Dwarika's Hotel & Resort
Two separate properties operating under the ‘Dwarika’s’ name, both the Hotel and the Resort are the very epitome of Nepalese luxury.
Still owned and run by the family of the founder – Dwarika Das Shrestha – the hotel boasts one of the largest private collections of woodwork in the world, testament to the owners’ continuing desire to preserve and showcase the best of Newari culture. There are only four different standards of room, culminating in the stupendous Royal Suite, set over three floors and with a private terrace. If the budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, at the other end of the spectrum are the Heritage Deluxe Rooms, all of which feature handmade wooden furniture, organically produced hand-woven linen, and most of which face on to the charming courtyard. Should you ever wish to leave the luxury of your room, the hotel has a library, yoga and fitness centre, spa, and a pool modelled on 12th-century Malla Dynasty baths. After a hard day relaxing, there is a choice of a bar and three restaurants, the food at which is mostly sourced from the hotel’s two organic farms.
Describing itself as a ‘holistic lifestyle retreat’, the Dwarika’s Resort is set in magnificent countryside, affording spectacular Himalayan views – views which are undoubtedly best admired from the, frankly unbelievable, infinity pool. Emphasising the philosophy of respecting both nature and the self, the resort has been built to be in sympathy with its surroundings, and operates on a highly environmentally-friendly basis. All three standards of rooms feature both outdoor and indoor sleeping areas; along with all the luxury touches one would expect. Of course, the centrepiece of the resort are the various wellbeing facilities: the Himalayan Salt Room and Chakra Sound Chambers to name just two. The food at the resort is as much a part of the quest for wellbeing as the treatments and accommodation, and is chosen and prepared in line with its philosophy. Whilst not sleeping, eating, or enjoying any of the huge number of treatments available, there are opportunities for painting, cookery, pottery and of course exploring the stunning natural surroundings of possibly the finest place to stay in all of Nepal.