Lavasa is a planned hill station developed on the Western Ghats, on the banks of the Baji Pasalkar reservoir behind the Varasgaon Dam near Pune. Lavasa Hill City is free India’s first and largest hill city with a sprawling township spread across the 7 hills of the Mose valley.
High up in the Western Ghats, where nature grows wild, is a bush that is part of the perennial foliage of the slopes. It fades when the dry spells hit and bursts into vivid green life with the arrival of the monsoon. Expect, this plant has a party trick up its sleeve: every eight years, the carpet of green explodes in a profusion of color- all possible shades of blue. Iridescent violet to pale lavender with splashes of reds and pinks. This is the Karvi shrub, strutting its stuff briefly, after which it quietly shuts shop and vanishes for another eight years. Not just a pretty face, the plant is known for its anti-inflammatory properties in ayurvedic, Japanese and Chinese medicine. It is only fitting that the first ever spa in Dasve. Country Club India members are offered a best spa from Karvi spa.
The Dasvino Town & Country Club, the Karvi Spa pulls out all stops with its 11 therapy rooms and menu of treatments that seem to cover the best of Eurasia with the ubiquitous Jacuzzi and steam room added for universal appeal.
You can have therapists hanging off a rope and walking up and down your back or sinking their thumbs deep into your sore muscles, liberating them from stiffness. Opt for the Karvi Four Hand Synchronized massage, which involves the therapists performing a well-synchronized duet with clever fingers. Or try a 2,500 year old Thai therapy perfected by Buddhist monks, it includes yoga postures and stretches. You can also opt for the Balinese import that revitalizes your chi. If it’s a quick fix that you need, go for the foot reflexology or distress with a head, neck and shoulder massage.
Currently, the spa has kicked off weekend services for visitors to Lavasa, who come to soak in some tranquility before heading back to the city. In time, it will be the staple of the city’s residents.
A member’s only club has always been an integral part of urban life in Indian cities. It provides the citizens of a town an opportunity to meet strangers and expand their social circle through shared activities that may range from a simple shared love for cigars and whisky to active sport. The Dasvino Town & Country Club, set on the shores of Warasgaon Lake, is one such meeting ground for Lavasa’s residents. The surrounding greenery and serenity of water lapping at its shores make it the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day at the office.
An infinity pool, steps away from the shores of the lake, is ringed by an alfresco, all-day dining area- the ideal spot to soak in Lavasa’s perennially clement climate, as you make new friends or catch up with old ones. You may choose to iron out the desk-job kinks at the gym outfitted with state of the art Nautilus equipment or pamper yourself with one of the treatments at Karvi Spa. If playing tennis beside the lake while surrounded by mountains is your thing, get out there and smash a few balls around. Stow your kids in the playroom, where they can romp under the expert eye of the qualified staff while you do your thing. The ground-level restaurant, the Asian Opera, is a little more formal; the menu is pan-Asian and the produce handpicked from Lavasa’s own organic gardens. The Lounge, located upstairs, is ideal for relaxing against a backdrop of spectacular views, while the English-themed pub is perfect for grabbing a few drinks. With Hong Kong based International Leisure Consultants (ILC), the masterminds behind legendary establishments (such as the Hong Kong Cricket Club, the St. Regis, Beijing and The Venetian Macau) managing the club, you can be assured that the Lavasa quality of life will be adhered to at this little haven of leisure.