4.5
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What We Love

  • Sweeping Himalayan views and an incredibly remote location
  • Professional holistic and Ayurvedic spa treatments
  • The feeling you’re starring in a fairy tale and the Wildflower is your castle
  • Outdoor mountaintop Jacuzzi
  • Self-guided walks through the lush foothills and dark pine forest
  • Combine with a stay at Oberoi Cecil in Shimla

What To Know

  • Roughly 45 minutes from Shimla and 90 minutes from the airport
  • The hotel is open year-round, but certain facilities and activities are seasonal
  • Snow covers the region in the winter months. Great if you like skiing!
  • Smoking rooms are available
  • Kids 12 and under are not permitted
  • A mandatory Christmas Eve Dinner (Dec 24) and New Year's Eve Dinner (Dec 31) will be charged at $91 per meal, per person, plus taxes

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

It’s a twisting, turning 90-minute drive along mountain roads from the Shimla airport to Wildflower Hall, but it’s well worth it. Perched at 8,250 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas, Oberoi Hotels’ iconic resort was once the residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the colonial British Army. Though the place has been completely rebuilt since Kitchener’s time, the regal/residential vibe remains.

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In fair weather there’s croquet, archery and afternoon tea on the lawn; in winter, a skating rink and heated indoor pool. The year-round draws, though, are the panoramic mountain vistas, which are best enjoyed from the main restaurant terrace, accompanied by cup of masala chai. In high season there are three operating eateries, including the elegant garden-side Lutyens for traditional Indian fare, and the central restaurant (simply called the Restaurant), which has a menu of refined Asian and continental dishes. The latter also offers a must-try thali, or sampler, of regional Himachal specialties.

Local ingredients are also employed by the spa, which focuses on traditional Asian and Ayurvedic therapies (overseen by an on-staff Ayurvedic doctor). Standout services include the Spirit of Ayurveda, a two-and-a-half-hour session that starts with relaxing inhalation therapy, continues with dry brushing and face massage, and ends with a cedar-infused bath in a tub that looks out on the mountains.

For those who want to be more active, the front desk stocks detailed maps for self-guided trail walks through the surrounding pine forests, while trained guides and botanical experts are on staff to lead more intense hikes or take you mountain biking or river rafting along the thrilling Sutlej River.

How to Get There

Wildflower Hall, In the Himalayas
Mashobra
Shimla, 171012 India

Reviews

Stunning hotel
frankitBath

We visited for two nights, service outstanding in truly breathtaking surroundings. Golden eagles circled around as we ate breakfast. Snow capped mountains are visible in the far distance.
The staff are without exception delightful. This hotel is 100% is every way and we feel very privileged to have stayed there.

Fantastic hotel with great views
Steve H

We spent 3 nights at the Wildflower and loved every minute. Just like all the Oberoi hotels, the staff and service are outstanding. The hotel sits on a hilltop maybe an hour north of Shimla. Great location out away from any cities. After touring India for 2+ weeks, it was great to get away from the big cities and all the traffic. Very peaceful and relaxing. Rooms are large and there are some great views. Lots of activities available throughout the year from their activities desk — hiking, mountain biking, archery, badminton, tennis, rafting, etc. We took a beautiful hike up to a temple at 9,400 ft. — the highest mountain in Shimla. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top including the snow-capped peaks of the Indian Himalayas. It’s a 2 hour drive and a 5 hour uphill hike, but it is well worth it — wasn’t nearly as difficult as we originally thought. I would have loved to stay longer.

Absolutely superb
beefy1805

My personal favourite during our 4 weeks in India. My wife was very poorly after a long day travelling and we were checked-in our room, thank you.
Fabulous setting, incredible building, outstanding staff.
Great food and drink, get to breakfast early and eat on the terrace with Himalaya views, so beautiful it brought a tear to my eye.
We felt like royalty or film stars, it was really that good.
Nice walks through the woods with great views, nice indoor pool.
Try a stroll round the town, great people watching and more astounding views.
Thanks everyone for a truly memorable stay.