes on their menu.
I enjoyed a delicious quinoa salad, vegetable pulao, crispy okra and some dal for lunch. The fact that I did not bother to click any photographs is a testament to the fact that the food was so delicious that I couldn’t help but eat.
Farm to Fork
The Ahara Farms that grow everything from chinese cabbage to bananas, is where most of the ingredients for the delicious meals that are served to you are sourced from. The farm is still young, just like the resort but will soon bloom with fresh herbs and organic fruits and vegetables.
Offering an amalgamation of Ayurveda and Naturopathy, Amarin Spa specializes in a range of traditional and modern treatments. Nutritionist, fitness guides, doctors, therapists and physiotherapists all come together to offer you the best experience. They help you work towards your health goals and offer a holistic treatment customized to your needs.
I began my wellness treatment by walking on sand, followed by walking on pebbles and water and ended it with by walking on pebbles. Each of these surfaces simulates certain points in your feet which in turn relaxes your body.
I followed this with inversion therapy that mimics the position of a shirshasana. I ended my wellness hour with a Thai foot massage.
Ducks and Turkeys
An hour of relaxation was followed by a fun and rigorous workout of chasing ducks and trying to escape the grumpy turkeys. Isn’t running behind ducks the best way to begin an exercise routine?
Equine Therapy or Horse Therapy involves interaction between an individual and a horse.Taking this therapy a step further, Fazlani Natures Nest has trained the horses to run on the grounds. It is believed that watching horses race against each other calms your senses and is considered to beneficial for individuals with high blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases.
Fazlani Natures Nest takes care of its horses even after they are officially retired from work. I definitely appreciate this initiative of theirs.
Bliss and Serene: Your home away from home
250 square feet rooms furnished with basic amenities; Bliss and Serene are designed for your comfort. The rooms while offering all the facilities, are not very luxurious because at Fazlani Natures Nest, guests should spend time outdoors than indoors.
Each villa comprises of 8 rooms in all and it overlooks a beautiful garden with an outdoor seating area.
As the sun set over the Machan, I couldn’t help but think that Fazlani Natures Nest is a resort with a heart. A heart that is brimming with warm hospitality, environmental consciousness, respect for animals and love for all the guests.
It was difficult to bid goodbye Fazlani Natures Nest and the escape it offered to city dwellers like me.