Does it happen to you that you get completely caught up in professional commitments and crazy workload that you totally forget that you have a life? Well, at least I do. I am a control freak and a self confessed workaholic. I need to know what is happening and the need to complete tasks before time is my obsession. Well, this nature sure has it's own disadvantages. After a point, I feel like I've just had enough and that I need a break. That thought in my mind that says, "I’ve had a crazy schedule since quite some months and I don’t know where I’m going or what I’m doing and I don't care. I’m just so tired that I just can’t take it anymore. ENOUGH! I need a break!!?" THAT.
I'm sure we all are so occupied with our fast paced life, work, projects, deadlines and everything materialistic that we tend to forget to give time to ourselves, spend quality time with our loved ones and most importantly, enjoy and cherish the little moments and a precious gift that is LIFE.
When something similar to this started happening with me a few months back, when my life became extremely monotonous, I decided to stop and take a much needed break. I was long searching for a location close to Mumbai where I could take some of my friends and just relax and unwind. Considering work commitments, we could take only a day or two off and hence thought of various options nearby like Lonavala, Alibaug, Gharapuri. We eventually zeroed down on Neral.
Quite a strange choice, you’d think but we wanted to explore something that we hadn’t explored already and Neral, my friends, did surprise us! We decided to go on a weekday to avoid traffic and crowd and zeroed in on a Wednesday. Mid week getaways for the win!!!
I still remember that Wednesday morning. My day began with a series of alarm calls starting at 4:00am, 4:10am, 4:15am and I woke up at 4:30am (Lets just admit we all LOVE those extra 5 minutes of sleep and snoozing our alarms is a necessity!!) I’m clearly not quite a morning person, you'd know! So I got ready for an eventful day ahead and left my house close to 5:45 am to meet my friends. We left for Neral from Mumbai around 6:00 am and Oh boy, how beautiful does the sky look early morning!?! I don’t know why I never ever travelled that early in the morning before. I just can’t wait to do another early morning trip especially for the view!!!
So, for those who don't know, Neral is a small town in Maharashtra and is 83 kilometers away from Mumbai and 42 kilometers away from Panvel. It’s basically a 2-2.5 hour drive away from the city. We reached Neral by 7:45 and checked into our den for the day- Discover Resorts.
Discover Resorts is located in the heart of Neral. Well, what do I tell you about this resort, It is this beautiful piece of land blessed with eternal beauty of nature and lush greenery everywhere! We started our day at this beautiful property with a fulfilling breakfast and headed out to explore the entire resort. Discover Resorts is a sprawling property spread across Neral with a great view to cherish. Well equipped with amenities, luxurious rooms, delicious food and warm staff is an addition to the whole experience.
In addition to this, Discover Resorts is a piece of haven in itself. It has many beautiful gardens where you can find rare flora, We even spotted caterpillars and chameleons and many pretty butterflies! 2 pools, a spa, a gaming zone, basketball court and a really well organised and dedicated library with a huge collection of books makes Discover condos an ideal place for a staycation.
I spent my whole day exploring different parts of this huge property, gorging on all the delicious dishes they had to offer, prepared by the locals, relaxing by the pool and obviously, clicking tons of pictures!
Two days at this beautiful property were so blissful that these days left me filled with a lot of positive energy to go back and beat the monotonous city life with increased vigour! Most of all, I realised how important such mini breaks are, for my own self and honestly, I can't wait to go back and unwind at Discover Condos again!