Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, the only golf resort of Nepal remains peacefully at the magnificent suburb of Kathmandu. Surrounded by splendid forests and the dazzling backdrop of the Himalayan views, Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa is an arresting complement to its exciting surroundings. Traditionally the private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal, the temperate forest has been under preservation since the medieval period for about 500 years. There are two historical buildings; one is since 19th century at the age of Jung Bahadur Rana who used to stay and hunt, and another is Royal Honey Moon cottage.
The hotel, operated since 2002, offers a wonderful venue for events of all kinds, with breathtaking panoramas of the forest and surrounding snow-capped mountains from the hotel’s two meeting rooms. The hotel also features its Harmony Spa, an 18-hole golf course, and an outdoor and indoor pools, which are temperature controlled. A multitude of local holy places await discovery within the enchanting Gokarna forest, and guests often board on secluded picnics, jungle walks, or bird watching excursions. Just outside the city centre, the hotel also provides easy access to explore the markets of the Kathmandu valley.
Location: Le Méridien Kathmandu Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa, peaceful and comfortable sanctuary, is situated in the north-east of culturally enriched capital city of Nepal. The resort is located within 470 acres of the ancient Gokarna Forest, a shelter to birds, spotted deer and monkeys, with looks of the panoramic Himalayas. Set as tranquil haven stay alive in serene harmony with nature and is the wonderful setting for visitors and travelers. The resort’s location is only about 30 minutes from the international airport and the heart of the city where all major business and shopping centers are housed.
Activities (Meetings & Events): The three storied hotel divided in three separate blocks, with the magnificent backdrop of the mighty Himalayan snow-capped peaks and surrounded by forest, facilitated with 65 guest rooms, 2 meeting spaces features event facilities too. One of the conference halls is built inside the hotel building and the small meeting room is set near historical Hunter’s Lodge bar and restaurant, located in the surroundings of the Gokarna forest and beautiful gardens. The place can be ideal for the activities such as receptions, business meetings and conferences. With a capacity to cater for 30 to 200 people, the meeting rooms are well equipped and uniquely situated to provide amazing views of the forest and surrounding mountains vista. Every Friday and Saturday, musical performances both fusion and traditional delight the visitors in exciting echoes.
Additional Features: It is an ideal and vibrant place for relaxation and pampering. The resort’s Harmony Spa capturing essence of the many flavors of Nepal, which combines therapeutic care in a natural environment and overlooks the abundant valley below, is made for guests to visit. Golfers will have amazing opportunity in the resort’s outstanding 18-hole golf course with the 6,715 yard par 72 golf course. Fixed against the backdrop of the snowy mountain peaks; the golf course was designed by Gleneagles Golf Developments and it boasts the only Bent Grass Greens in South Asia making it one of the highlights of the professional circuits in the region. Additional leisure options and hotel services include an indoor swimming pool, massage, sauna, steam, Jacuzzi, medical services, tour service, shopping arcade, business centre, spa facilities and services, whirlpool, all-time room service, currency exchange and the well-equipped fitness facility in Nepal.
Guest Rooms: All 65 rooms and 2 meeting halls are fully furnished with a fusion of modern and ethnic Nepali ambience and overlook lush green Gokarna forest and panoramic views. Tea/coffee making facilities, safe locker, satellite TV channels, mini bar, International telephone dialing system, travel desk, data port, connecting rooms, in room safety and hair dryer facilities are provided in all rooms from where we can see the beautiful yards in front of each room.
Dining: Dining site is set at the courtyard, multi-cuisine restaurant as an international all day dining spot which specializes in an array of, traditional Nepalese, Indian and continental cuisines and offers the views of beautiful gardens and historical Gokarna forest in the relaxed tropical surroundings overlooking the golf course. If fine dining is what you are hungry for, then Hunter’s Lodge Restaurant is where to go. Amidst Nepalese artifacts of tradition and culture, the restaurant serves Nepalese and Indian cuisine and is located in the historic Hunter’s Lodge of the Royal King of Nepal. The Library Lounge and the Bar are both perfect places to enjoy a drink and to spend an evening.
Exclusive Offers for visitors are also available on the certain occasions and ceremonies.
The Dwarika’s – A Heritage Hotel
Kathmandu houses some rare cultural treasures. One amongst them is the Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village hotel. Located just a few minutes drive from Tribhuvan International Airport, the Dwarika’s can be said to be a labour of love of Late Dwarika Das Shrestha. Borne out of his love to preserve old wooden artifacts, the hotel is more or less like an old palace or museum with some artifacts dating back to the 13th century. Dwarika’s has a magnificent building of intricate carved wood and terracotta work created by the best craftsmen in Nepal. Every brick is handmade and every piece of wood work a centuries old original. For its relentless efforts towards conservation of priceless art works, Dwarika’s hotel received the PATA Award for Heritage conservation in 1980.
The hotel has come a long way since it was registered in 1977 with ten rooms, a cluster of brick cottages and courtyard. At present, Dwarika’s boast of 74 guest suites, each with an individual décor. The special ambience of the hotel is ethnic Nepali. As you step inside a intricately carved wooden door, you will feel as though you have stepped upon an oasis. A walk around the courtyard will lead you to discover interesting terracotta figures and a little shrine dedicated to the elephant headed god Ganesh. The soothing sound of water gushing out of traditional dragon headed stone spouts that feeds the aquamarine swimming pool is another cool spot of the hotel.
The hotel has a specialty Nepalese restaurant Krishnarpaan, where you get to dine on dining tables designed with centuries old lattice work. The chef at Krishnarpaan,creates an exotic meal from 6 to 22 courses. Toranrestaurant offers international dining including Continental, Chinese and Indian specialties. There is also a Fusion Bar where one can listen to live jazz music every evening.Lohn Hiti hall with a seating capacity of 100 is ideal for business conferences and seminars.
Some of the suites have private courtyards and all the rooms are furnished with hand printed fabrics and Newari traditional furniture which has been crafted without the use of nails and metal screws. Dwarika’s also runs a carpentry workshop where artisans and their apprentices get to restore and work on wooden carved pieces. For more information contact: Dwarika’s Kathmandu Village Hotel, PO Box:459 Battisputali, Kathmandu : Tel; 977-1- 4473725/ 4472328, Fax: 977-1-4471379: