Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge sets the standards for comfortable and luxurious hotel accommodation in Pokhara. This exclusive boutique hotel lodge is just half an hour's drive from Pokhara in western Nepal. Situated on a spectacular hilltop ridge a thousand feet (305m) above the Pokhara Valley, it has panoramic mountain views of Machhapuchhare, and three of the world's 8,000m (> 26,000ft) Himalayan peaks, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. The Lodge sets new standards of elegance for Nepal's second tourism destination with its relaxed atmosphere, tranquil setting, eco-tourism and conservation ethos. It has won several prestigious awards including the PATA Heritage and Culture Gold Award and the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Ecotourism Award. With just nineteen rooms, this luxury boutique hotel provides extreme comfort and total attention to personal service. The Lodge provides a base for diverse activities including walks and day hikes, micro-light flight, golf, tennis, spa therapy, bird watching, fishing, sightseeing in Pokhara, fine food and dining in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
The comfortable rooms are arranged around the hilltop in hand-cut stone bungalows, blending into their surroundings for total privacy. Sited to maximise the breathtaking views and set in natural gardens, all the rooms have a spacious verandas, adjoining bathroom and are furnished with a twin or king sized beds. The lodge is the ideal retreat for honeymoon couples and those wanting smart discreet service in comfortable surroundings. Features include the highest quality Tibetan hand-knotted wool carpets in traditional designs, and original watercolours of the region by the British artist Luke Piper. For pure relaxation, Tiger Mountain Spa services include a range of massage treatments in the privacy of your own room, personal yoga sessions and meditation training. What could be better than an ayurvedic massage to ease tired limbs as part of a post-trek relaxation programme?
The Main Lodge is the focal point for relaxing, with its cosy central fireplace, comfortable seating areas and bar, arranged around an exclusive Nepali-style courtyard. Decorated with local designs, there is an airy dining room and plenty of outdoor terraces for meals al fresco. A special feature is Colonel Jimmy's Library, containing a unique collection of Himalayan mountaineering literature and photographs belonging to the late Col. J.O.M. Roberts, the father of trekking and founder of Mountain Travel Nepal. As well as providing stylish accommodation, conservation and eco-tourism are actively promoted and the Lodge pioneers environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism practices in the Nepal Himalaya.
Award-winning meals feature locally supplied organically grown products of the highest standards. Fresh herbs and salads come from the Lodge’s own organic gardens. Fruits and vegetables are grown in the village. Breakfast is in the English tradition and lunch is a Nepali buffet of a range of authentic dishes using local spices. An alternate light lunch of fresh salads and soups is available on request. Dinner is a daily changing table d’hôte menu including traditional European and British cuisine. Special healthy-eating menu options are available on request. The kitchen welcomes special requests and personal favourites as well as offering a range of menus for children, vegetarians and those with special dietary needs.