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Te Aroha Dhanachuli
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dhanachuli
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Te Aroha is a charming boutique mountain resort that spells bespoke luxury. The service is discreet, yet very personalised. The staff consists of boys who hail from the local villages but have been trained to deliver immaculate service with a generous 'smile'. The rooms are tastefully done up in soft muted shades of peach, powder blue and mint green and they house some very fascinating pieces of antique furniture and various other objects of art, which keeps the guest engaged. The rooms offer spectacular, unhindered views of the snow capped peaks and the staff is more than happy to assist you on a village walk or a trek, depending what kind of an activity you may like to engage in. Overall, the stay, the service and the location leaves you feeling rested and pampered!

Room Tip: Book the 'Long House' if you are a honeymoon couple!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The resort is approachable, yet secluded, set in the sleepy little village of Dhanachuli. If you are looking for a loud music, television in the room, and several touristy spots, this is not the place for you. The resort does not offer DJ and the bed rooms do not have TV sets. However, the resort's library has a wonderful collection of books, and the rooms are so tastefully done that you can spend considerable time just exploring the wonders. We stayed in a room called "The Long House" which was so beautifully done that it took us quite some time to take it all in. But each room of the resort is different. We had the opportunity of peeking into a couple and were stunned by how much effort has gone into furnishing each.

The hotel has hot water and electricity back-up. The chef is extremely talented and we tasted some lovely continental, Indian, and Chinese food. Overall, our experience was excellent and we couldn't have asked for more.

There is no gym, no swimming pool, and no spa...but these didn't matter to me because these don't fit in the overall scheme of things anyways...

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Our first road trip and our first time driving in the mountains. Getting to Te Aroha from Delhi was an easy 7 hour drive. We left by 4:30 am and after crossing lovely traffic free highways, hit the horrible Rampur portion that resembles the Moon's surface more than an important link road. Our pace slowed down considerably, but the fun had just begun.
Post monsoons the mountains were green and lush, the air was cool and everything looked pretty.
The staff were great with directions and by 1:30 we were greedily tucking into Lunch that had been waiting for us.
It's acid yellow roof, wooden stairs, eclectic antiques and pops of colour around the property, give it a quirky feel. That is till you enter your room. Tastefully colour blocked with a lovely antique bed, mattresses that you literally sink into, clean and neat bathrooms with running hot water, the rooms are minimal and classy. Some of them feature long balconies while others have their own private terrace, each with a wonderful view of clouds rolling through the mountains. We were in heaven.
We stayed in 3 Steps Down named literally because it was 3 steps down. All white with pops of purple, windows that opened up to a sitting area with a panoramic view of the valley below and snow capped mountain peaks on a clear day. It boasts of a pretty large bathroom with it's own sitting area !
The Oak Room is their dining area, named after the Oak trees that continue to grow through the roof. The food served is decent with various courses, we felt it could have been much better (pretty much the only down side of the place, value for money wise).
Te Aroha also has a TV room and an activity room where we enjoyed a game of table tennis with decadent sunset views as backdrop.

The whole space has a warm feel, even on a chilly night in September. As the sounds soften and dusk rolls in, settle in with a glass of wine or vodka (bring your own as they are yet to receive their liquor license), enjoy some snacks and romantic music wafting from various parts of the property, cuddle up with your lover or share some laughs with friends.

The sky is like velvet by night, clean and clear, stars twinkle and slowly fill the vast space above with constellations and shooting stars. With a bonfire for company, my husband and I enjoyed our last night on one of our most romantic vacations to date.
We spent our holiday getting utterly pampered (Rajesh from their staff must be specially mentioned), as the only guests staying at the time we had a lot of privacy and solitude. Te Aroha is truly a place of love, made with love.
We cannot recommend it enough !


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We spent our time walking around beautiful Dhanachuli and driving to Mukteshwar(13 kms away). We also visited Nathuakhan, a village close by and enjoyed a Maggi lunch in a local shop. Do visit the Kilmora store near by and support the people of Kumaon by buying a shawl or 2 handcrafted by them. Read a book from the Te Aroha library. Enjoy various board games or TT in the activity room. Watch satellite TV or choose a movie from their DVD library. Join the locals for a game of volleyball.]

Room Tip: View is better from the top floors Old wing is warmer New wing rooms are great if you are in a big...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SimKal
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We visited Te Aroha in June....And I must say, it was an amazing Holiday. We reached at around 11am in the morning and as soon as we entered Te Aroha, we fell in love with it....Neat & clean aisles, yellow roofs, smiling faces, awesome collection of furniture...it had everything to make it lovable...

