There used to be a time when five-star hotels in Kathmandu were considered as the only luxury resorts in Nepal. However, over the years of development and increase in tourism throughout the country, luxurious resorts have been established all over Nepal. Now, tourists no longer need to worry about finding the best accommodation outside of the Kathmandu valley, in places like Bhairahawa, Chitwan, and even in the Forbidden Kingdom – Mustang! Nepal’s best resorts are not limited to providing only luxury room service or food.
Nowadays, these hotels promote local activities and curate experiences to give guests the perfect life experience in the Himalayan country. Moreover, as a tourist from an English-speaking country, you can feel comfortable at these hotels as their Nepali staff has no issues with speaking English.
Luxury is defined as the state of extravagant living and utmost comfort. It comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes and can be experienced everywhere, especially in resorts. Whether you’re dreaming of traveling to a once-in-a-lifetime destination or looking for inspiration for an event, listed below are Nepal’s best resorts that speak of class, luxury, and exclusive services.
Luxury Resorts in Nepal:
To start off with, lets take a look at the location of the best resorts in Nepal. In the map below you can see the location of:
- Tiger Palace Resort, Bhairahawa
- The Pavilions Himalayas, Pokhara
- Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel
- Kasara Jungle Resort, Chitwan
- Moksha Mustang, Mustang
1. Tiger Palace Resort, Bhairahawa
Located in Bhairahawa, Tiger Palace Resort is just a 30 -minute drive from Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Additionally, the resort is easily accessible from Kathmandu or India, offering guests a premium and sophisticated getaway. The premises are surrounded by palm trees and truly welcome you in an international fashion. The resort is designed by a New Zealand-based architect, the resort has luxurious accommodation, and leisure facilities and offers a lavish fine-dining experience, making it one of Nepal’s best resorts.
The resort offers diversity in regards to different accommodation options with their deluxe rooms, suites, and villas. They currently have 100 luxurious rooms and two extravagant villas. This is a perfect retreat for those seeking a luxury escape from the ordinary monotonous work life! I especially like the villas, though the price tag might be too much for a few. The villas are basically like your home and are truly the “pinnacle of opulence” as the resort tells you when you first arrive. With two bedrooms, a living room, a spacious balcony, and private pool access, the property has style and luxury to match every taste.
As luxurious as it can get, you can keep up with your workout in their fitness center, relax and rejuvenate in their wellness center, get your manicure and pedicure done at their beauty hub or take a dip in their 25m long pool accompanied by a snack and cocktail bar at your service.
The resort also prepares different cuisines from around the world and also has a local restaurant dedicated to Traditional Nepali cuisine. After all, being one of the best resorts in Nepal, a traditional restaurant is probably a must at every resort. For special occasions like weddings, birthdays, or events you can book one of their main in-event spaces and mark the occasion with style and class. And of course, don’t forget to check your luck at their casino.
The casino runs all games in security and complies with all the strict international standards and makes sure that every guest has a fair deal and a fun night! And what better way to while away your spare time than to try your luck at the resort’s casino! If you want luxury in far away Bhairahawa, then Tiger Palace Resort is the place to be.
2. The Pavilions Himalayas, Pokhara
A one-of-a-kind experience in the Himalayas, The Pavilions is nestled in a valley close to Phewa Lake and is one of the most luxurious resorts. It offers a luxurious experience in the country’s most sought-after destination – Pokhara, with views of the majestic Annapurna range.
The resort is surrounded by verdant farmland, lush forest hills, and mountains which makes you feel closer to nature. It is an eco-friendly resort, and the property was built with the call to reduce the human footprint on the environment. Spread over two hectares of land and tucked beneath the hills, the resort truly exceeds your expectations with luxury and sustainability. The eco-sensitive luxury boutique resort has 14 eco-friendly luxury villas and three-bedroom family cottages that were built to showcase the traditional Nepali design in a rustic ambiance put together with modern-day comfort. Their “farm to table” approach lets you enjoy the fresh produce grown on their site.
If you’re not sure how to spend your day in the city, the resort will also help to curate your journey. They will provide you with a list of activities to do around the area, such as farm tours, religious and temple tours, bird watching tours, cooking classes, and mountain biking tours. This is a great way to immerse in the city’s life and experience new things. You can get in touch with the concierge and get everything you need with their help.
After a busy day in the city, you can relax and soothe your mind in their spa – Spa Svastha. They have Ayurvedic therapists and custom-made signature spa products. If that’s not enough, you can stretch your body and release stress and activate your inner chakras by practicing yoga in their Himalayan Yoga Studio. Also, if you don’t want to do any of those activities and just want to chill out, you can head to their pool with phenomenal mountain views. Or head to their resort, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View for an unforgettable experience in Pokhara. They have eight tented villas that offer mesmerizing views of the landscape, Phewa lake, as well as views of the paragliders soaring through the air above the Annapurna Cable Car!
Listed as one of Nepal’s Top 5 Responsible Boutique Hotels by CNN Travels, The Pavilions Himalayas is a true blend of luxury and sustainability. For a luxurious back-to-nature experience, look no further than The Pavilions Himalayas, for it is truly Nepal’s best resort.
3. Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel (Kathmandu)
Synonymous with luxury and high-end hospitality, Dwarika Hotel has already established itself as one of the best hotels in Nepal and has attracted several Hollywood celebrities and renowned diplomats. Built to showcase Nepali architecture, guests are attracted to the authentic feel which is hard to find in many high-end hotels. Then, the Dwarika’s Group went to open one of the most sought-after resorts, Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel.
