Great resort - wonderful surroundings. A very peaceful, quiet and relaxing retreat following a day of trekking or just seeing the sights in Kathmandu. Restaurant in the hotel has a very varied menu, fit for all tastes. I was just there on a very short visit to Nepal, since I work in the UAE, couldn't miss the opportunity of the lifetime. Was referred to the Gokarna Forest Resort and so happy I was. For a first time visitor to the area, plus being an old, typical spoiled American who needs some creature comforts, this spot had it all. While the trip from the airport was very bumpy (the roads are truly part of the adventure of the visit), getting to the resort made you forget anything negative of the trip. The staff is exceptional, in particular I have to single out Lasta (rhymes with pasta she told me) - she helped me with everything I needed and more so. Being a Parkinson's patient has it's own challenges, but Lasta, along with the rest of the staff, were very accommodating and thoroughly helpful. And the bed was big enough for my 6'6" frame. I can't endorse this place enough. You will not be disappointed. Except I didn't see any monkeys who you are warned about by keeping your windows closed. Thank you everyone at Gokarna!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gokarna Forest Resort... A tranquil Heaven to quiet Hideaways.Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on exotic Forest View cottage rooms are set beside a century old restored Hunter's lodge. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for a few days of golf, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, enchanting forest walks, and time close to nature. SPA & HEALTH CLUB Amongst majestic trees on the edge of a plateau overlooking Gokarna Forest and the grassed valley below, Harmony Spa combines therapeutic care with a natural environment impossible to recreate elsewhere. Included are a variety of rejuvenating courses, emphasizing Ayurvedic treatments within Ayura, a dedicated Ayurvedic treatment area, the Adam & Eve, and Serenity massage rooms. The Health club encompasses Apsara, the Beauty Treatment center, an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, luxurious changing rooms each with a Sauna, Steam room, and Jacuzzi. The large well equipped gym, the finest in the country, overlooks the forest through large windows. GOLF COURSE Against the backdrop of the snow capped Himalayas, close to the heart of Kathmandu city, South Asia's finest, and one of the world's most spectacular Golf Resort Courses is stunningly set within 470 acres of the hundreds years old Gokarna Forest Reserve. Designed by David Kidd (Gleneagles Golf Developments of Scotland), the 6,715 yard par 72 course boasts the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia, making it one of the highlights of the professional tour circuits in the region. The serenity and setting are overwhelming. Deer and monkey wander freely, as will the spirits of all who enter. Truly an enchanting sanctuary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gokarna Forest Hotel Kathmandu
- Kathmandu Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Kathmandu