Meritas Adore Resort

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Lonavala India (2022 Updated)

Generally speaking, well known hotels &  resorts in the Lonavala are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly hotels Lonavala.

Legal status. On 24 August 2017, India’s Supreme Court gave the country’s LGBT community the freedom to safely express their sexual orientation. Therefore, an individual’s sexual orientation is protected under the country’s Right to Privacy law.

Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai. The Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. They feature massive pillars and intricate relief sculptures. South of the Bhaja Caves sits the imposing Lohagad Fort, with its 4 gates. West of here is Bhushi Dam, where water overflows onto a set of steps during rainy season.


 Top attractions to visit in Lonavala


Day trips from Lonavala


1. Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala

Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa

Located in the Sahyadri mountain range within the 320-acre Shillim Estate, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa features luxurious villas, 4 relaxation terraces and a yoga pavilion. Its extensive spa boasts over 150 treatments while 7 food and beverage options are available.

Lonavla is a 45-minute drive from Shillim while Pune is a 1.5-hour drive away. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is approximately a 3-hour drive from the retreat.

Each air-conditioned villa has spacious outdoor areas and a private spa treatment area. They come with a day bed. Private bathroom includes luxurious bath amenities a separate bathtub and shower. A 42-inch high definition TV, espresso coffee maker and in-room safe is provided.

To conserve, to sustain and to heal….the Shillim state of mind.

The multiple award winning Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa has been rated as “The Best Luxury Resort” in Asia by Business Destinations magazine and has also been rated as one of Top-5 new luxury resorts in India for the year 2013, by Conde Nast reader’s Choice Awards. The retreat was also award the HATT award for “IT Innovation” for the year 2014. The 320 acre retreat is located within private Shillim Estate and is a short drive from Mumbai and Pune.

The all-villa Hilton Shillim Retreat & Spa is nestled in an unspoiled sylvan setting, amidst the breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats. Offering a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit, this retreat features one of the most extensive spas in Asia, offering over 80 treatments. Here, expert therapists integrate the ancient philosophic, spiritual and artistic wisdom of South Asia with modern international techniques.

Meditate in the uniquely designed Meditation Cave or relax and enjoy the breathtaking nature of Shillim on the Relaxation Terraces. Shillim Spa offers you a range of opportunities to relax and heal, guided meditations are conducted by our masters and sunset yoga conducted every day at the Yoga Pavillion, located in the bowl of the mountains, help you discover wellness in the most conducive environment. Guests can also retreat to our tranquil Tea House, which offers a selection of health promoting blends.

Food lovers will be spoiled with our extensive range of dining options, ranging from the relaxed to the extraordinary. Indulge in our exclusive ‘Dining by Design’, where you create your own unique culinary experience – from the setting, be it on a mountain-top or by a waterfall, to the cuisine, both organic and locally sourced, in keeping with our holistic approach to well-being.

Relax in your villa, set amidst rice fields and bamboo plantations and marvel at panoramic views from your private balcony. Our Villas feature a variety of amenities, such as an exclusive butler service for the spa villas and private therapy zones to allow you to unwind in complete comfort and privacy.


• Exclusive location within the serene, breathtaking landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats

• All-Villa retreat with accommodation amidst rice fields, bamboo plantations and virgin forests

• 17 spa treatment rooms and private treatment areas in each villa, with visiting therapists and resident Masters to ensure complete rest and wellbeing to body, mind and spirit

• Unique dining experiences include mountain-top and waterfall settings, and complemented by organic and locally sourced ingredients

• Horse riding in the pristine nature of Shillim

• Shillim Institute Cooking School, dance, music and pottery studios

What to do around here

Spread over 320 acres of beautiful pristine wilderness within private Shillim Estate, this retreat offers guests a variety of on-site activity to enrich their experience.

