A pinch of salt in the air #Alibaugdiary
SIDZ COTTAGE, NAGAON ALIBAUG
The summer is here and thanks to global warming, every year the intensity of the heat waves is relentlessly aggravating. This tropical heat, leaves you with no choice but to silently suffer and wait for the cloak of darkness to descend.
Personally, my energy levels really go down this time of the year. I have migraine and summer ensures regular attacks. Hence I have to take extra care. And above all, the craving for respite frequently infuses exasperation in me.
"Give me a break," that's all that I wanna preach.
However, if you are a Mumbaikar, you would know that summer getaways are almost nonexistent. Hence figuring out the best place to chill, is a task in itself, for we do not want to tire more in our search for tranquillity.
The beautiful garden
Relaxation comes easy with Tranquillity all around
Two weekends back, five of us, which included an eight month old baby boy, had an awesome time in SIDZ COTTAGE, near Nagaon beach in Alibaug. Thanks to Shalaka for locating this awesome property.
Well, to start with, we travelled by road and it takes close to four hours, with those occasional breaks for breakfast etc. The road was pretty crowded and not in the best shape. But on reaching the cottage, we realised that it is worth the effort.
The walk through the garden
Sidz cottage is like a beautiful farmhouse. We had booked a bungalow, with two bedrooms, but there are other smaller options available. The tastefully decorated expanse is a welcome respite for Mumbaikars fighting for space. The bungalow had a small kitchenette, so if you bring an induction oven, you can cook too. The only drawback is that it does not have a refrigerator, which I wish they include in future. The rooms are spacious and colourfully done, with attached bathroom with each bedroom. There are balconies and also access to the terrace.
Some great moments with the little one
The vibe of the place is like spring, with flowers all around and greenery to soothe your soul. They grow fruits and vegetables and it's a treat to go around. The garden has some innovatively done sitting arrangements for that lazy afternoon siesta or late night celebrations. The vicinity of the lake reduces the temperature to a more endurable limit. If you are a person whose laze is incomplete without books, they have a library for you.
Now coming to food, I am all praises for the chef. There is vegetarian buffet available for lunch and dinner, and non vegetarian cuisines are prepared as per your requirements, and the dishes taste heavenly. The staffs are courteous and helpful.
The resort is around 2 kilometers from Nagaon beach and contradicting my preconceived notions about Alibaug, this beach is clean and cheerful. Although it's a black sand beach, but that doesn't take away the charm. Our joy ride in the horse cart, the enriching crimson of sunset, the salty air, the coconut water and of course wonderful company made that dusk, a remember worthy one forever.
The beautiful Nagaon beach
The horse cart-a joy ride
The night was rapturous too, with some yummy munching, discussions and some time spent under the sky in the terrace. In totality, the one day holiday infused enough oxygen to sustain the summer exhaustions.
As night descends
To me a holiday is not just the place, its about comfort, indulgence, good food and above everything else compatible company. Shalaka, Nilesh, Avishek and I have been travelling together for many years now, and each time we managed to create some worthy memories. But this trip was special as it was our first, with the newest and best addition to their family, their little son Ruhaan. His presence made every moment count as memorable.
And finally the gang together
"A vacay is never too small
A vacay is never too long
The one that you sing engulfed in mirth
A vacay is that enticing song" - by Aritra
The lazy afternoon, a pinch of salt in the air and numerous thoughts come floating in the free thoroughfare of my wandering mind!!
Pics are taken by Nilesh Dighe, Avishek Sengupta and Aritra Chakrabarty