“They don’t make hotels like this anymore. Which is a pity, because a stay at Tiger Mountain is about so much more than just ‘physical’ luxury. It’s enriching – visually, intellectually and emotionally.
First things first – it’s a fantastic property, perched high up on a mountain overlooking the Pokhara Valley with fantastic views of the Annapurna range. This is eco-luxury at its finest : great views, great service, great food but with minimal environmental impact.
The rooms are nice, in a spartan sort of way (no TV, no WiFi, no aircon – not that you need it) with four poster beds, charmingly rustic furniture and a private, sit out balcony.
The food is fantastic – among the best you will ever have, whether it’s traditional Nepali fare or the more Western dishes that are traditionally served at dinner.
But many hotels have great views, great rooms and great food.
Tiger Mountain’s secret weapon are it’s guests and the fact that dinner is a communal meal where all the guests get together over 4 courses and copious amongst of alcohol.
Over the course of 3 nights we met a couple who had driven a Land Rover from London to South Africa and who were currently doing relief work in Nepal, a Scotsman who spent a year living in a campervan with him family and his dog, and an ex military attache who also oversaw the recruitment of Gurkhas for the British Army.
Simply put, these are things money can’t buy.
And that’s to say nothing of Marcus, the Managing Director of the place who makes it a point to have a drink with every one of his guests and who has a number of remarkable insights and anecdotes about Nepal, India, England and everything in between to share.
If you’re looking for a traditional luxury hotel with every modern comfort, this property probably isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for old world charm, delightful dinnertime conversations and a view that just doesn’t quit, Tiger Lodge has your number.
It may be a bit pricey, but it’s Worth Every Penny.”