I recently visited Corinthians Club and Resort in Pune with my family over a long weekend and had a decent stay at the property. With two senior citizens and a toddler, I was looking at a more relaxing getaway than the usual touristy hum-drum. We started from Mumbai post 10 am and reached the destination at 1:30 pm without any breaks. The check-in time is at 2 pm so there was no rush to reach the place. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway cooperated well with us even after the land-slide debacle and we could make it to the club on time. Once you enter Pune, the road leading to the club is rather busy and bumpy so it takes time to manoeuvre through the narrow lanes and tricky turns. But once you reach the property, the grandiose and vastness of the property simply engulfs your senses. No doubts, it’s a well-planned resort with a brewery, 2-3 restaurants, indoor activity centre, a swimming pool and a gym. The landscape is beautiful with mini patios and gardens. The rooms are large and spacious with an attached balcony/garden to enjoy the fresh air. The only problem being there are no locks in the bathroom which could be inconvenient for a family or group of friends.
Though, perched at a height, the resort doesn’t have a great view as it is surrounded by upcoming multi-storey buildings all around it. I am sure, when it was started a decade back, the view would have been much better, but at the pace in which Pune city is growing, the view might not impress many in the coming years.
The reception staff is quick and helpful. Try avoid the check in/out rush by reaching/leaving a bit early from the time specified. The reception is big enough to seat guests while they complete their formalities. The resort plans out activities for its guests each day which includes, games, competitions, magic shows, etc. Children and adults, both can enjoy pool activities which is always guarded by a coach. The breakfast/lunch/dinner is arranged by the pool-side restaurant Pyramisa and can get over-crowded during the weekends. The best bet is to wake-up early and eat early. Breakfast is served between 7:30 am to 10:30 am. We ordered for lunch once at this restaurant and wasn’t very impressed with the food served. Though, the portion size is decent. In-room orders tasted much better. Later, in the evening, we wanted to enjoy freshly brewed beer in the Ist Brewhouse, but children were not allowed there so we had to settle for Salsa restaurant upstairs. Beer was served there. Food at Salsa was nothing exceptional but we enjoyed our apple cider every bit. The interiors of the restaurant is pretty interesting with retro figures playing saxophone.
The resort is fairly quiet if you do not have very noisy neighbours or if your rooms are not near to the swimming pool. You can hear the birds chirping, breeze blowing and leaves rustling on a quiet afternoon. A family lunch in the garden is very much possible, which is thrilling for city souls as they hardly find a green piece of land at their multi-storey residences. The service is prompt and the staff is courteous. We had a wonderful time at the resort. If the roads improve, we would like to visit it again. It is a little pricey compared to other options around Pune but with its décor and set-up, it’s worth the money spent.