This is a very peaceful, quiet place to stay in a very noisy, crowded Katmandu. In the mornings and evenings, there are spotted deer grazing on the lawn outside the rooms. Our room was large and roomy, clean and cheery with a big picture window overlooking the grounds. The bathroom was huge with a big sunken tub. There are monkeys on the grounds that apparently can invade your room if you leave the window open while you're not there and that happened to one of our travel mates but she swore she kept the window closed (the cleaning people were in there and we think they left it open). The simian invasion resulted in some victimized snacks but the hotel was kind enough to overlook the purloined munchies and they didn't charge for the missing food. The grounds are expansive, there's a golf course and even a working shrine with early morning and early evening chanting in the park. The main lobby with a peaceful open air atrium is surrounded by a souvenir store with relatively good prices and quality items. The bar has free Wi-Fi and the dining options are surprisingly good. The Thai restaurant is a short hike away with presentable Thai food. The hunting lodge serves authentic Nepalese cuisine and was tasty and the breakfast with made to order eggs was quite impressive given the locale and the circumstances. One thing that was surprising was that another guest was riding in a car on the long driveway to the hotel and spotted two jaguars crossing the road! Even if you don't get lucky with wildlife spotting, the hotel was a real bright spot on our trip to India and Nepal.
- 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