At the Shillim Institute located within the retreat, participate in classes at the cooking school and the dance, music & pottery studios. Explore the vast surroundings of the estate on nature walks and treks though the unspoilt forest, go mountain biking or horse riding across the stunning landscape. Find that perfect view of a waterfall and picnic beside it, or go fishing at Lake Pavna located in the resort.

Outside the retreat, discover the fascinating Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and see intricate carvings dating back to 80 B.C. The ancient Maratha forts like Tikona, Tungi and Lohagad also offers a wealth of interesting history for visitors to enjoy.

Local Attractions

1. Western Ghats- A UNESCO world heritage site

2. Lake Pavna

3. Ancient Buddhist Caves from 2 BC- Bhaja & Karla.

4. Ancient Maratha fortresses-

* Tungi fort

* Tikona fort

* Lohagad fort


Guests travelling from Mumbai have the option of a 30-minute seaplane flight that connects Juhu Airport and Pawana Dam, located at a short distance from the property.

The drive from Mumbai to Shillim on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway takes just under three hour and the drive from Pune takes 1.5 Hours.

Juhu Airport

A 30-minute commercial seaplane flight by MEHAIR connects. Juhu Airport to Pawana Dam that is located at a short distance from the property. The team at the retreat arranges the 25-minute transfer from Pawana Dam to the property.

property located in a warm brace of nature, Hilton Shillim is a spritiual paradise. A little bit of delay in check in though smooth took us to our room right in the middle of a jungle. Birds chirping, insects buzzing and the swaying of trees is all you hear. Within a moment you are grasped by the serenity of this place.

An infinity pool facing the undisturbed view of hills is mesmerising.

At the bistro you can gauge on sumptuous Italian cuisine along with perfectly balanced cocktails. Yes they are quite generous for the amount you pay for the alcohol !! Food at the Terrazzo too offered us plethora of delectable choices in food.

Lastly I cannot forget the prized of this place, their staff. Excellent, Amazing and Loving Staff. I cannot put in words to appreciate how much each individual there makes an effort to make sure that you are taken care off and comforted.

Gay Friendly Hotel Lonavala
Gay Friendly Hotel Lonavala

How much does a room costs at Resort Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa ?

Prices start 170 $/night for King Valley Villa. The King Dharana Pool Villa is  260$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Located near the SPA zone, spacious and luxurious villa features a private pool, a garden and a private treatment room. Villa includes a 47-inch HDTV, espresso coffee maker, an in-room safe and signature luxurious bath amenities. Villa comes with a daybed on the private deck, offering views of the valley and separated indoor and outdoor shower.

The room is located near the Spa and kids below the age of 13 are not allowed in that area.

Where to book online – Resort Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa – Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala you can find the best hotels deals in Lonavala during Lonavala International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lonavala on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Meritas Adore Resort 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala

Meritas Adore Resort
Meritas Adore Resort

Boasting an outdoor swimming pool, garden and views of pool, Meritas Adore Resort is set in Lonavala, 7 km from Bhushi Dam. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation offers airport transfers, while a car rental service is also available.

All guest rooms at the resort come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with free toiletries and a shower. All units at Meritas Adore Resort feature air conditioning and a wardrobe.

Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation.

Meritas Adore Resort is the newest under the clan of Meritas – Hotels & Resorts. Having an inventory of 29 rooms, an in-house restaurant and in-room dining service, one is confirmed to have the most comfortable stay. Meritas Adore is the perfect family space one must choose for a pocket-friendly trip to Lonavala. Located near the famous Narayani Dham Temple, one is assured to be in the most peaceful vicinity.

This property is safe and secured with 24 hours CCTV surveillance and security, round the clock power back-up, unlimited Wi-Fi access, ample of parking space, rejuvenate at the swimming pool and engage in an activity at the game zone. This segment from the Meritas Group has three category of rooms to offer, Executive, Deluxe & Standard, ensuring all rooms are equipped with basic necessity one need not worry about. All rooms are designed having a contemporary touch of interiors, comforting furnishings and easy to handle amenities. The room is equipped with modern features like LED TV with HD channels, air conditioning and ceiling fans, 24 hrs. hot & cold water supply, luxurious toiletries and cosy lien along with 1 Ltr. complimentary packaged drinking water.

