The Luxe List 2014:Â Dwarikaâ€™s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
An hourâ€™s drive from Kathmandu, where Dwarika Das Shrestha opened Nepalâ€™s first hotel in 1952, Dwarikaâ€™s daughter has cut the ribbon on the countryâ€™s first spa resort and wellness retreat. Set on the outskirts of the temple-filled town of Dhulikhel, it focuses on complete wellbeing of the mind and body, which begins with immersion in the remote surroundingsâ€”an easy thing to do here, where jaw-dropping views of the Lantang range of the Himalayas await at every turn. Nearly everything is sourced locally, from the materials fashioning the 40 suites (starting at a spacious 120 square meters) with unbleached cotton for the linens, copper fittings, wooden exposed beams and furnishings, and rough-cut stone, to the food served in the trio of organic restaurants, which employ ingredients grown at a farm nearby. But the real draw is the extent of the services. To fill your personalized program, thereâ€™s a Himalayan salt room, chakra sound chamber, and full menu of spa treatments; astrologists, therapists, and a resident sage. Take their recommendation and start days with sunrise strolls through the meditation maze, and come night, head up to the rooftop terrace for stargazing.
977-11/ 490-612; Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel; doubles from US$360