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Absolute Hotel Services announces signing of management contract in Igatpuri

Friday, February 26, 2021, 18:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Hyderabad

Sameer Dharkar, Managing Director of Absolute Hotel Services – South Asia & Middle East region, is delighted to announce 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 relaxed vacation. The exquisiteness of this place increases myriad folds during monsoon when it’s dense forest becomes greener and the umpteen waterfalls get revived making it a picture perfect postcard.  Blessed with 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 place fascinating nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

Nestled amidst 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 blend of deluxe accommodation with petting zoo, hosting human friendly animals and walk in aviaries. The resort name is developed a synonymous for the destination “Igatpuri” itself as it witness 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 playing 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 an unique “Farm to Table” dining experience with use of home-grown produce from its very own organic farms, which are chemical and pesticide free, ensuring preservation of the mildest of flavours across every dish prepared.  

The resort features 68 well-appointed rooms of different design category, harmonizing with the multiple family needs.  Facilities at resort include Highway Café, All Day Dinning 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.  

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 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 alongwith 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 category and look forward to building a strong portfolio in this segment along with our branded properties under Eastin & U Hotels Umbrella.”

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