Making its debut in January 2019 as the very first luxury tented eco villa hotel in Nepal, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View sees the introduction of the region’s next hot harmonious hideaway. Located a few rhythms of a boat paddle across the picturesque Phewa Lake away, the property is made up of only eight exclusive villas – the journey and story to which are almost as dreamy as the stay itself.
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The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View joins its sister property The Pavilions Himalayas as the boutique hotel group’s second property in Nepal. Surrounded by rice fields and the Annapurna Himalayas, it aims to be an oasis of calm for those who prefer to take the path less travelled.
And indeed, merely the arrival experience is already a memorable one. Guests are welcomed by a ride on a paddle boat, before taking a short hike on a curved mountain trail to the hotel. Tucked inside a monumental landscape, the lakeside haven sits as a relaxed and private escape, designed to put visitors back in touch with nature, without forgoing the contemporary comforts of a luxury retreat.
Eight open-design villas make up The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View: four Classic Lake Villas (40 sqm), three Grand Lake Villas (50 sqm), and one Royal Lake Villa (82 sqm). Designed with natural and local materials, the tented suites aim to blur the lines of a boundary between interior decor and natural surrounding. Featuring fully retractable wraparound glass doors, they offer an unobscured view of the landscape, for a glamping experience in its most gorgeous form. Unsurprisingly, each villa also includes an al fresco rain shower, because as hospitality trends would have it, a shower in the outdoors is almost always a shower you’ll likely never forget.
Dining menus at The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View change on the daily, ranging from Nepalese cuisine to international flavours, all crafted with local produce cultivated at the hotel’s very own organic farm. Embracing farm-to-table dining to the fullest, guests can enjoy a la carte meals at the Clubhouse, snacks throughout the day, or a romantic barbecue dinner by the lakeside.
Wellness & Activities
Set in a landscape that begs for adventure, the resort provides a host of activities for serious (but also less serious) adventure seekers. Go kayaking on the lake, take a guided walk led by a local naturalist, or, if you’re feeling particularly thrill-seeking, take the four-hour trek to sister hotel The Pavilions Himalayas. For those more roadtrip than rigorous trekking, the hotel also provides a jeep safari transfer on a similar route.
After a long day of mountainside explorations, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View stays true to its aura of an oasis with ample wellness opportunities. Nestled a little away from the villas, a natural mountain spring pool invites a quiet dip under lush green trees, and a unique chance to spot some of the local wildlife. For a rejuvenating spa experience, guests can opt for an ayurvedic massage using foraged botanicals and traditional healing techniques.
A soothing balance between relax and play, The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View weaves the laid-back charm of Pokhara into a quality hotel experience. Whilst Nepal is a rare (albeit definitely a gem) item on the wanderlust list of travellers to the region, the tented villas offer a romantic excuse for city dwellers to escape to the cool mountains. A secluded spot to switch off the smartphone, take in the scenery, and just be.