The Dwarika’s Resort
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With a stay at The Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel, you’ll be in the mountains and close to Budol View Tower. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Mahadev Pokhari and Dattatreya Square.
Make yourself at home in one of the 40 individually furnished guestrooms, featuring minibars and LED televisions. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a 24-hour health club, an outdoor pool, and a steam room. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I was attending an environmental conference in Kathmandu in March 2018 and wanted to splurge for two nights at a lucury resort outside this chaotic/dusty city and the Dwarika was recommended by friends who had stayed there. At the high price of the resort, I expected a superlative stay and our experience went beyond this....truly fabulous and worth every cent as it's a very special property.(although, if you are on a smaller budget, I noticed loads of small hotels (looking like private homes turned into B&B's) where you can at least enjoy the peace and beauty of the Dhulikel mountain area which is definitely worth the visit.)
The drive to the resort was less than an hour and it was so pleasant to literally see the transition from dust/chaos to clean air, higher altitude, and peace/serenity as we approached the resort. It is set far back off the street (so very quiet...well, except for the inevitable horns of far away cars; impossible to escape) and is tiered on quite the steep hillside (so if you have physical difficulties you need to stay in a lower room, and most of the activities/special rooms/pool are far up on the hill so you'd definitely need assistance if unable to walk well...). We were greeted by the front office staff and manager, provided with an organic fresh welcome drink and provided with a very detailed explanation (and much needed map) of the layout of the resort as well as all of the free activities/special chambers; one would need a week or two to participate in all that was available and my husband/I explained that although many of the activities sounded absolutely wonderful (especially if you are Buddhist/Hindu and/or on a spiritual quest) we actually wanted to do NOTHING (!) except enjoy our suite, the view, walking around the property, swimming and enjoying some wonderful organic food/wine.
We stayed in an Executive Suite which was two stories and simply beautiful. I had noticed on the resort website that there were "garden" suites (enclosed courtyards) and "rooftop" suites which is what I wanted as enclosed courtyards make me claustrophobic, plus I wanted the open view and space of the rooftop area; ours was amazing and completely fulfilled my luxury "requirements": huge open bedroom on the first floor with daybed and floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular view, a beautiful spa-like stone bathroom that was as large as some hotels' bedrooms, traditional yet refined interior/furnishings and high thread count sheets, a huge rooftop with covered areas with sofas plus a swing-bed, another full bed (with mosquito netting) and Adirondack chairs/table to sip wine on at cocktail time; so many options to simply hang out in the open air with the incredible mountain/valley view.
From our very arrival, a variety of gifts were provided (a very nice gesture!): a meter long necklace of local/traditional nuts used in prayers and ornaments, a bottle of wine in the room, daily male/female scarves in different colors to represent different Hindu mythology, natural paper diaries, extra oils/soaps in the bathroom, etc.....all of these little touches made us feel very welcome and pampered.
The staff was incredible and even with the vast distance between our room/front office/restaurant, every request we made was met very quickly. I decided I wanted to sleep outdoors (the temperature went down to about 8 Celcius at night) so they prepared the outdoor bed with a thick duvet and quilts (plus the hotwater bottles both indoor/outdoor....a very nice touch as well). One afternoon I wanted to use the outdoor jacuzzi next to the pool (quite a chilly swim!) but not at the scheduled opening time (...as just in case others wanted to use it during the "open" period, I wanted to make sure we were alone) and that was no problem; they just asked that we give them an hour's notice so they could make sure the jacuzzi was fully heated (divine to sit in the not jacuzzi with the mountain view!). Room service was quickly delivered for evening drinks we wanted to enjoy privately on our rooftop.
We walked the property several times (steep climbs up and down so good exercise) and saw an abundance of local wildlife which was a joy to witness. Two of my favorite chambers were the "Himalayan salt room" and the "Chakra" sound chamber; both were serene, calming and beautiful.
The one activity that I very much wanted to do was the walk/visit to the resort's organic farm. We opted to walk there with a guide (always preferring to be alone, I did ask if we could get a map and go there ourselves but thank goodness the front office manager said no....it's quite a long way on veering roads and paths; we would have gotten completely lost and probably broke an ankle by not knowing where exactly to walk!). It was about a 2-hour walk (sometimes steep, sometimes rocky) and well worth it; the views were beyond stunning (and hard to appreciate as much if being driven), with sheep, cows, goats everywhere and wakes of red kites soaring just above us at certain stretches along the way. The farm itself was incredible and the manager took us on a tour allowing us to pick fruits and vegetables which were then cooked by the chef for our Japanese vegetarian dinner that night (wow!). We did give up and ordered a hotel jeep to bring us back from the farm (a very long trek upwards going back but if you are physically able, it's well worth the hike resort-to-farm).