We stayed in "Three Steps Down" suite…...small, cozy and stylish....one the best I have ever stayed in....the color of sheets, curtains, crockery (in the room) - all in sync.....lots of attention to details...

The restaurant, cafe flashback, the lobby makes you feel at home....and not to miss - the Library and small Playing Cards Room.....amazing amazing amazing...

All this is wonderfully supported by a very humble, efficient and smart service team…...and this is the feature which when clubbed with the tangibles, transforms Te Aroha hotel into an experience.....

Room Tip: Three Steps Down...full view of the mighty Himalayas
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Amish7us
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Te Aroha is truly what a stay in the mountains is meant to be....it is far away from the crowds that throng most hill stations today....beautiful panoramic views and a staff that goes out of its way to make your stay comfortable, memorable.

We stayed for 3 nights and even without doing anything (no hiking or any sight seeing or watching TV) we still felt that time just magically flew by. The resort has around 9-10 rooms and we were allotted 3 rooms in the new wing...The Morning Sun, Black Roof (both on the 1st floor) and the front room on the ground floor. The Morning Sun is a better room than the Black Roof - has a wardrobe and a high bed (which then allows for luggage to be stowed away under the bed, thereby making the room more spacious). The views from the balcony are fabulous and lots of chairs, sofa provided - so one can just sit out there for hours.

The food was good and the Chef goes out of his way to ensure that you have a good meal. The staff confers with the guests and informs them well in advance of every meal and menu selection, so that if you want to order something else you can do so. But food aside, it is the hospitality and the warmth of the staff that ensures that everything else is secondary. Would like to make special mention of Rajesh and Vinod here...

Am already looking forward to my next trip to Te Aroha :)

For people planning to visit Te Aroha, do take detailed directions from the staff as all long the way there are no signages...so after Kathgodam, one needs to be vigilant till one safely reached Dhanachuli

Room Tip: The Morning Sun is a better room than the Black Roof - has a wardrobe and a high bed (which then all...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed at te Aroha with my wife and three year old daughter for two days. The place is a hidden gem that not many people are aware of. It is one the best boutique hotels in the area.The place is calm and tranquil with a splendid view of the snow clad Himalayas from every room. Watching the sunrise ans sunset with a cup of coffee from the place is a treat. Or you can spend your day basking in the sun just lounging around on the garden swings.
The place is very tastefully decorated and can give even the best five star hotels a run for their money as far as the decor and ambience is concerned. Each and every item is handpicked and reflects excellent taste and interest of the owner. Infact, the place feels more like a tastefully done up house than a hotel.There are so many small little personalised touches all over the place that add to the effect.
The owner of the place Sumant Batra was also at Dhanachuli while we were staying at the resort. This added to our fine memories of the place. He suggeted us to visit Mukteshawar Temple nearby and also try the adventure activities that are organised in the area. He also took us on a heritage walk to a nearby village and with his anecdotes and vast background knowledge, it was one the best heritage walks we ever had.
The evenings were a special either sitting by the fireplace chatting up with other guests and Sumant or enjoying the barqeque in the lawns.
The chef of the place deserves a special mention as he tossed up really delicious meals through out our stay. The staff was responsive and friendly.
Overall an excellent place to unwind and relax in the mountains far from the crowd.

Room Tip: choose the rooms in the new building as they have a better view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I like hills .. Unfortunately most of the popular destinations are too crowded ... this place is as far away from crowd as you can get ... in a remote setting on top of the Hill between the clouds .. amazing location ... staff is very courteous and cordial ... food options are as much as the cook can cook .... beauty of the place is that there is nothing to do and no tv in the room ... but once you find yourself in the middle of nature you just forget for once about your job or tv programs or Facebook etc and start living in the moment ... this place is awesome and would come here again in winters when snow is there ...

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: Dhanachuli Bend | Near Mukteshwar, Dhanachuli 263132, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Nainital District > Dhanachuli
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dhanachuli
Price Range: $143 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Te Aroha Dhanachuli 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Te Aroha is a boutique resort located amidst the scenic surroundings of Dhanachuli. The original structure of a British style summer house that once stood on the property has been successfully preserved to retain its original charm. Furbished thematically, the 4 spacious suites and 6 luxury rooms offer spellbinding views of Dhanachuli’s landscape and the snow peaked mountains. Huge decks and terraces, antique furniture, massive glass windows and the high ceilinged lobby replete with carefully selected furniture can transport you through time to the bygone elegance of the colonial era. Our personalized service, presented in an atmosphere of understated elegance, is sure to leave you with wonderful memories. ... more   less 
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