Mountain Views: The Pavilions Himalayas Review

The Pavilions Himalayas view looking from the room to the gardens

While on a recent trip to Nepal I needed some time away from the bustling city of Pokhara to relax. Normally I am an avid hiker and would’ve escaped to the mountains to do some trekking, but that was not in the card. Instead I decided to book a few nights at the Pavilions Himalayas, a short distance from the city center of Pokhara.

The hotel prides itself on being an eco conscious resort and providing back to the community. 

Located between rice patties and wilderness this hotel was the perfect place for me to rest and recharge for the rest of my trip to Nepal. Here is my honest review of the Pavilions Himalayas and what you can expect if you visit.

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Booking The Pavilions Himalayas

Booking Pavilions Himalayas

It is important to note that near Pokhara The Pavilions Himalayas does have two locations. One being the Farm and one being the Lakeview. For my trip I decided to stay at the Farm. When it comes to booking the hotel there are a few options. 

The Pavilions Himalayas Farm is part of the Mr & Mrs Smith collection, while the Lakeview location is not. This is a great option due to the recent partnership between Hyatt and Mr & Mrs Smith making this property bookable by points. 

At the time of my booking there was also a promotion by Mr & Mrs Smith to get $50 USD off a night stay. I chose to book the Pavilions Chalet, a two split-level room. The price started at $189 USD, but it was reduced to $139 USD after a $50 deduction. This was too good of a deal for me and not worth a points booking.

Be sure to check what is included in each room, not all rooms have air conditioning. I know this is a game changer for some visitors, especially at a luxury resort. The Pavilions Chalet did include air conditioning, however I ended up never using it. 

It is also important to note that booking through Mr & Mrs Smith usually offers some sort of benefit. For this booking I received free dinner on my first night.

Check In

The Pavilions Himalayas Farm is located only about 25 minutes away from the city center of Pokhara. I know I said I was trying to escape the busy city and this seems close, but I promise you it is in a secluded area. The hotel offers transportation at $23 USD each way, so I decided to just take a taxi. 

I recommend using the taxi app InDrive when visiting Nepal. It is a great app that works around the country and is affordable plus you don’t need a Nepalese phone number. The app had quoted me 300 NPR, but most of the drivers that accepted would ask for more because it was outside of the city center. I ended up paying 800 NPR, which at the time of writing this is $6 USD.

The roads are not well maintained so expect for a bumpy ride, although if you have already been traveling around Nepal this won’t be a surprise. When I arrived, a friendly security officer greeted us and personally guided me to the check-in location.

When I arrived, the resort was completely empty, though it consists of only 14 rooms. Upon arriving I was provided a welcome drink and handed over my passport so that they could make a copy. Shortly after my arrival, someone directed me to my room, the Pavilions Chalet.

The Room

Walking to the room I was handed an old style key, which was used for the lock on the door. Upon entering the room, I was amazed by its beauty. On the right hand side there was a small kitchenette which had a sink, some kitchen appliances such as a kettle, and a mini refrigerator. To reduce plastic waste, they offered two glass bottles of fresh spring water that guests could refill.

Next was the living room which had a large seating area with a fireplace. I can imagine this is nice in the winter months when it is a bit chillier. My favorite part of the room was the floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the garden in front of the living room.

As I mentioned the chalet is a split level, so on the upstairs there was a full king size bed and bathroom. The bathroom is large and has a his and hers vanity. I do have to say I was not a fan of the glass door to the toilet that made me look straight into the mirror.

There was some minor wear and tear in the room that could be noticed, but it didn’t change my experience at all. Turndown service was a nice touch, as it seems this is becoming less and less at luxury hotels these days.

Pavilions Himalayas Review - Pool

Restaurants, Gym and Other Amenities

There is only one restaurant at the Pavilions Himalayas and it is located in the center of the villas. While I never did end up eating lunch here, I did have breakfast and lunch. They source most of the ingredients locally, either from their own farm or nearby, ensuring freshness at all times.

The breakfast menu offers a variety of options, allowing guests to enjoy different choices even during a short stay. It does change by season as well. I particularly enjoyed the freshly made apple juice at breakfast. Sounds silly I know, but honestly I am not sure I have ever had fresh apple juice before.

For dinner both nights I had a four-course Nepalese dinner, the first night this was included as my Mr and Mrs Smith benefit. It was so good the first night that I knew that I had to have it again on the second night. 

There is also pool service, granted it is from the exact same restaurant since they are near each other. The drinks were delicious and they provided freshly made tortilla chips, which I could’ve eaten all night. They tasted so crisp and had just the right amount of salt.

The Pavilions Himalayas has a small pool with an attached hot tub that overlooks the Annapurna mountain range.
During my visit in late spring, haze obscured nearly everything, making a clear day necessary for optimal visibility. So just something to prepare for if you plan on visiting.

The hotel does not have a gym, but does offer yoga at an additional cost. Arrangements must be made the day before. My assumption is that they have to bring someone off site to do the training. Similarly, they offer a spa where you can receive treatments, but it requires advance notice.

You are able to freely explore the grounds of the property to see the farmland and farm animals that they have. They had a new baby goat when we were there and they let us do some feeding. There are also two dogs that live on the resort that are both friendly. 

If you are looking to take any sort of tours, they will happily help you arrange anything that you might need.

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Conclusion

I would return to the Pavilions Himalayas in a heartbeat. To me it is the perfect getaway to nature for a few days from the busy city or a perfect spot to relax after trekking in Pokhara. The staff are always so helpful. While there was small wear and tear on the room it didn’t affect my experience at all. When I return to Pokhara to do some trekking I know where I plan to stay after. 

I hope you enjoyed my honest Pavilions Himalayas Review.

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