With the addition of the resort on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley, Dwarika’s resort allows its clients to escape the dust and enjoy a tranquil ambiance accompanied by views of the majestic mountains. Let’s not forget about the hospitality that makes extensive use of Nepali traditions, culture, and heritage. The resort is built on a strategic hillside with a panoramic view of the Himalayas and is an ideal place to let go of time.
You can select from their 40 residential suites that are designed for absolute comfort. The suites are inspired by the natural splendor of the Nepali heritage and offer unprecedented beauty of Dhulikhel. All the suites are furnished with natural and local fabrics (like Pashmina and Nepali Dhaka) and each attention to detail gives a unique personality to each of their suites. With the philosophy of living close to nature, each suite has an indoor and outdoor space. With wide windows built in all suites, wake up to the view of the Himalayas and the hums of the bird and sleep under the starry sky.
Dwarika’s Resort offers various packages, most famously their “Prakriti Bhavin” a 2 Nights-3 Days bundle at a reasonable price. Using the teachings from Vedic and Buddhist Philosophy of wellbeing, invigorate your mind, body, and soul at their Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa complete with an Ayurvedic doctor in attendance, naturopathy expert, astrology masters, Hindu priest, and visiting monk. Don’t miss out on practicing yoga or meditation!
The resort is also known for its use of organic ingredients from its farm. To experience the taste of local food, the resort offers you a walk through their farms picking your own choice of ingredients for a delicious, healthy dish of your choice, made according to your choice. They also have multi-cuisine restaurants that offer healthy, all-natural meals with fresh Nepali spices! Enjoy a drink while you take in a 360-degree view of the valley and the Himalayan range from their Gol Lok Dham Lounge.
Lunch and Dinner service is not exclusive to in-house guests, so walk-in clients and locals are also welcomed, provided they make prior inquiries to ensure a table is available for them. Its mission statement is to “Make a Difference through Respect, Care and Dignity”. And that’s what makes Dwarika’s Resort stand out as one of Nepal’s best resorts.
4. Kasara Jungle Resort, Chitwan
A blend of nature and luxury accompanied by the wilderness of Chitwan, Kasara Jungle Resort offers luxury in the natural setting of Nepal’s prominent Chitwan National Park. The guests can connect with nature with a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor spaces. The resort has used natural wood, subtle shades, and a chic interior that adds to the unique architecture of the resort.
An oasis of serenity, the resort is situated on the borders of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage site. The resort offers an unprecedented experience of luxury nestled between the jungles of Chitwan. Keeping the lush and luxury in mind, Kasara’s rooms are minimalistic and exude contemporary styles that incorporate local materials and architectural heritage to create a rich experience for the guests. The resort has 35 deluxe rooms and two family rooms with a private infinity plunge pool for each room, making it a great hotel while traveling Nepal with your family.
Chitwan is full of adventure for which the resort curates experience to ensure that you have the best time while visiting the city. You can choose from a wide range of exciting activities and programs that include a trip to the Crocodile Breeding Center, jeep safari, cycling, elephant bathing, bird watching, and more.
To top it off, end the night with a magnificent dance performance by a troupe from the local Tharu community – wearing traditional Tharu Dress. After the day ends, guests are offered a taste of locally sourced ingredients which are cooked into exquisite cuisines to exceed your expectations. Enjoy the light breeze and peaceful atmosphere of the Park as you sit back and enjoy your drink.
If you think that all the drinking and activities in the open may have left a mark on your body, you need not worry! Kasara offers special treatments in their in-house spa so that you can refresh, re-energize, detox, de-stress, and relax in their luxurious therapies. With ample space available, Kasara Resort can host a variety of private events and cater to the needs of its customers. From their luxurious rooms to their well-guided tours, Kasara Jungle Resort sees to it that the guests enjoy every moment of their stay and feel pampered. Making it one of my favorite resorts in Nepal!
5. Moksha Mustang, Mustang
Definitely, a magical retreat in the heart of the Forbidden Kingdom, Mustang, Moksha is the perfect place to start your adventure in Mustang. Tucked beneath the Himalayas, the resort provides an ideal base for trekking in the surrounding area, exploring Buddhist culture, or just letting go of time and admiring some of the highest peaks in the world as you bask in the aroma of Nepali incense.
Moksha Mustang blends perfectly into the ambiance of the Forbidden Kingdom and has two options for accommodation. They have deluxe rooms with an adjoining bathroom and offer ample privacy and peace in one of the most inspiring natural landscapes in the world. All rooms are environment-friendly and are designed with locally sourced natural fabrics.
Moksha, one of Nepal’s best resorts, will also assist you to curate an unforgettable experience and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Mustang. You can enjoy the local culture and be mesmerized by the landscape offered by Mustang through different activities like horse riding, cycling, rock climbing, hiking, trekking, archery, and yoga.
The resort has a signature resort that is dedicated to Jomson, known as Dzongsam or New Fort. They say that the cafe’s name is a homage to the administrative and commercial center of the Mustang district. The cafe provides organic and healthy dishes which are integrated with local produce and international flavors to also serve meaningful dishes. Their bar, Fossil Bar, provides ample space and offers a direct view of the 8,000-meter peaks! They also have a spa so you can unwind and rejuvenate after a long trek.
Moksha Mustang is the perfect getaway, literally in the lap of the Himalayas that offers cozy rooms, a multi-cuisine restaurant, a bar, a conference room, and a library! What an ideal place to unwind and forget all your worries in one of the best resorts in Nepal!
Resorts in Nepal: Finding the Perfect Place to Stay
There are so many resorts in Nepal, with more and more popping everyday. However, if you need some help finding the perfect one, or you would like advice on where to travel in Nepal, don’t hesitate to reach out! I plan custom tours in Nepal to help out people from all over the world have the best trip possible while visiting this beautiful country!