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Begnas Lake Resort
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We were a little concerned that Begnas may have been a little too far out of Pokhara but it is an interesting 30 minute drive by car with some lovely views along the way or a 15 minute drive and a tranquil 25 minute boat ride (just the swish of the paddles) to get there. Perched on the side of a hill there are wonderful views across the lake with some amazing snow capped mountains to be seen particularly early morning from the cottages balconies having been upgraded to a premier cottage. The restaurant has a terrace to enjoy these views from which is a great spot for breakfast or dinner. Food was excellent with a huge variety to choose from, especially ask for the Ayurveda menu. The food and beverage manager whose name I unfortunately can't recall was very attentive and friendly and ensured all was going well with our stay. The rooms were clean and well maintained and all the staff friendly and helpful. I must say how impressed we were by Mr Arjun, the general manager, he made a point of coming every afternoon and chatting to all the guests to make sure everything was meeting their needs. Also every time guests left by boat he would come down to the lake to see them off from the resort. When we finally left after our second stay we realised a quite expensive camera and bag was missing. We were flying out of Pokhara that morning so thought that it was gone for good. Thinking it may have been left at the previous hotel in Pokhara we asked our driver if he could call Arjun and ask him to phone them for us. Arjun called us back numerous times keeping us informed of his search for our camera. It was finally located under the seat of the minibus we used from Pokhara and Arjun arranged to have it delivered to the airport half an hour before we took off. Service way above and beyond the call of duty but just reinforced the Begnas approach that nothing is too much trouble and what a wonderful surprise it was to find such a marvellous resort.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Alan G
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

After a 5-day trek, my husband and I stayed 2 nights in the fantastic setting of the Begnas. After the 20 minutes long boat ride, we could enjoy a beautiful water-front room. We had the "General Body Massage" and both enjoyed. We tried the yoga as well, and felt literally moved! The teacher was REALLY into it... quite an experience for novices! The internet was "on and off" though; not good for serious business! But we were there to disconnect; so, no shame! Great service from the new manager; and all of the personnel did their most to meet our expectations. We couldn't see the mountains on that day but the lake and surroundings gave us a good nice look on the country before we leave.

Room Tip: The pillows are a little hard to my taste. Corner room have lots of window. Loved the balcony and bath.
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

I loved the rustic country feel to the whole layout and the cobbled and wooden walls in the rooms! It was a cosy and comfortable 2 nights stay. The only inconvenience for me was managing the 200 over steps that leads down to the resort. But once we overcame that, the view over the lake was beautiful!

  • Stayed: November 2013
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3  Thank Chinchiminie
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We were on a packaged tour of Kathmandu and pokhara. But Lake Begnas was always on our mind. Searching and researching we tweaked our itinerary and included our stay at Begnas lake resort. And oh boy were we happy and it was bang on what we dreamed of. Booking ourselves to a water front cottage, we were into a pleasant surprise where the General manager Mr Arjun upgraded our stay to the premier room. Our room was overlooking the beautiful and serene Begnas Lake. The resort is a welcome move away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, calm and serenity is just the beginning. Very well maintained nature resort I would say.

The resort caters to predominantly European guests and the walk around the resort with stone steps all around was a very good cardio exercise.

The following points sums it up

Breakfast served is basically American. They have a larger than life Ayurveda menu with huge selection. The fresh water Begnas grilled fish for dinner was awesome.

The staff are very polite and friendly and cater to all your needs, but room service can be sometimes slow.

Hot water availability is in two slots 6 hours every day

Very eco-friendly and most of their produce is home grown

Twenty minutes boat ride( provided by the resort) to the resort you get to enjoy the ride for free. We took an additional boat ride early morning at 7:00 which was arranged by the resort using the local people and the price was very reasonable ( 250 rupees for half hour)

The food at the resort restaurant was not spicy since they were catering to western/european guests)

The inhouse Ayurveda massage center is nice, but would prefer if they used white sheets instead of bottle green( one can then tell the sanitisation of the linen)

Was mentioned that the power cuts at 10:00pm but there was no such cut, a welcome surprise.

Not a place if you expect loud noise and pollution

Pictures say a thousand words

Room Tip: Go for the premier rooms it is a level above the water front cottage
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank K_KShetty
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Just spent 6 nights here. While it is a lovely hillside resort with some clear plus points, the resort is not without its drawbacks and whether this is the resort for you or not really depends on what you are looking for and plan to do. The resort in fact might be better suited under TA's "Specialty Lodging" category instead of under the general "Hotels" listing.

