Saturday, 14 February 2015

Pokhara, Relax in 5 Star Waterfront Resort

 Swimming Pool by the Phewa Lake at Waterfront Resort, Pokhara ©Solange Hando

Located on the edge of town, framed by wooded hills and glistening water, the 5 star Waterfront Resort is a lovely oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can see the snowy peaks a short walk away along the lake.

 There is a rough stretch of road to get to the hotel but as soon as you head down the long driveway, it's all worth it. The pool beckons with cool bracing water, fabulous views of the hills and barely a sound as paragliders land in the meadow just yards away.

Five Star in Pokhara ©Solange Hando

This is a stylish hotel (member of KGH group) with a spacious reception com lounge and corridors graced by traditional Nepali carvings and black and white pictures of local life.

The Resort is perfectly oriented to make the most of the views, from the hill of Sarangkot to the southern ridge where the sun sets all pink and gold over the Peace Pagoda. The front of the hotel faces the lake but rooms at the back also have lake views beyond the paddies.

Deluxe Room ©Solange Hando

The hotel boasts 3 suites and 60 deluxe rooms, spacious with light walls and parquet floor contrasting with dark wood furniture.

All have free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary mineral water, and lake views from balconies and floor to ceiling windows.

Dining Room with Wood Carving and Decorative Fireplace ©Solange Hando

The Aquabird and Alfresco restaurants offer a choice of Nepali, Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine, as tasty as you would expect and served with a smile. You will also find a Noodle Bar and Illy Coffee Shop.

Other facilities at the Waterfront Resort include a business centre, airport transfer and a travel desk for sightseeing, outdoor activities or a ride up to Sarangkot for a memorable sunrise over the iconic Fishtail and Annapurna.

Looking across Phewa Lake towards the Waterfront Resort ©Solange Hando

But if you'd rather explore on your own, it's just a 15 minute walk along the lake into town or if you're feeling a little laid back, you can hop on the free hotel shuttle which goes back and forth at specific times until early evening.

Should you need a taxi to go out, you'll have to contact reception but on the way back, you will find plenty of them in town ready to test your bargaining skills,

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