Views over the magnificent The Pavilions Himalayas
The eco-friendly resort is nestled amongst the lush, green valley of the Annapurna region, a short trip from the essential trekking stop off point of Pokhara.
The unique, showpiece facility is well aware of its surroundings, and provides a luxurious, consciousness stay, within touching distance of the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountain range.
Upon arriving at this hidden gem I was greeted with a smile and salute from a genuine Gurkha soldier.
The attention to detail continued with an intimate greeting upon arriving with a drinks reception over-looking the infinity pool, perfectly nestled among the foliage with a spectacular valley view.
The Pavilions Himalayas prides itself in its contribution to their surroundings, and integrating itself into the local environment.
It is self-sufficient, growing and sourcing local food, and producing its own energy, maintaining its excellence without detriment to quality.
This philosophy allows you to enjoy the experience, and immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings, unlike a more imperious large-scale hotel.
General manager Rajiv Shrestha tells me: “The Philosophy is to create awareness and lifestyle culture of our own, giving all our efforts to live Green and to enjoy the most amount of comfort.
“From our own water source to recycling water, using bio gas from our farm, we are self-sustainable with very little impact on the environment.”
The food was personalised to taste and diet.
Pavilions Himalayas provides a custom-made experience, from location to the dinner table.
I enjoyed seasonal, locally farmed delicacies, such as the outstanding ‘Chisapani’ mushrooms.
The restaurant is a highlight even for non-habiting guest, due to its countless local endorsements.
Pavilions Himalayas can organise excursions, and sightseeing trips, and there are plenty to choose from.
From zip lining and bungee jumps to temples and boat trips, the area around Pokhara has a host of activities to suit different types of traveller.
Paragliding in the scenic setting is something not to miss out on, and can be organised problems by the dedicated team.
I took the short trip to the Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), one of eight erected by Japanese designers in the 1940s, at the top of a hill overlooking Pokhara, with a local guide.
I also had time to relax beside the lake, taking in the numerous hippy bars that have graced the lakeside area since the 1970’s.
Trekking can easily be arranged in Pokhara.
With a fantastically friendly, local guide I managed to organise my forward journey up into the mountains, glimmering on the horizon beyond the Pokhara valley, of the Annapurna conservation area.
The sacred peaks add to the beautiful ambience of the region and are a constant feature of enormity and awe.
Having time to explore the highest peaks on earth, even from a distance is a high point of any stay in the region.
‘Giving back’ is the Pavilions’ mantra.
And with its eco-credentials and personalised experience it is not only giving back to the community but also shares its bespoke qualities to the patron, which can be missing from other establishments.
The Pavilions Himalayas is a fantastic alternative to staying in Pokhara, residing within touch distance yet feeling remote enough to immersive yourself in the sheer beauty of the Himalayan countryside.
Far removed from every-day life, The Pavilions Himalayas boutique resort is nestled in a valley near Phewa Lake, Pokhara, Nepal. Surrounded by farmland, forested hills and a mountain fed river, the property’s 15 luxurious, eco-friendly villas form a naturally beautiful landscape.
Find out more on the official website.
Words: Adam Kahan.
Images courtesy: The Pavilions Himalayas