Pumdi-Bhumdi, Ward No 25, Chisapani Village,Pokhara, Nepal
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The Pavilions Himalayas
You would barely notice it if you were to pass by on a hike: The Pavilions Himalayas is so lightly set against the pristine Himalayan landscape that it could easily be mistaken for one of the many farmhouses that dot the lush Pokhara Valley. However, a closer inspection will reveal tell-tale signs – the sparkling, saltwater infinity pool perhaps, or the 15 spacious private villas – that give away the fact that before you lies one of the country’s newest and most luxurious five-star retreats.
Scattered across a working farm and surrounded by lush green rice terraces, each of the resort's self-contained villas are peaceful havens. Inside, you'll find a cosy fireplace and lounge as well as a spacious kitchenette, against a backdrop of hardwood floors, stone walls and handwoven Tibetan rugs. Lie back in bed and admire the stunning mountain views through the panoramic, floor-to-ceiling windows or roomy outdoor terrace; or else enjoy a soak in your Jacuzzi bathtub, fed by mountain springs and steeped in Himalayan salts. If that’s not enough, there’s also a lavish spa offering ancient Ayurvedic therapies, an organic restaurant serving farm-fresh produce and a well-equipped gym and yoga pavilion. It’s the perfect spot to pamper yourself post-trek or simply get away from it all, at the capable hands of some of the most attentive staff that you’ll meet on your travels here.
Not content with merely being one of the country’s most luxurious resorts however, The Pavilions Himalayas is also one of the most sustainable. Beneath its rustic exterior, the custom-designed grounds boast a range of cutting-edge eco-technologies that include rain water collection, bio-fuel generators and solar panels that provide uninterrupted electricity round the clock – a stark contrast from Nepal’s notoriously unreliable power supply. It’s a true off-the-grid retreat in every sense: the perfect outcome of when rural countryside charms and modern-day advances meet at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.
Please note: The Pavilions Himalayas is closed annually from mid-July to late August during the monsoon season.
- Bicycle rental
- Car rental
- Children's playground
- Laundry & dry-cleaning
- Free WiFi
- Safety deposit
- Airport transfers
- Swimming pool
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour medical assistance
- Wake-up service
- Multi-lingual staff
- Cooking classes
- Room service
- Non-smoking rooms
- No. of rooms:
- Swimming Pool:
- Disabled Access:
- Recommended for:
- Group Getaways
- Kids Collection
- Back to Nature
- Spa Time
- Luxury Life
What to Know
- All 15 villas feature private terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning mountain views.
- The staff are some of the sweetest and most attentive that we met anywhere on our travels in Nepal.
- The Pavilions' commitment to sustainable design is proof that luxury and eco-friendliness not only can, but should coexist.
KEEP IN MIND
- Evenings here can be quiet – pack a good book.
- The nearest restaurants, shops or amenities are located in Pokhara, a 15-minute drive away.
- Access can be tricky, involving a bumpy ride on a 4x4 vehicle.
- Hotel owner Douglas Maclagan is an award-winning, Nepal-based charity entrepreneur who also founded the Child Welfare Scheme Nepal (CWSN). He's also behind several other projects in the area, including a healthpost in the nearby village of Furse Khola as well as a dairy co-op and numerous organic farming initiatives.
- A large portion of the hotel’s profits are channeled into Maclagan’s latest NGO, Right4Children, to help disadvantaged youth in Pokhara.
- As one of the first luxury eco-resorts in Nepal, The Pavilions Himalayas takes the business of sustainability very seriously. The resort’s design incorporates many state-of-the-art green building features, including insulated villas that require minimum heating; bio-gas and solar-power generators; a self-cleaning swimming pool; rainwater harvesting and grey water filtration; all designed to minimize impact on the fragile surrounding environment and Nepal’s overburdened power grid.
- Where possible, all food is sourced locally from nearby farms, including the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden as well as Maclagan’s own organic farm next door.
IN YOUR ROOM
Starting at a whopping 80 sq. m. (860 sq. ft.), each of the rooms at The Pavilions Himalayas' are enormous, standalone villas. All boast kitchenettes, spacious living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the green fields and mountains beyond. You'll also find a massive outdoor terrace that's perfect for admiring the views.
Inside, the villas are decked out with hardwood floors, traditional stone walls and colorful Nepalese fabrics and Tibetan handwoven rugs that create a comfortable and cosy atmosphere. A gas-powered fireplace and central heating helps keep things toasty during the cooler months. As for modern-day amenities, there's the full works: 42" flatscreen TVs, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and mini-bars stocked with complimentary bottled water, Masala or black tea and Himalayan Arabica coffee. The stone-lined bathrooms are equally impressive, with luxurious rainshowers and an additional Jacuzzi bath tub in the Suites.
