The north-west coast of Mumbai houses the relatively-isolated Madh Island beach—part of a cluster of fishing villages. A watchtower built by the Portuguese in early 17th century called the Madh fort stands to this day, and is a breathtaking structure overlooking the sea. This quaint beach in Mumbai boasts of treacherous tides and swimming could turn out to be a dangerous affair. However, for those seeking a peaceful retreat from urban realms, Madh Island beach is highly sought-after.
Surrounded by mangroves on all sides, Madh Island demarcates itself from the mainland in a rather picturesque manner. Malad is the closest railway station to the beach, and other attractions in the vicinity include Erangal and a 16th church called St. Bonaventure. A couple of five start hotels here will pamper you with spas and gourmet dishes, even as you sink into the magnificent view.