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Escaping to Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal – Hotel Review

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Focusing on the Himalayan approach to self-care, connecting the mind, body and earth. Dwarika's resort is the perfect place for relaxation, reflection and renewal.

Dwarika's Resort is located at an altitude of 1700m, the resort boasts stunning views of the Himalayas, unfortunately for most of our stay the view was a bit hazy, but on a clear day, you might even see the peak of Everest.

From the moment you get out of the hustle of the busy city of Katmandu, and into this haven of rustic luxury, you feel instantly at peace. Every inch of the resort encompasses their philosophy of wellness, care for yourself and your surroundings.

The resort focuses on the environment, ensuring an eco-friendly retreat that thrives on the offerings of the surrounding environment. The buildings blend into the mountainside, and nothing feels out of place.

The resort is fairly large and hilly, but the views are beautiful and completely worth the walk. However, there are plenty of buggies to get around if you need or prefer.

THE ROOMS

The moment I walked into the room, it took my breath away. The window stretched the height of the room and the view was endless. The simplicity of the design, coupled with the rustic luxury fits seamlessly into the surroundings.

Every aspect of mental, physical and spiritual health is encompassed throughout your stay. Every day we were greeted with a scarf of a particular colour to represent the planet which guides the day, and every night we found almonds soaking on our bedside table ready for the morning.

The bed is absolutely heavenly, but if you need to take a nap during the day, the huge day bed watching over the endless mountains is the perfect spot. But if you'd rather soak up the fresh air, head upstairs to your private roof top terrace!

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THE FOOD

We had three nights at the resort, which was the perfect number to fit in all three of the restaurants.

The food is based on the availability of the produce in their organic farm (which you're welcome to go to and pick your own veg!). Ensuring fresh, healthy meals throughout your stay. There are daily soups made with the freshest ingredients from the farm which were absolutely delicious. The first night we dined at the Krishnarpan restaurant located near the pool. It serves traditional Nepalese food, with curries, dumplings and various accompaniments.

The most interesting restaurant was Mako's Zen. I think the experience was totally worth it, but once was enough for me. The restaurant boasts the warm welcoming simplistic Japanese atmosphere, with the option to sit on chairs or on cushions on the floor.  Mako's Zen offers traditional Japanese food based on the Zen Buddhist diet of monks, focussing on clean simple living. The 7-course meal was vegetarian and had no garlic or onion, which is possibly why it was a bit to plain for my taste. However, if you're staying for more than one night I would definitely recommend giving it a go! If you want to know more about the courses, check out The Yum List's review!

The final restaurant, located near the lobby of the hotel services a mix of Nepalese and international cuisine. The food is very well presented and pleasant, but I wouldn't say I was blown away. The menu varies every night with a few different options based on the locally grown vegetables. This is also where you'll find the breakfast buffet. Although I have to admit I'm a big breakfast fan, and the breakfast was okay, nothing special.

You can also get a cooking lesson with Chef Pramod, who will teach you how to make traditional Nepalese food using incredible spices, which was great fun and very delicious!

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REVIVE AND RELAX

We did the Revival and Relaxation Package, 3 nights and 4 days of total pampering and tranquility.

Our package gave us:

  • Private consultation with the Ayurvedic Doctor
  • Daily Yoga and Meditation session
  • Spa Cuisine (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • One Stress Relieving Massage
  • One Herbal Body Scrub with Steam bath
  • One session of Shirodhara
  • One session of Pada Avayanga

The resort offers many packages so you'll be sure to find one that suits you. But whatever you do, be sure to go to the spa. The massages were absolutely incredible.

Shirodhara involves pouring oils continuously over the forehead to relieve stress, headaches and tension. It was a very unique experience, which I thought was great, my boyfriend however felt it was a slow torture. The steam bath was very interesting, you're locked in a box that's filled with steam!

There is also the option to attend art lessons,  pottery classes, yoga and guided meditation throughout your stay.

Along with the treatments and sessions, you have the option to use the Meditation Maze, Chakra Sound Therapy Chamber, Himalayan Rock Salt Room, Garden of Nine Planets and swimming pool at your leisure.

Unfortunately the swimming pool isn't heated, so it was far too cold for me to actually swim in!

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