Altitude slickness

NINA KARNIKOWSKI
Last updated 11:33 25/11/2013
Nepal Landscape
HOLISTIC RETREAT: Rejuvenation at Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal.

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High in the Nepalese hills, 45 minutes up, up and away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, sits the newly opened Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel.

Set among lush bushland and with breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas, this holistic retreat is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

The 40 guest rooms spread throughout the 8.9-hectare property all have mountain views and private terraces; many incorporate four-poster netted beds for al fresco sleeps under the stars.

The spacious interiors are a study in eco-conscious chic, using local natural fabrics including cotton, allo and jute, and with bamboo and natural wood adorning lights, chairs and bed heads.

You won't want to leave your sumptuous digs but do so and your mind, body and soul will be generously rewarded. Indulge in a treatment at the spa village, inspired by a blend of Vedic philosophy and Buddhist medicine.

Take a complimentary daily yoga, meditation, mandala making or pottery class, or a session of singing bowl therapy (one of the oldest forms of healing) in a coloured chakra chamber.

Unwind in the Himalayan salt chamber which, walled with rock crystals containing more than 80 minerals, supports the respiratory and immune systems, or wander through the clifftop meditation maze.

Those less esoterically inclined can sip and sup by the infinity pool, at Mako's Zen Japanese restaurant, or at Nature's Flavours, with produce from the resort's organic farm.

From US$320 ($281) plus tax a night. See www.dwarikas-dhulikhel.com.

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