Meritas Adore Resort severs the most promising dishes that will tickle your taste buds. Having a limited menu, the restaurant – Meridore has a selection of sumptuous dishes you can choose from Indian to Oriental Cuisine. We also offer the luxury of in-room dining service that one typically enjoys on a cosy getaway. We believe even if it is a quick trip, one must indulge in relaxing and rejuvenating with a quick swim or a game of chess at the game zone. Having an idea, one must not step out of the property to enjoy the luxuries of a trip. Our Holiday Resort is centrally located from places to visit within Lonavala. Having a list of choices, our Front Desk would be happy to assist you with choice of preference, so that you can plan your trip accordingly.

We had an amazing experience, good food with a really helping and friendly staff. It’s a beautiful place at a picturesque location with comfortable and hygienic rooms with pool view.

Great resort, awesome ambience , great dinning,room service was accurate,nice swimming pool,well maintained room, amazing facilities,good games,there was no delay in providing services and at last a good environment for a weekend holiday trip.

It’s a fantastic resort and our stay here was amazing..The overall ambiance is awesome. The Executive rooms are having beautiful pool facing view. The staff here are quite Polite, Cooperative and Supportive. The food quality is good and hygiene is maintained. The overall resort is beautiful and well maintained. Definitely a good place to stay and have fun.

Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala
Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala

How much does a room costs at Meritas Adore Resort ?

Prices start 48 $/night for Standard Double Room. The Executive Room with Pool Facing is  60$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room has a seating area, soundproofing and air conditioning.

Where to book online – Meritas Adore Resort – Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala you can find the best hotels deals in Lonavala during Lonavala International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lonavala on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Fariyas Resort Lonavala 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Lonavala

Fariyas Resort Lonavala
Fariyas Resort Lonavala

Overlooking the beautiful Frichley Hills, Fariyas Resort in Lonavala presents an outdoor water theme park and a year-round indoor pool. Guests can also enjoy pampering spa treatments.

The well-decorated rooms all enjoy wonderful views of the mountain from a private balcony. A cable TV, sofa bed and minibar are included. En suite bathrooms have either a shower or a bathtub.

Fariyas Resort is 2.5 km from Lonavala Railway Station and Bus Station. It is within 7 km from Bhushi Dam, Wax Museum and Pawna Lake. Mumbai International Airport is 100 km away.

Sana Spa features relaxing Ayurvedic body massage, hot tubs and facials. Hours can be spent at Wild Waters Water Park, with its waterfalls, swirling slides and rafts.

A slice of paradise awaits you at 1500 feet above sea level. Nestled amidst a lush green backdrop, The Fariyas Resort Lonavala provides an ideal getaway for a perfect rejuvenation. Fariyas is synonymous for superior service culture and modern rooms and facilities matching the needs of its discerning clientele. Our refined physical product and willingness of our employees to pamper our guest on a daily basis is what makes us humble. We provide innovative food and beverages concepts with modern meeting and banquet facilities. The Wild Waters – Water Park entertains both young and the young at heart. The exhilarating rides, a sunken bar and much more activities are fun filled experiences for the whole family. The Sana Spa and Beauty Salon sets the mood for rejuvenation at this vibrant resort.

How much does a room costs at Fariyas Resort Lonavala ?

Prices start 95 $/night for Deluxe King Room. The Premium King Room is  132$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Enjoying views of the Frichley Hills, modern air-conditioned room comes with a sofa bed, balcony and cable TV. Bathrooms have a bathtub.

Where to book online – Fariyas Resort Lonavala – Gay Friendly Hotels Lonavala you can find the best hotels deals in Lonavala during Lonavala International Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Lonavala on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.