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Absolute Hotel Services announces signing of management contract in Igatpuri, India

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Mon, 03/01/2021 - 07:02

Igatpuri, a bliss tucked into Sahyadris is a small town and a hill station in Maharashtra, truly an escape from the madness of the urban jungle.

Mumbai, India – Mr. Sameer Dharkar, Managing Director of Absolute Hotel Services – South Asia & Middle East region, announced its First White Label Management  Contract with  Manas Hospitality Private Limited for its distinguished resort in Igatpuri, Manas Resort With Petting Zoo And Organic Farm, Igatpuri.

Igatpuri, a bliss tucked into Sahyadris is a small town and a hill station in Maharashtra, truly an escape from the madness of the urban jungle. The lovely climate, quaint old forts, waterfalls, and majestic mountains make Igatpuri an ideal place for a relaxing vacation. The exquisiteness of this place increases myriad folds during monsoon when its dense forest becomes greener and the umpteen waterfalls get revived making it a picture-perfect postcard.  Blessed with a pleasant climate and greenery all around, Igatpuri is well connected by roads making it a popular drive-down weekend getaway destination from Nashik (1 hour), Pune (4 hours) and Mumbai (3 hours). It is famous amongst adventure seekers as a popular camping and trekking hill station as well as is a place for fascinating nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Nestled amidst an expanse of the Western Ghats 1900 ft. above the sea level in Igatpuri, the Resort is spread across 7 acres of lush green landscape established in 1991, the first resort in Igatpuri and the first in India with Petting Zoo, offering a blend of deluxe accommodation with a petting zoo, hosting human-friendly animals and walk-in aviaries. The resort name is developed synonymous for the destination “Igatpuri” itself as it witnesses the exotic scenes, views of the hills, valleys, and tranquillity within the resort itself just like what Igatpuri region offers. 

Manas Resort with Petting Zoo and Organic Farm as the name suggests has this exclusive offering of Petting Zoo as well as Organic farming, a very different experience to every guest whilst they enjoy and take a break from the chaotic city life.  The Petting Zoo hosts human-friendly birds and animals housed in walk-in aviaries, guests can enjoy feeding and play with them.  A lesser-known fact is that Interacting with pets reduces stress levels and assists people to better cope with various health conditions, including mental ailments.

The resort is designed over a terraced estate with interspersed water bodies, garden, vegetable culture and lush green lawns.  The resort delivers a unique “Farm to Table” dining experience with the use of home-grown produce from its very own organic farms, which are chemical and pesticide-free, ensuring the preservation of the mildest of flavours across every dish prepared. 

The resort features 68 well-appointed rooms of different design categories, harmonizing with the multiple family needs.  Facilities at the resort include Highway Café, All Day Dining Restaurant, Banquets, Oversized Lawns, Infinity Swimming Pool, Spa, Kids Play Area, Games Room and Car Park. The soon to open Bar and Lounge will add another dimension to fun and entertainment. 

Mr. Nitin Karambelkar - Managing Director, Manas Hospitality Private Limited a self-made entrepreneur, had the foresight 30 years before to build this dream project, which has brought, both, the Resort as well as Igatpuri on the travel map of the region. Immensely passionate and emotional about hospitality, service, and creation of memorable experiences he has fostered concepts over the years, creating distinctive positioning advantages. He is a huge animal lover and gets personally involved as and when a new pup or a bird enters the resort, trains them to be human friendly. Organic Farming comes naturally to Mr. Karambelkar, while he directly oversees the entire process, he has developed certain signature local preparations for which a visit to the property is a must.

Stating his views on this development Mr. Sameer Dharkar said that “We are delighted to sign this Management Agreement, on a new platform called “White Label Services”. This opens a new chapter in India, wherein standalone Hotel Owners of renowned properties, who aspire to take their operations to higher levels with the help of an International operator and yet retain their own identity. This is a Win-Win formula, where guest experiences will get enhanced and even the Owners Brand gets a fillip along with generating Higher Revenues & Operating Profits. We saw a vacuum existed in this space as no International Player is offering this Unique Partnership. The first move has to create an impact and our handshake with Manas Hospitality will definitely create a ripple around.  We intend to cement our relationship by fulfilling our common vision of being best in the category and look forward to building a strong portfolio in this segment along with our branded properties under Eastin & U Hotels Umbrella.”


Theodore Koumelis

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.