Posted on July 31, 2015: Mumbai-ites just got lucky when it comes to weekend getaways with your pets. The Weekend Plan, a website specialising in luxury villa rentals for weekend breaks, is going to save your holiday. You don’t need to choose between spending time with your beloved pet and spending some much needed time away from the big city.
The Weekend Plan has under its umbrella some of the most well-equipped and spacious villas keeping pet owners needs in mind. They strive to offer guests and their furry companions a comfortable stay with best amenities and management. When making a reservation at a pet-friendly villa, The Weekend Plan team also ensures assistance and provides information if one has specific pet related questions.
Considering the idea of vacation villas came to owner Satish Dodani when he was looking for pet friendly holiday options for his own pet, rest assured the villas will make your pet and you feel at home and safe. “More than a year ago, McKinsey alumni Satish and wife Vridhi Dodani took a much anticipated holiday with their family pet. While Lonavala in the rains was as breath taking as they'd hoped, when they returned home they weren't completely satisfied with the experience,” the website reveals on its About Us page, “Why? They spent the entire week wishing they had more space to spread out, more bedrooms to accommodate extended family and friends, a kitchen to prepare snacks and meals for the kids and more personalized local insights about the best things to see and do.”
Hence, The Weekend Plan was born in October 2013. This vacation villa rental portal with properties in Maharashtra and Goa, strives to connect people to a unique travel experience, at various prices. With a reputed customer service and an ever growing community of repeat guests, they make for perfect holiday homes. For second home owners, they are the ideal platform for owners to monetize their extra space and showcase it.
Here is a snap shot of the stand out pet friendly villas at The Weekend Plan:
Mi Casa, Lonavla: Lush green landscapes with cross-ventilated common areas and beautiful surroundings this 3-level villa has luxurious interiors, play pools, 4 spacious bedrooms and open terraces and will make a perfect getaway with your family and pets.
Al Mitra, Khapoli: In the midst of raw nature, the Villa Almitra is spread over a 2 acres, adjacent to a river. Encompassing a 4,000 sq.ft area, it has 4 bedrooms. Being surrounded by a 10 year old plantation of nearly 100 trees, this villa ensures complete and total privacy for your family getaway. The Estate is tucked away on the banks of the perennial river Amba, as it meanders through Raigadh, breathing life into its surroundings.
La Dolce Vita, Alibag: Built over two levels, this 2,000 sq.ft. spread, is located on an awe-inspiring 2 acre space with a massive swimming pool. Watch the sun rising and setting over the Indian Ocean from the exquisite outdoor living area, with its pavilions and lush gardens. And if you want to feel the warm waves lapping at your feet, just take the funicular down to the sandy beach with your furry friend. Garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, contemporary furnishings, high end Italian glamour and spiritual beauty is what Dolce Vita is all about!
Cinoco, Alibag: A 5 bedroom beautiful Greek house near Awas beach, set in 2.5 acres of lush lawns, sits on a plateau of outstanding natural beauty encompassing a very inviting swimming pool. The bedrooms open onto green areas / sit outs with high ceilings, fitted with large bathrooms and windows that overlook the pool. Outside, the covered loggia, with relaxed seating & dining areas, provides a wonderfully shady spot to sit in the heat of the day, and ample space and freedom for your pet to move about and play. This Mediterranean-style villa is perfect for a fun-filled family weekend.
Caramba, Panchgani: Beautifully decorated and uniquely designed 3 bedroom villa in Panchgani overlooking strawberry farms and the popular Table Land, Caramba is a very well designed and managed 2-level property. The villa features air conditioned bedrooms with large-sized double beds and aesthetically furnished interiors, each with private terraces besides the lounge in the upper level. A resident caretaker will assist you also with daily maid service which gives you ample time to spend with your pets and family.
The Purva Sky and Paschim Sky, Anjuna, Goa: Just minutes away from beautiful Anjuna / Vagator beaches and some of the best restaurants at Baga, Arpora and Vagator, The Purva Sky and Paschim Sky Villas are ideal for a getaway with family/ friends and make for a quiet and peaceful holiday. Villa Purva-Sky (4 bedroom) and Villa Paschim-Sky (5 bedroom) occupy neighbouring plots separated by a large empty plot, they are both self-sufficient with private swimming pool and private gardens themselves. The villas are captivating especially surrounded by beautiful paddy fields, and you can treat your eyes to stunning sunset/sunrise views. High ceilings, large windows and big porches where you can enjoy the cool breeze, captures the essence of Goa and share some bonding time with your pet.
Photographs courtesy The Weekend Plan.