The restaurants were lovely (the Japanese restaurant was separate as strictly vegetarian) and the food was very nice (not exceptional but very nice, especially as they try to use as much from their farm/organic as possible). Breakfast was ample and fresh/homemade (they serve each guest a shot of wheatgrass if desired; I wanted a second one and was wondering why it was taking so long to be served; it turns out they only had enough for one glass/guest and they had one of the staff run off to where the grass was being grown to fetch back another serving for me!!).
I think that if we had participated in the many activities offered, time would have slipped away incredibly fast (but enjoyable no doubt!) but as we just rested and enjoyed the overall property, time seemed to slow down and provided for a perfect stay (although one or two more nights would have been even better!). By the time we left, we were very well rested, rejuvenated and felt very pampered/spoiled. I would love to go back in the future and will certainly be recommending the resort to others.
Beautiful hotel: the rooms, the views, the service, the food, the activities, everything is there to make your stay memorable.
Thank you so much to the Dwarika's resort team for these wonderful vacation in your resort.
We spent three nights at this luxurious and mystical resort, and were totally overwhelmed by the beauty and relaxation it had to offer. The entire resort is nestled amongst beautiful trees overlooking the rolling hills far off. It was simply a mystical experience! There were plenty of things to do through out the day, including the free usage of the "Salt & Crystal" rooms, pottery experiments with clay, yoga room, chakra room, Pranayam room, the absolutely gorgeous swimming pool, and just good old up and down walking in the entire resort, which is built upon various terraces of the hill. We also visited the beautiful organic garden which has all kind of herbs and veggies growing and were amazed at the systematic way it was being attended to by the courteous staff. Overall, it was a pleasure and delight to find such a wonderful resort, just less then one hour away from Kathmandu for some quiet and relaxing time! Would recommend everyone to visit this unique resort, built by restoring traditional designs from centuries ago, an absolutely commendable feat!
We spent two nights at Dwarika’s Resort in a beautiful and spacious room. We thoroughly enjoyed our time, although we did not attend for any of the wellness attractions (spa, yoga, crystals, salt room, cooking class, etc.). Many of these have separate costs, but regardless, we were there simply to rest and relax before continuing on our travels.
Although it was not the fault of the hotel, our first night was somewhat restless as there was a family with children in the room above us - I think they wore their shoes in the room, and there was often running from one end to the other. When I called the front desk around 6am the following morning to request another room, I was advised that the family was checking out that day, so we agreed to stay in our otherwise perfectly comfortable room. Keep in mind that you can hear steps, voices, ringing phones, etc. from adjoining rooms, so if you are not happy, say something earlier rather than later. There were a surprising number of families with small children at the resort.
The bed was very comfortable, and housekeeping was consistent. It was raining during our visit and quite cool, but the heat worked well. The warm water bottles in the bed were a welcome treat!
Food options were limited, but staff generally accommodated my plain requests.
I confess I had no idea what to expect with Dwarkas Dhulikhel - I was in Kathmandu for a business conference and had two days of vacation tacked at the end of the trip. A friend recommended for those two days I get out of the city to Dhulikhel just to get some fresh air. I was looking for accommodation and noted the vast price range for a room at Dwarkas vs other hotels in Dhulikhel, but I was so taken with the photos of the property that I figured it would be a one night splurge.
Arriving at the property however, it quickly became clear why the fantastically high room rate - the hotel is built into the steep side of a ravine which places you at one with nature 24 hours a day. Yoga classes, meditation and mindfulness, spa services, pottery and art classes, cooking classes, multiple eating options and of course the magnificent infinity pool overlooking the valley - the experience was second to none.
The Executive suite was stellar with it's open air set up, bathroom which felt more like a spa and entire outdoor second story with a variety of couches and cabanas for personal use.
We ate lunch both afternoons by the pool, dinner at the Japanese restaurant and breakfast near guest services. The food is all organic, grown in their own farm which guests can visit. All of the food was delicious as were the various cocktails we ordered.
Their little Treasure House offered a variety of gifts to bring home (we did some serious damage there) and the all around service from the property was outstanding. At any given time staff seemed to know exactly where you were to bring you to your next experience (navigating the property the first day could be challenging!) and for me, service was summed up when I braved a dip in the unheated infinity pool and then found myself shivering under blankets trying to get warm after. The hotel staff unsolicited brought me a hot water bottle to warm up and save the day :-)
Of the many countries and hotels I've visited, I truly hope I make it back to this spot.