· Location: Perched at an impressive 5,000 feet above sea level, it is a feat to reach this resort, though such remoteness guarantees an intimate experience and breathtaking views.
· Zen: From a spa to morning classes to a meditation maze, this resort provides no shortage of opportunities to find physical and mental relaxation.
· Activities: Never mind the natural beauty and fresh meals, with meditation sessions, arts and craft classes, and a library there are plenty of ways to fill one’s day.
Located in Dhulikhel, just one hour’s drive from Kathmandu, Dwarikas’ Dhulikhel has 36 select elegant guest rooms and many unique 5-star facilities. The charming resort looks over unparalleled vistas of the extended Langtang range of the Himalayas. From the top of the resort there is a 360-degree view of the mighty Himalaya and the Kavrepalanchowk valley. The rustic-chic décor, hillside setting, sincere Nepali hospitality and fragrant cuisine create a warm Nepali atmosphere in the luxury property. The resort has three distinct restaurants that use fresh ingredients grown in Dwarika’s local farms. Amenities range from an infinity swimming pool, a cozy bar and a hilltop lounge to a library and a meeting room. On-site well-being and recreational activities include yoga, meditation, pottery and mandala making and Himalayan rock salt therapy. Alternatively, the resort even offers lessons on Hindu astronomy and the energy of the navagraha (planets) as well as Buddhist philosophy and Nepalese culture and geography.
The 39 suites of three different categories all feature hardwood floors, rafters in the ceilings, and a distinctive Nepalese décor boasting gorgeous fabrics. Bathrooms are fitted with both a shower and spacious tub, along with a variety of toiletries.
With 120 square meters of space, the junior suite features an outdoor living space and shared deck, which furnishes incredible views of sunrises and sunsets.
Spanning 150 square meters, the spacious Executive Suite was designed with comfort and privacy in mind. It features a bedroom, open bathroom, outdoor living area, and a private garden or spacious roof terrace which furnishes stunning views.
Also referred to as the Dolpo Suite, this accommodation reflects the luxury and peace of Nepal's spectacular northernmost region. Boasting an impressive 350 square meters of space, this suite features an expansive terrace fitted with a sumptuous outdoor lounge and sleeping area from which guests can gaze out at the stunning natural scenery surrounding the resort. The suite is also fitted with a private kitchen to which a chef can be appointed on request.
From early morning yoga classes to the resort’s meditation maze, all facets of Dwarika’s Dhulikhel Resort are focused on helping guests find spiritual and physical peace. Guests can relax at the beautiful infinity pool, rebalance their Chakras in the Sound Chambers, or enjoy therapeutic massages at the on-site spa. There are also arts and crafts classes for guests who find serenity through such activities, and an extensive library where they can delve into the resort’s practices from a more academic standpoint.
Pottery, painting, and cooking classes are held daily by local artisans and chefs, providing guests with a creative outlet that leads to deeper relaxation.
In yogic philosophy and Buddhist medicine, Chakras – the centers of our body’s energy – can be balanced and maintained via a variety of methods such as color, light, sound, positive energy, and crystals. All of these elements have been integrated into the resort’s Chakra Sound Chambers, where guests are able to work on rebalancing their Chakras personally or with the assistance of a guide.
Surrounded by lounge chairs, the hotel's glorious infinity pool sits upon the hillside and looks out over the surrounding natural scenery.
This carefully curated library is a place where guests can immerse themselves in the knowledge and sounds of the Himalayas. The library features an extensive collection of books and documentaries on holistic lifestyle practices, Vedic philosophy, Buddhist medicine, spiritual wellbeing, and health topics.
This grass meditation maze is surrounded by eighty-four Shiva Lingas, cosmic pillars intended to confer the healing energies of the earth and universe unto guests. This serene spot is also an excellent location for meditation.
The resort's on-site spa offers a range of treatments that draw on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, Buddhist medicine, and rare medicinal herbs of the Himalayas. Located in lush woodlands, several spa suites are designed to allow individuals and couples to enjoy treatments with complete privacy and comfort.
Under the guidance of the resort's yoga master, several yoga sessions are held each day. These classes predominately feature Hatha Yoga which concentrates on postures and breaths, seeking to deliver guests with a deeper sense of serenity. Guided meditation classes are also held daily.
This cozy space is constructed of stone and heavy wood, and fitted with an area for fires to warm people's bodies on chilly nights.
An hour's walk from the resort, its terraced fields are manned by a small team of farmers. Here, guests can help pick the vegetables and herbs for their next meal, or even enjoy a lunch as prepared in the rustic farmhouse.
This Japanese restaurant serves dishes that are based on Zen Buddhist culinary techniques; namely, these dishes focus on the five tastes (hot, sour, sweet, bitter, and salty), five colors (red, white, black, green, and yellow), and five ways of cooking (fresh, boiling, roasting, steaming, and frying). These vegetarian dishes help bring guests to a higher level of serenity.
This restaurant serves guests with a range of culinary experiences that are derived from the Himalayan region and beyond. All the ingredients are sourced from the resort's local farm.
Set beside the infinity pool, this wood-and-glass-paneled restaurant looks over the Himalayan mountain range and serves international dishes along with a selection of sweets.