We had the BEST holiday ever!! I cannot find the right words to express what a wonderful time we had at The Retreat in Bhimtal. We enjoyed every minute and spent quality family time..No other Hotel could have matched the welcoming and cosy atmosphere of the retreat. A very comfortable stay indeed.
The view of the Saat taal lake from the forest behind The Retreat was absolutely breathtaking!!
The Padmini & her beautiful children made our stay the most pleasurable and relaxing one, my family and I have found very dear and precious friends in them. The delicious home made food, delicious fruit preserves (Mulberry topped them all!), cakes, Barbeques and bonfires were such a treat! Getting the time and ideal atmosphere to paint was definitely the icing on the cake!
Sharing my painting with everyone to see :) I'd Love to go back to Bhimtal again and again..Just the perfect place to unwind, relax, take long walks,trek, swim, paint, read...or just spend the evening chatting to Paddy sipping some of her delicious coffee & home made Yummmy muffins!
Thank you so much Smetacek family for every thing... Really hope to see all of you again..Soon! :))
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Retreat is a 19th century colonial bungalow set in an oak, pine and deodar forest estate in the Lake District of Kumaon. The welcoming Indo-German family do their best to share their home, lifestyle, and the fascinating history of this 1860’s house that include British influences, the Grandfather who escaped the Nazis, and the Grandmother who is a descendant of Tipu Sultan and the Mughals. Delicious home-cooked meals are prepared every day; ranging from Indian, European, and even some colonial specialties. The area is ideal for barbecues, nature walks, and excursions to the forest that contain lakes ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. The hospitality and personality of Paddy Smetacek and her children make The Retreat an ideal place to be. ... more less