Fairytale Luxury In The Magnificent Himalayan Mountains
The former private residence of Britain’s Lord Kitchener who occupied the property until 1909, he is often referred to as India’s greatest Commander-in-Chief and was known to locals as an enthusiastic gardener. Although remaining true to the spirit of its original bungalow, Wildflower Hall has been painstakingly renovated and restored as an Oberoi deluxe mountain resort successfully blending the charm and beauty of the local area with modern-day comforts.
As the highest mountain range in the world, the mystery and romance of the Himalayas cannot be surpassed. The Himalayas have held a special place in India’s spiritual consciousness since ancient times and the road to Wildflower Hall is no less mesmerizing as it cuts into the side of precipices that descend into deep ravines and hillsides densely covered with deodar forests, passing through colorful roadside bazaars. The Mashobra area is dotted with orchards of fruit trees, and turn-of-the-century houses with evocative names. Shady glades, cool streams and flowery glens make it idyllic country for camping and picnics, as well as treks and river rafting. A favorite escape during the days of the British Raj, Mashobra with its thickly forested hills and salubrious climate is still an ideal getaway for both adventure and relaxation.
Recreating the grand style of the colonial era, wood paneling and original artwork create an aura of old world charm. Teak wood floors, hand knotted rugs and rich furnishings complimented by spectacular views make the rooms and suites very special retreats. Offering breathtaking vistas over the cedar forests and surrounding mountain ranges, Wildflower Hall’s Deluxe Suites feature a spacious marble bathroom, large bay windows, and a cozy fireplace. Located on the fourth floor, the Lord Kitchener Suite boasts stunning views of the Himalayas with a separate living room and two bedrooms with dormer roofs.
Looking out over the most panoramic scenery in the world, Wildflower Hall’s ‘The Restaurant’ has a large open-air terrace and an international menu including a varied range of Pan-Asian and Continental dishes. Offering authentic Indian cuisine, the old world interiors of ‘Lutyens’ frame romantic gardens creating a perfect ambience for the evening. Reflecting its gracious past, the ‘Calvary Bar’ is the spot to unwind offering a full range of fine wines and spirits before and after dinner. Twenty-four hour in-room dining is available for those who can’t tear themselves away from their very own wood-burning fireplace and the awe-inspiring vistas beyond.
Based on holistic treatments founded on Ayurvedic, Asian and Western therapies to relax, rejuvenate and inspire, the world class Oberoi Spa at Wildflower Hall has brought the resort into the top league of luxury destinations. With tranquil views through lush green cedar and pine forests, the Spa Pavilions offer stressed-out guests a peaceful haven in which to revitalize themselves both inside and out. During the winter months, decompress in Wildflower’s heated swimming pool or outdoor whirlpool while you take in the spectacle of the snow-capped Himalayas.
Enjoy a host of activities within the resort, from billiards and archery, to ice-skating and croquet. Tee off from the historical golf course at Naldehra, a 45-minute drive from Wildflower Hall. This now eighteen-hole course was designed by Lord Curzon in 1904 and was a favorite camping ground for the Viceroys in the late eighteen hundreds. Let the unspoiled countryside work its magic on you as you explore little known paths and follow tracks into the forest. The concierge has mapped out trails that suit every level, so you are free to go on a challenging walk, stroll along woodland lanes or take a route that offers a glimpse of colonial history. Not bound by clock or calendar, the world will be yours alone.