Set on 11 acres of lush gardens, with an outdoor pool
Impressive sports facilities, including tennis courts, a cricket pitch, a jogging track and basketball courts
A 15-minute drive from Nashik city center and five minutes from the Pandav Caves
What To Know
Free WiFi for up to two devices
Less than a three-hour drive from Mumbai
Authentic North Indian cuisine served at Panchratna
Within easy reach of local vineyards
Parking on site
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Heritage hotel near Nashik’s best vineyards, with an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a buzzy bar
Set on 11 tree-studded acres of landscaped gardens, the Gateway Hotel Ambad Nashik is an elegant heritage-style retreat. The cream and terra-cotta exterior harks back to India’s golden age of marble-clad havelis, and the lobby strikes an opulent tone with polished floors, high vaulted ceilings and a glittering chandelier. The grounds feature impressive sports facilities, including a large, palm-fringed pool, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. The 70 guestrooms feature dark wood floors, indigenous artworks and chunky colonial-style furniture. The toffee and chocolate marble bathrooms are similarly swank, with oversize washbasins and walk-in rain showers. For extra space book one of the three Executive Suites; they come with large living rooms overlooking the pool. Sample Maharashtrian cuisine at Panchratna, then round off the evening with a gin-and-tonic at the buzzy Somras bar, open seven nights a week.
In the Area
Demand for Indian wine is rapidly increasing, but Sula Vineyards, just nine miles from the hotel, is one of the few vineyards set up to receive visitors. The 1,800-acre estate features a state-of-the-art tasting room, a top-notch restaurant and an open-air amphitheater for parties and special events. For a window on the region’s rich history, head to the Pandav Caves, a series of 24 intricately carved grottos dating back to the 3rd century BC; there are Buddhist statues inside, and many of the inscriptions on the walls are still legible. Don’t miss a visit to Kalaram Mandir, in nearby Nashik; this beautiful black stone temple was built in 1788 using 32 tons of gold.