GOKARNA FOREST RESORT:
A MODERN AND STUNNING ESCAPE
by Sarah Cordingley
Located within the city limits of Kathmandu, Nepal and in the Gokarna Protected
Forest, Gokarna Forest Resort is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend getaway. The
resort is a beautifully maintained and wonderfully designed destination, boasting 100 rooms, a conference venue, a luxury, on-site spa, four premium dining options, and a broad range of activities and amenities. The resort blends seamlessly with the surrounding forest, incorporating Malla period architecture and Rana period lodges into its modern and visually appealing design.
The Gokarna Protected Forest was traditionally the private hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal and is now a conserved area, home to a wide range of wildlife. Birds reside in the trees above, while monkeys and small spotted deer call the forest home, and are often easily spotted wandering onto the resort’s expansive golf course.
The Harmony Spa offers guests unparalleled opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Massage rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 12-meter long indoor swimming pool. Professional staff offers numerous different massage options for patrons, all of which are sure to leave guests feeling refreshed. The gym has both free weights and exercise equipment, and guests may request a personal trainer to assist them in their workout.
Dining at the Gokarna Forest Resort is as superb an experience as the spa. Four different dining options offer resort guests a nearly endless variety of cuisine to enjoy. The Hunter’s Lodge Restaurant serves Nepali dishes, while the Clubhouse Restaurant specializes in Chinese and Thai options. The Durbar Restaurant gives guests the ability to sit inside or outside in the courtyard and serves food of all types.
The 8848 MT. Bar and Patio pay tribute to the height of Mount Everest and offers premium wines, champagnes, cocktails, whiskeys, and more, in addition to hot dishes and desserts. Whatever the craving, the resort’s restaurants can satisfy it with ease.
Avid golfers will find much to enjoy at Gokarna Forest Resort. The resort boasts a 6,755-yard par 72 course, which was designed by Gleneagles Golf Development of Scotland. The course is 18 holes and winds through 140 acres of the forested valley below the resort, offering a wonderful experience for recreational and professional golfers alike. Numerous recreational and leisure activities are available on the golf course as well. Gokarna Forest Resort keeps 16 horses and ponies on site and offers trail rides through the forest as well as pony rides for children. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a ride, and every ride is led by experienced guides. In addition to horseback riding, guests can hike in the forest, rent bicycles, play jungle paintball, bird watch, or take a tour of the resort aboard electric and solar-powered golf carts.
The resort’s warm and welcoming interiors will draw guests in and leave them feeling relaxed and immersed in nature. Rooms are designed to invite in the exterior surroundings through large windows overlooking the forest, gardens, and golf course outside and many include potted plants, coaxing the natural elements further indoors. Five different room options are available to guests, varying in architectural style, interior design, amenities, and location of the resort.
The Gokarna Forest Resort is also equipped to offer weddings on site. The resort is an exemplary location for a dream wedding, offering services and settings designed to make it a memorable occasion. On top of the gorgeous natural setting, the resort offers exotic cuisine, horse-drawn carriages, and luxury accommodations; all prepared to the exact specifications of the guests.
The rooms are luxurious, the staff is personable and professional, and the Himalayas soar high above the majestic forested valley.
Opportunities for recreation and relaxation abound at this luxurious, forested resort. Spend a weekend or spend a month, the Gokarna Forest Resort will keep you entertained, pampered, and relaxed for the duration of your visit.