The tranquility of Hotel Mystic Mountain in Nargarkot strikes you as soon as you arrive. It is simply stunning and was the perfect place to soak up a little luxury during a vigorous two-day hike along the rim of the Kathmandu Valley starting at Changu Narayan. We hiked in but travelling by car would take a couple of hours on winding, hair raising roads from Kathmandu to reach the village of Nargarkot. The hotel is nestled into the lush green hillside above the houses and terraces.
Dramatic pointed roofs, white walls and mosaic tiling and stone work in muted shades of red make for beautiful looking hotel. Inside you’re welcomed by warm colours, dark wood and rattan furniture. The light floods the whole interior and when you approach the glass walls in the reception, restaurant and stairwells the view will literally take your breath away. There are small touches of Buddhism here and there and a few pieces of modern art so that old and new are all mixed up with the overwhelming wonder of nature.
The incredible view
In fair weather the gorgeous green Kathmandu Valley and dramatic Himalayan mountains, including Everest, lie at your feet. Sitting on the terrace sipping delicious coffee or an expertly made cocktail is like relaxing in the sky. When it gets misty the clouds roll in and the view is a different kind of spectacular, I can see why they call it Mystic Mountain. Each of the hotel rooms have a private balcony terrace with a mountain view and the fabulous infinity pool seems to hover in the clouds.
Leaving the curtains open and waking up to the view is a luxury guests have even in the standard rooms which is lovely. The shape of the hotel, 60 rooms all facing the valley, makes the rooms feel very private.
The décor is very similar to the public parts of the hotel. White walls, rattan furniture and accents of orange and green give a very natural feel. The bathrooms are marble and Executive Suites have a jacuzzi. There’s free wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities and all that you would need for a comfortable hotel stay. Loved the fact it has USB ports by the bed, perfect for charging all your phones and camera ready for the next day trekking.
You are welcomed to the hotel by a smartly dressed gatekeeper, the beaming reception staff are super welcoming and check in was a breeze, the concierge kindly offered to take my heavy, dusty backpack to my room unperturbed. I felt that all kinds of people must stay here and feel at home, from weary hikers, to fun seeking families and couples looking for peace and luxury.
- The Spa is luxurious and tranquil with all the treatments you would expect delivered by lovely therapists.
- Yoga sessions happen in the gym and out on the lawn for a Savasana with the best view in the world.
- An infinity pool, bubble pool and sun terrace. You will feel like a film star as you relax with a book and then complete your lengths amongst the clouds.
- The fully equipped gym, if you really must train, has treadmills overlooking the valley.
- Outdoor activities are great for families with hiking the local trails, picnics and mountain biking on offer.
- Reiki or meditation sessions. These alternative, natural therapies using mystical energies and relaxation are the perfect pastimes in a hotel such as this.
Café Divine serves a wide range of delicious food at breakfast and dinner buffets. The buffet style of eating is a great idea for a hotel with a clientele as diverse as here. The restaurant has a panoramic glass wall so that no-one misses out on gazing mesmerised into the far distance. It’s a large, light filled room so even when full it doesn’t feel busy or squashed. There are huge natural wooden beams, a polished floor and the warmth feeling that is a theme throughout the hotel makes dining a real pleasure.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a stay at the Hotel Mystic Mountain. The view is undeniably the star of the show but the hotel itself is an oasis of peace, subtle luxury, happy staff and tasty food. To make the most of the dramatic golden sunrises and sunsets avoid Monsoon season (June to September) or you get the dramatic cloudy skies like me, pretty awesome too!
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