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The Dwarika's Resort-Dhulikhel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Dhulikhel
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“Beautiful place ; beautiful staff”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

What a wonderful place to stay. Wish we had had longer. We stayed in a suite and it was huge. The decor throughout is so wonderful mixing old and new Nepalese into something quite quite special. The staff are all delightful and attentive in a calm and gentle manner. I had a fabulous Ayurveda massage in the gorgeous spa area and we ate wonderful Nepalese food. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Rivals anything in Europe.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Ignore any reviews prior to August 2013. The resort underwent a total refit and the new property is amazing.
A wonderful setting, beautiful décor, delightful staff, world class cuisine (Japanese and continental) and spa facilities that rival any in Asia. Attention to detail is obvious at every turn; from the varieties of leaf tea in the rooms, full beds on your private terrace, hidden meditation rooms, stunning swimming pool … We spent a weekend there in November and loved every minute. Planning for a longer visit next time!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

This refurbished resort / hotel was only reopened on 1st October. Even allowing for the fact that this resort has not been totally completed as yet, it is something which is already "pretty special".
Built on the side of a hill (hence plenty of exercise going up stairs), it commands some of the best mountain views possible from a hotel anywhere. In the two nights we spent at this resort, the views of the Langtang Himalaya were stunning, in fact, we believe better than Nagarkot.

Our room, not only commanded great mountain views from the king-size bed, it was immaculately furnished, extremely comfortable and clean. The bathroom was special with the "wow" factor being the black pebble floor. All the amenities you would come to expect in a 5 star hotel room were present plus more. The affinity pool at the top of the complex was breath-taking with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

We went to this resort for the views and the relaxation, and were certainly not disappointed. The resort also includes a "well-being centre" for those guests interested in alternative therapies which incorporates yoga, meditation, massage, etc. It even has pottery classes. We can recommend the massages as very relaxing & professional.

The restaurant food is of top quality and is made from ingredients produced at the resort & Dwarika's local farm. Whilst some may see the menus (particularly for lunch and dinner) as being limited in choice, we found the choices to be very tasty, beautifully presented and more than sufficient. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chef and the restaurant / bar staff for looking after my wife's "gluten intolerance" requirements and for their high standard of service and friendliness.

This resort is not a carbon copy of Dwarika's famous and luxurious hotel in Kathmandu. This resort stands by itself and should not be compared, as it has been developed on totally different philosophies taking into account the local environment and adopting a holistic approach. We believe that this resort, once completed, will have the potential to be something very special in its own right as an internationally recognised resort.

We highly recommend this resort / hotel, and would return given the opportunity.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We spent a night in this hotel, looking for a romantic getaway and the beautiful view on the Himalaya. Unfortunately, if you get a rainy day(as we did), you won't see any mountain, so you can only enjoy the romantic getaway. Not the same level of Dwarika Kathmandu Hotel, but still a very good place. Japanese vegetarian restaurant was a bit boring experience. Nice SPA. The rooms are the best part of this hotel. Comfortable, clean and nicely furnished. Loved the bathroom area. Little bit expensive. Nothing to see in the town of Dhulikhel. Service was great.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I stayed at this hotel a few days after it reopened, not having visited before.
The good: Views truly amazing, bedrooms sumptuous, views from the look out at the top some of the best I have ever seen from a hotel and I've been lucky enough to visit some great ones. The guy behind the bar is lovely and makes the most amazing cocktails. If you are the spa, meditation or spiritual type you might find your zen here. The Japanese restaurant actually had a delicious set veggie menu. Not yet doing fish.
The not so good: as it stands today I was generous to give 4 stars due to shortcomings with food (evening Nepalese meal average), waiters and service from individuals was fine but not enough of them (eg no one by the pool supplying towels) and a few other irritations. But I think you have to treat this place as a brand new hotel and it will take a a while to settle in.
I recommend you visit in 6 months time when they have sorted out their processes, can offer a slick service and better food to match the amazing potential of this unique place. Or go now and appreciate it's not yet as efficient as it's sister in the city. Visually it's fantastic, all guests coming through the door seemed to say "wow", which I heard over and over.
My tip, if you are on a long trip to Nepal, stop here last and for at least 2 nights. You are unlikely to find another property as stunning in Nepal.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

After my less-than-complimentary review of our stay a couple of years ago, it is only fair to report that Dwarkias Dhulikhel has undergone a total change - not just a makeover but a completely new philosophy.

Instead to trying (and not really succeeding) to be a satellite of Dwarika's luxurious hotel in Kathmandu it has been turned into a retreat for the eco-conscious traveller looking for spiritual rejuvenation, detox, meditation and other New Age remedies.

We haven't stayed there yet but a quick look around reveals an entirely new approach with new buildings, new facilities and even an Ayurvedic doctor, Buddhist medicine healer and yoga teacher.

Among the curiosities are spa suites, a "salt room" exploiting the alleged healing properties of natural crystals, a pottery, and organic farms where you can pick your own veg and herbs for dinner.

All the new buildings, we hear, have been made of eco-friendly materials by local craftsmen to a very high standard. And of course there still are those breathtaking views of the mid-Himalaya range.

It's not my particular idea of fun but could be an ideal getaway for those interested in a taste of alternative lifestyles, Chakra Sound Therapy, Zen Cuisine, Cosmic Pillars and "harmony between mind, body and spirit".

Spiritual harmony does not come cheap. Rooms start at $320 (£200) per night for a single all the way up to $1,800 (£1,150) for the Royal Suite with its own private kitchen and personal chef. Plus, of course, the ubiquitous 10% service charge and 13% tax.

With the world as its market, presumably there is a demand for an unusual resort like this. On the basis of what we've seen I will give it four stars and let future guests make up the rest.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

...that you will probably ever see from your hotel room so its worth staying here just for that! Our double room was simple and clean. Hot water for showers, just don't take too long. Good food and service. It was quite busy during our stay so the lobby, dining room and bar with fireplace were always buzzing with people (in a good way). Walked up to the top of the hill two days in a row to watch the sunrise - which is amazing if you are lucky enough to be there on a non-cloudy/hazy day.

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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: The Dwarika's Resort-Dhulikhel
Address: PO Box 459, Dhulikhel, Nepal (Formerly Himalayan Shangri-La)
Location: Nepal > Central Region > Bagmati Zone > Dhulikhel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Dhulikhel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dwarika's Resort-Dhulikhel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the Himalayan foothills outside Kathmandu, The Dwarika's Resort-Dhulikhel is opening in August, 2013. This will be a spectacular property offering guests the chance to enjoy unique Himalayan spa treatments, gentle hiking and other activities, and organic cuisine prepared with ingredients from our own farms- all with a magnificent view of the Himalayan range ahead. ... more   less 
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