Khyber embodies the magnificence of Gulmarg
GK NEWS NETWORK
Gulmarg, Dec 20: In the breathtaking slopes of world famous Gulmarg, this luxury resort would make your dreams even sweeter. In the ‘Khyber, Himalayan Resort & Spa’ this world famous tourist resort has got the first luxury resort opening of which breaks a new dawn for travellers to enjoy the legendary beauty of the picturesque Kashmir valley.
At an elevation of 8,825 feet in the Pir Panjal range of the majestic Himalayas, The Khyber, Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, is a spiralling property over seven acres on a pristine pine Valley.
Developed on international standards, the 85-key resort fashioned in timber and stone, overlooks the splendid snow capped Affarwat peaks.
Its awe-inspiring location across the seasons that become lovelier with every change will excite guests to return again and again. The resort is a simple walk from the Gulmarg Gondola, the highest ski lift in the world that takes over 600 visitors and skiers every day to Kongdoori mountain on the shoulder of mount Affarwat, the highest ski point in the Himalayas at 13,780 feet.
“The Khyber will be the first resort in Gulmarg to offer comforts and facilities that a discerning international traveller seeks. We have attended to every detail to make this resort truly unique,” said Umar Tramboo, MD, Pinnacle Resorts Pvt Ltd, promoters of The Khyber.
“Guests at the resort will experience luxury on a par with international standards and personalised service that hasn’t been seen (till now) in Gulmarg,” he added
All eighty rooms, four luxury cottages and the Presidential Cottage offer amazing panoramic views of the Affarwat peaks or of evergreen valleys. The interiors are designed with traditional materials and showcase fine Kashmiri crafts.
Namdas of felted wool, silk carpets from local looms, furnishings embellished with crewel embroidery, carved walnut panelling, teakwood floors and papier-mâché accents draw upon Kashmir’s rich heritage of craftsmanship.
Rated *As by CNNGo on January 3, 2011 the Premier rooms spiral over 386 sft area with ceiling-height windows framing white peaks and sylvan valleys. Luxuriously furnished and decorated, the rooms are warm, welcoming spaces, designed to make you feel pampered.
Luxury Balcony Rooms (568 sft) with generous private balconies give you the space to sit and sip your morning tea as you catch the first rays of daybreak.
Each room features a separate dressing area, leading to a plush bathroom with a sunken tub where large picture windows offer brilliant views.
The resort also offers Luxury Cottages -- One Bedroom (648 sq. ft.) and Two Bedroom (1296 sq. ft.). A covered walkway leads to these intimate, private hideaways.
The one bedroom cottage has a living room and a spacious bathroom with a separate dressing room, sunken bathtub and wall-length picture window and a balcony looking out to astounding mountainscape.
The two-bedroom cottage has spacious bedrooms, en suite bathrooms with sunken bathtubs and picture windows, a full-service kitchen, a living room and a large balcony, which makes for a great place to sit and take in the drama of nature.
The Presidential Cottage (4227 sft) is a grand suite comprising a large master bedroom, two additional bedrooms each with a luxurious bathroom, a private heated plunge pool with a Jacuzzi, a living room, dining room, a full kitchen and a spacious private garden. The cottage offers superlative views of the Affarwat range and the verdant valley.
Guests at the resort will have ample choice of dining options.
At Cloves, travel the world of cuisines at this elegant restaurant where food from across the globe is served up with panoramic views. Satisfy your pasta, mezze or dim sum cravings, or try the Wazwan, the plentiful feast served at Kashmiri weddings, in an atmosphere that captures the grandeur of the mountains.
The Chaikash Tea Lounge named after the Kashmiri word for soaked tea leaves, is a space as refined as the teas, coffees, tisanes and kahwah that may be enjoyed here. The Tea Lounge and Terrace is part elegant patisserie, part private club and wholly irresistible. Enjoy serene views, delectable finger food, and tea the way it is drunk in Kashmir and well beyond.
The Tea Lounge opens on to a terrace which flows further down to a series of cascading terraces, ideal for al fresco dining and mountain-gazing. An abundance of fire pits adds warmth and charm to every level.
At Calabash, the cigar and sheesha lounge, you may light up a Partagas, a Montecristo or any other coveted brand carefully selected for the humidor. There is also an assortment of flavoured tobaccos in the sheesha.
Calabash is a cosy nook in which to share your trekking tales and skiing stories and designed to encourage lounging for hours.
Nouf, the terrace restaurant offers spectacular views and is an ideal spot for guests to converge and relax over casual dining. In the evenings, the fragrance of pine from the forest mingles with aromas of freshly grilled meats, cooked just the way you like on traditional coal-fired barbecues.
Nouf is ideal for catching a few rays by day, stargazing by night, reading, dozing or just partying with friends and family.
After a day of outdoor activity, skiing or sightseeing, guests can relax and rejuvenate at the world class Alaya Spa scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. With three single and two double treatment rooms, each with its own steam room, Alaya Spa is a place to unwind and be pampered. The menu runs the gamut of treatments from Ayurveda and aromatherapy to concentrated deep massages that ease sore muscles after a day of skiing or trekking. Besides the use of premium oils and the attentions of experienced certified therapists, there’s also a visual treat for our spa-loving guests – stunning views from the picture windows of each treatment room. Adjoining the Spa is a state of the art gym with the latest equipment and an impressive heated indoor pool offering dramatic views of the mountain ranges.
The sprawling resort includes the beautifully landscaped Paradeez gardens and an amphitheatre; retail outlets; ski shop; and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting, banquet and event space.
The Khyber truly embodies the magnificence of Gulmarg. In addition to skiing, other popular winter activities include snowboarding, sledding and horse drawn sleigh rides. During the spring and summer, Gulmarg valley is blanketed with more than 20 varieties of wildflowers, earning it the sobriquet, ‘Meadow of Flowers”.
The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa will offer a host of spring and summer activities including trekking, golf, mountain biking and normal biking, gondola rides, horse riding, rock climbing, trout fishing, photography safaris, and jeep excursions.
The resort will feature a year-round Activities Concierge who will help guests plan these exciting outdoor activities as well as those offered at the resort, such as films at the mini cinema, Igloo kid’s club and snooker to name a few.
So get ready to enjoy the all season resort in absolute luxury. Engage in heady action in the snow in the winter and enjoy one of Asia’s five best ski destinations.
Come spring and summer breathe in the pure mountain air whilst strolling in the “Meadow of Flowers”.
The Khyber is the ideal base to go for some of the most beautiful treks in the world or tee-off at the world’s highest green golf course.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST
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