What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast served with champagne
- All 15 villas feature a private terrace for stunning Himalayan mountain views
- The infinity pool has a beautiful backdrop
- Dine on traditional Nepalese dishes at the restaurant; cooking classes are also offered here
What To Know
- The resort lies on a working farm, which offers an insight into Nepalese life
- Fruit, cheese and milk are sourced from the farm and surrounding areas for breakfast
- Evenings may be a little quiet for some, through Pokhara (a 15-minute drive away) offers livelier nightlife
- The resort works with local charity Right4Children and acts as a training facility for 30 young adults each year
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s easy to see why the owners decided to build Nepal’s first villa resort here. Set on a working farm and surrounded by rice paddies and forest, with a backdrop of the Himalayas, the site is spectacular. The designers worked with local materials and incorporated Nepalese art to create a luxe resort that never forgets where it is. All 15 villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace with mountain views and start at 861 square feet. They’re decked out with hardwood floors, elegant drapes, hot tubs and colorful Nepalase fabrics and rugs. Because of its size, the resort never feels crowded and allows you to enjoy genuine Nepalese friendliness from staff who end up on first name terms with guests. The infinity pool takes center stage and is surrounded by sun loungers and daybeds and the Club House is home to a restaurant that serves Nepalese dishes and a small spa, which works local products into its treatments.
In the Area
Pokhara is a serious adventure hub. Most visitors head here to explore the hills and mountains. The third largest city in Nepal has three of the world’s 10 highest mountains within a 30 mile radius. Beyond hiking and climbing, the resort can arrange gliding and white water rafting. Guests more interested in spiritual rather than the physical activities can seek enlightenment at one of the many meditation centers nearby. The Garden Yiga Chozin Buddhist Meditation Centre offers free introductory sessions and longer workshops and retreats.
How to Get There
I really wanted to love this hotel. The website looks great. Parts of the experience were on point and other parts need work.
The high points:
1. The design/architecture is well done.
2. The restaurant...both food and service were excellent. (relatively limited menu but food was always hot and tasty)
3. Quiet: slept quite well because it is quiet until the birds get active in the morning
The challenging points:
1. Spa: My wife and I both got massages. Both were intense and she was left with 5" marks on her back that took off layers of skin. This was mentioned to the manager. We received a partial apology. I hope there will be retraining of the massage therapists.
2. Cleanliness: Was ok for being in a village area but certainly not at the standards for cities. Wouldn't be a bad idea for the hotel to invest in a vacuum.
3. Mosquitoes: There were a good number in the dining area and in the rooms and there didn't seem to be much concern about minimizing their presence.
4. Location/Activities: It is a double edged sword to be away from town. When you just look at the distance from town it doesn't look bad but the road is terrible (super bumpy like many roads in Nepal) and the small bridge near the hotel was washed out not long ago so your vehicle will have to drive across a small river. When I booked the hotel I was thinking it would be easy to step out for various activities but it turned out to be more challenging than expected.
Overall it was not a bad experience (aside from the very unexpected massage wound). We were there for four nights. If I had it to do over again I would have probably stayed in a different hotel or would have stayed two nights max. As an aside: Dwarikas in Katmandu is an outstanding heritage hotel. If you have wrapped up a trek and want to treat yourself to a very good experience I would highly recommend Dwarikas.
Great, modern accommodations in pristine setting. If a trek is on your “ to do list” be sure to experience the naturalist guided hike and explore the back route nature walk to the Peace Pagoda (2.5-3 hours followed by boat ride back) and follow up with a massage in the recently opened spa. Chef is among best experienced in Nepal (and 100% capable of accommodating individuals with Celiac) and hosts go above and beyond to create comfortable, celebratory evenings (bonfires, snacks, etc.). WiFi in all rooms and main club house. Fun shopping across the lake if you get an itch for civilization. Only wish I spent more time!!
We had very little expectations and booked this place way in advance of our trip. I read a few reviews that complained about getting to the hotel etc. and still decided to give it a try.
Arriving after a 5-day hike in this hotel was the best decision we could've made. Just outside of Pokhara, it's a beautiful and serene property and the rooms are spacious and clean. The road to the hotel was absolutely fine (remember, the road network in Nepal isn't exactly the best yet) and the staff was very accommodating throughout the entire trip. Would definitely recommend this place.