The Deluxe Villas boast a luxe Jacuzzi tub fed by natural springs, where you can enjoy a hot bath steeped in Himalayan salts. Covering a whopping 193 sq. m. (2100 sq. ft.), the split-level Pavilions Deluxe Suites offer the full works: a choice of king-sized or twin beds, fireplace, kitchenette, Jacuzzi tub and separate rainshower as well as a separate living area downstairs, for the ultimate in rustic Himalayan luxury. Last but not least, the Gaun Ghar 3-bedroom cottage is located down the road in an authentic village setting and comes with a private butler, making it perfect for families and groups of friends.
A cutting edge, five-star eco-resort, spa and organic farm with a noble cause, nestled in the lush Pokhara valley.
Food & Drink
The Pavilions Himalayas' intimate Club House restaurant serves a selection of traditional Nepalese dishes for lunch and dinner, with a sushi menu thrown in for variety. Think hearty servings of dal bhat (rice with curried lentils, cauliflower and potatoes), lightly-grilled meats and vegetables, steamed dumplings and fresh salads. In keeping with the resort’s eco-friendly spirit, all food is organic and locally-sourced; with rice harvested from the surrounding rice fields, herbs from the in-house garden, meat and dairy from the farm next door and fresh fish directly from Pokhara Lake. The difference in the quality ingredients is tangible – we found everything to be simply delicious. If weather permits, opt to have your meals seated at the outdoor terrace, with nothing between you, the mountains and the clear, starry skies. Special barbecues can also be arranged.
Tucked away behind the central fireplace in the Club House, the Pavilions Himalayas' bar offers a selection of local and imported liquors, beers and a small selection of international wines. Order a cocktail and enjoy the cosy atmosphere and soft music from the comfort of the stylish daybed swings.
Served in the Club House or outdoors on the terrace (weather permitting), the a-la-carte breakfast here was one of the highlights of our stay. Choose from a wide selection of homely, Western-style dishes such as French Toast topped with local honey and fruits; homemade granola and yoghurt; or freshly-laid eggs served with bacon, sausages, homemade cheese and green beans. The ingredients here are wonderfully fresh and organic, sourced directly from the owner’s farm next door. Wash it all down with a cup of freshly-brewed Himalayan Arabica coffee, hot Masala tea or a smoothie.
Float about the saltwater infinity pool and enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.
Kick-start your morning with a yoga or meditation class in the resort's sunny studio and get in touch with your spiritual side. If you feel like pursing things further, sign up for a workshop in yoga, meditation, qigong or reiki at the nearby Ganden Yiga Chozin Buddhist Meditation Centre. Afterwards, head to The Pavilions Himalayas' spa to pamper yourself wide variety of full-body massages, foot-rubs and other healing therapies based on ancient Ayurvedic principles.
Owner Douglas Maclagan is a well-known local farming entrepreneur, with a passion for organic and sustainable farming. Tour his nearby farms, fruit orchards and herb gardens, or sign up for for a hands-on farm-to-table cooking class.
Pokhara is famed for its scenic trails and majestic scenery. Take a hike along the many trails surrounding the resort and watch farmers going about their chores, women spinning yarn, children playing in the fields and other everyday Nepalese village life. Approximately 6.5km away from the resort, Pokhara Viewpoint offers spectacular views across the snow-capped Himalayas.
The Pavilions' helpful staff can help arrange for paragliding, flying, trekking, mountain biking and whitewater rafting activities that will satisfy even the biggest adrenaline-junkie.
Your Booking Makes a Difference
For every booking that you make at The Pavilions Himalayas, Indistay will donate 1% of profits to the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to help fund the post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal's historic monuments.Learn More
Pokhara Airport (PKR) serves a number of domestic airlines from other parts of Nepal, including Kathmandu and Jonsom. Currently there are 6 flights per day from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with a flight time of approximately 25 minutes.
The drive from Kathmandu to The Pavilions Himalayas takes between 4-6 hours, depending on traffic conditions. Hire a car with a driver to take you from any of the travel agencies in town. Free self-parking is available nearby.
FROM THE AIRPORT
The Pavilions Himalayas can provide an airport for US$20 round trip per car (seats max. 4 passengers). We recommend taking this, especially during the rainy months as the surrounding roads are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles.
In The Area
The Pavilions Himalayas is nestled in the tranquil Pokhara valley alongside a meandering river, overlooking the mighty Annapurna mountain range. The surrounding farmland is delightful, with lemongrass and rice terraces and pens of goats and cows making for some beautiful walks. Adventure-seekers will find plenty to do with activities such as paragliding, rock climbing, trekking and white water rafting, while the historical city of Pokhara is just a 20 minute drive away.
Pokhara: 20 minutes by car (11 km)
Pokhara Airport: 15 minutes by car (6 km)
Phewa Lake: 15 minutes (7 km)
Kathmandu: 4.5 hours by car (208 km)