The Pavilions Himalayas in Nepal is a luxury, eco-friendly resort nestled in the valley of Pokhara and surrounded by the Annapurna mountains. The resort lies just 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Lake Phewa, and is the perfect base if you want to trek the Annapurna Circuit.
The villas are huge, and each has its own private terrace. My Pavilions Grand was a sumptuous 118 m2; there was a huge fireplace, sitting area and work space. The bathroom had his and hers sinks, an oversized bathtub, separate shower and the best feature is that the massive double doors can be opened up to become a part of the main room.
I was travelling with my mum and the kids. They had the Pavilions Grand next to mine, with an interconnecting doorway between the two villas. It was the ideal setup for a family or a group travelling together.
The resort also has a gorgeous infinity pool and jacuzzi. There were comfortable lounge chairs around the pool, and it was warm enough to sit outside and soak in the sunshine even in winter.
The restaurant served up delicious food with local produce, most of which are sourced from the resort’s farm and garden. The generous breakfast is prepared to order, which feels more luxurious than an impersonal buffet affair. There was a choice of baked goods, yoghurt, muesli and juices, and then a variety of local and international cooked dishes. The rice-flour pancakes were particularly good. They were so fluffy and crispy at the same time.
You have to try the Kerala prawn curry there – it was so good that I licked off every last morsel. That and the yak cheese sticks were our firm favourites, but all the food we ate at The Pavilions Himalayas during our stay was fresh and full of flavour.
Sometimes staying at a luxury hotel means being far removed from the locals, hidden away in a large, gated property that could really be anywhere in the world. Not at The Pavilions Himalayas.
The hotel blends into the Pokhara valley – no high perimeter fence here. From the hotel’s infinity pool, I could see right across the valley, watch the farmers work the land and count the buffaloes grazing the field.
The owners work closely with the local community, giving employment to half of the families in the village and teaching the other half new skills so that they can develop their own businesses. They also invest in the local school and health centre. It’s a luxury property that prides itself on being a part of the local village, and I think this shines through in how genuinely happy the hotel staff is. Of course, this makes for perfectly happy hotel guests too.