Located at a distance of 181 kms from Pune and 150 kms from Mumbai, the Golden Swan Beach Resort has Mediterranean style cottages with 25 rooms and 6 portugese style rooms at Murud Janjira attached to the beach. Visited the Resort in October 2015.
From Pune drive upto Khopoli and from Khopoli there are two routes. (i) via Pali, Roha to Murud Janjira and the (ii) via Pen, Vadkal, Alibaug, Kashid to Murud Janira.
Some stretch of both the routes have pot holes making the drive slower at present.
There are regular MSRTC buses plying from Pune to Murud and Mumbai to Murud via Alibaug.
Take the Mumbai-Panvel-Goa highway till Roha and then take a turn to Murud Janjira.
Alternatively, take the Mumbai-Panvel-Goa highway till Vadkal and proceed straight towards Alibaug, Kashid and then to Murud.
The nearest railway station is Roha, 40 kms from Murud. From Roha you can take local MSRTC bus or hire a cab or auto.
The nearest airport is Mumbai at a distance of 150 kms.
The resort has cottages which have been converted to 25 rooms by providing a door between the front and back portion. Each of the cottage can be used fully or converted to two rooms depending upon the requirement.
About 250 meters away from the main resort is another property with portugese style rooms - 3 of which are facing the sea and the other 3 facing the front side. But for any assistance including meals, the occupant will have to reach main resort through the main road. These rooms could be useful to those needing secluded stay.
The rooms are well maintained, neat and clean. The room tariff includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are no better options for meals outside except for some fish fry on the chouwpatty beach area in the evenings. The lunch and dinner are served buffet style with a few dishes of vegeratiran and two dishes of non-vegetarian items. The food prepration is good. Staff is very courteous and helpful. Vehicle parking is available inside the resort.
On the way to Alibaug, after crossing the Revanda bridge, visit the light house at Korlai and also visit the Portugese Fort.
From Rajpuri jetty, take a boat ride to visit the famous Murud Janjira Fort
From the resort you can see Kasa Fort, but access to this fort is not allowed now.
The resort has direct acces to the Murud Janjira beach. During low tide (afternoon), this beach turn out to be a play ground or a driving track with the water receding to a considerable extent. But the picture changes dramatically during high tide (evenings and early mornings) with the water waves touching the boundary of the resort.
Horse buggy ride is the main sport in the beach area. The resort has a play area for children and a party area for groups.
While sunset can be watched from the beach side of the resort, the best spot to watch the sunset is Idgarh, about 3 Kms. from the resort which is the highest point of Murud. On the way to Idgah point, you can visit Datta temple.
On the way to Murud from Kashid, you will first come across a hotel called "Murud Beach Home". Further down the road, you will find Sea Shell Resort to the left of the road (the beach is on the right). Next to Sea Shell Resort is another hotel named 'Hotel Elegant' which is also on the left side of the road. The other resort "Sand Pipe Resort" is under renovation at present.
As is common in Maharashtra, power connectivity is an issue at Murud also. But the resort has two gen sets which provide continuous power. Watching TV during power outage will be an issue.
For a short week end with family and friends, this could be an ideal location.