Name: The Pavilions Himalayas
There’s nothing that quite compares to totally getting away from civilisation; a back to nature break where you are left in peace to fully appreciate your surroundings is wonderfully restorative. The Pavilions Himalayas is a stunning, luxury boutique resort that feels far removed from daily life; giving you the physical and mental space to truly appreciate your natural surroundings.
The resort is nestled in a valley near Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal. You are on the outskirts of Pokhara but your stunning surroundings include tranquil organic farmland, forested hills and a mountain fed river. Despite the seemingly remote location, getting here couldn’t be simpler; flights from the UK and Europe to the international airport of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal tend to connect via Delhi, Dhaka or Bangkok and take approximately 12 hours. A short transfer flight from Kathmandu brings you to Pokhara airport where your hosts will meet you.
Style & Character
Staying here is a very harmonious experience; there is a deep respect for the natural elements and the layout is designed to showcase village life in Nepal. The peace and quiet is incredible; you are 3km from the nearest public paved road and so there is literally no city or road noise, just the noises of nature. The interior is rustic chic, with contemporary floors and elegant furnishings accessorised with traditional Nepalese touches. This is a fully sustainable eco-resort that supports the local community and they are rightly proud of this credential; they reclaim wastewater, use solar power extensively and have their own organic farm which provides the restaurant.
Service & Facilities
Your time here can be wonderfully relaxed or you can seek challenges and adventures aplenty! The beautiful infinity pool is surrounded by sun-loungers and perfectly positioned offering epic views down the valley and across to the snow-topped Himalayas in the distance; time spent here is a must. There is also a spa which offers superb Ayurveda therapies. But there’s also lots of action to be found; Pokhara is known of Nepal’s adventure destination, so trek into the Himalayan foothills, go gliding over the peaks or white-water raft amongst the rapids; for families, the treks can be slightly gentler or the resort offers their own cooking classes. For a spiritual fix; there are yoga and meditation classes, as well as guided visits to Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples; check out their yoga retreats too to truly heal mind and body.
The boutique resort is delightfully intimate with just 15 luxurious and eco-friendly. The villas are spacious and relaxing; you feel yourself calm as you enter and they become your own private sanctuary during your time here. Your bathroom has a Jacuzzi and your private terrace is positioned to make the very most of those panoramic views. The little touches go a long way here; you wake each morning to fresh milk delivered to your door and your room has an iPod pre-loaded with a variety of music.
Food & Drink
The excellent restaurant will tantalise your taste buds with exquisite Nepali cuisine. The menu changes weekly based on the freshest ingredients available from the farm on-site, it seems to be all the more delicious knowing exactly where your food is coming from. For a special indulgence, request in room dining, eating on your private terrace is quite divine. The warm and friendly staff make a huge difference to your stay, making you feel welcome and totally looked after.
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