LOCATION
Begnas Lake is the 2nd largest lake in Pokhara. Most tourists stay at the lodges and resorts around Phewa Lake, the largest lake, where there is a tourist town with plenty of shops, restaurants etc. The Begnas Lake Resort is in a remote setting, so if you want to really "get away from it all" in comfortable, quiet and very scenic surrounds, then you will enjoy staying at the resort.

To get to the resort you have to be rowed across the lake in a 25 minute ride that is very pleasant and peaceful, although this obviously makes getting in and out of the resort cumbersome. You can also get to the resort by 4WD over a dirt road through the hillside which would take about the same amount of time as the boat ride, however you then have to descend down a long steep flight of stairs (264 I think).

There are plenty of hillside trails around the resort though, so if hiking is your main aim and you are content to retreat to the resort at the end of every day then this would be perfect.

RESORT GROUNDS
Set on a hillside so be prepared to do a bit of stair climbing. Well maintained pretty gardens with lots of butterflies. Apart from the pool there is also access to the lake, and the more adventurous guests can swim in the lake.

You can also enjoy beautiful views of the Annapurna Mountains in the morning. Catch the mountain peaks aglow on a clear day when they catch the early morning sun's rays.

ROOMS
Simple but clean and comfortable. The resort is about 16 years old so do expect some pretty worn fittings. Also, this is Nepal, and in a small town area, so even though the resort is of very high quality for Nepal (a very under-developed country), don't expect international standards. There is a ceiling fan in the room however it did not work well. Not sure about air conditioning, I did see a portable contraption under the study desk but did not check to see if it was the AC and whether it was working. No TV in the rooms, however I'm not sure anyone would want one.

DINING
The resort's restaurant has several menus including a healthy Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) vegetarian menu. I was part of a group on a yoga trip and we did have a veggie buffet every meal however I don't think it was specifically Ayurvedic. There was quite a lot of variety at the buffet, pity that some of the dishes tended to be a tad oily and/or salty.

The restaurant does serve regular fare (i.e. non-veg), and all food is organic and locally-sourced if not home grown. The fresh guava juice from the many guava trees in their garden is excellent! Also look forward to local organic honey and coffee (the coffee farm which also produces honey from the coffee flowers is within an hour's walk from the resort). The resort also bakes their own bread and chapatis.

ELECTRICITY
Frequent blackouts, however again this is common throughout Nepal. The resort does have its own diesel generator but I guess this seems to not work well either.

WIFI
In the main building's lobby, bar and restaurant areas, however it is exceedingly slow and unstable, compounded by the electricity being down a lot. For the time I was there I basically had to disconnect from email, Twitter, FB, WhatsApp and what have you except for a few occasions - which ended up being not a bad thing.

YOGA
2 hour sessions twice a day, 6-8 am, and 4-6 pm. The yoga is of the meditative kind with a lot of emphasis on pranayama (breathing exercises), simple stretching and a few easy asanas (postures), so don't expect any vigorous Ashtanga workouts or anything.

AYRUVEDIC TREATMENTS
Massages as well as Ayurvedic treatments are available, and there is a doctor from Kerala (seat of Ayurveda) on duty. I did have a massage and the masseuse was pretty good, although the massage itself was very oily and messy - as is typical of Ayurvedic massages. The massage room was no-frills, but clean.

MANAGEMENT
The resort is well-run and the General Manager of the resort Mr Arjun is a warm and wonderful person. He has been with the resort from day one and clearly cares very much about the resort and about taking care of the guests.

WALKS AND GUIDES
Our group did three walks, guided by one of the hotel staff Arbin who proved adept at waiting tables as well as at guiding. The walk to Begnas Cote (climb to slightly over 1,000m high) was very enjoyable, and the view of the mountain range at the top was gorgeous. Start out early if you're going when the weather is hot though as we took over 6 hours there and back. The sun and heat become unbearable close to noon so starting out at 6am when it is light already is perfect.

CHARITY
The resort supports the village primary and secondary schools. A visit to the schools was arranged for our group, and it was a very heartwarming experience to meet and make a contribution to the excited kids who clearly come from very economically challenged backgrounds.The schools are bare bones, although they do focus on having as good a library as they can. The teachers we met were all simply wonderful. When you are there you might be able to ask the resort to arrange a visit to the schools should you want to help out. The walk there is about 45 mins away and up the hills. If not, then a contribution to the school would work too.

CURRENCY
Prices at the resort are quoted in Euros, however only USD and Nepali Rupees are accepted. USD in fact is quoted and accepted very widely in Nepal, even by small vendors, and usually at the rate of USD $1 = 1000 Rs. Change minimal currency into Nepali Rupees though as the currency is not popular outside of Nepal, and in fact money changers there will not change your Rupees back to other currencies!

Room Tip: Not all rooms face the lake, the ones on the upper floor of each cottage building face the hill
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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