Robb Report called it “Asia’s Most Hotly Anticipated Opening of the Year,” and for good reason.
When Shinta Mani Mustang opened its doors this past August in Nepal, it became the first and only ultra-luxury resort in one of the most unique and preserved regions in the world where one can still experience authentic frozen-in-time Tibetan Buddhist culture. Nestled at an elevation of 2,800 meters in Jomsom, Lower Mustang, Shinta Mani Mustang serves as a gateway to the once Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang.
The new 29-suite hotel marks Shinta Mani Hotels’ first internationally flagged property outside Cambodia, and it’s nothing short of extraordinary. Envisioned by Bangkok-based architect and hospitality design genius Bill Bensley, Shinta Mani Mustang was inspired by its majestic and spiritual surroundings, and takes full advantage of its elevated position, offering views of landscapes hidden in the Kali Gandaki valley between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.
Commented Bensley: “I have never seen such wildly dramatic landscapes as the mountains and valleys of Mustang, and am thrilled that Shinta Mani can be the first to introduce this mystical land to international adventurers – and all the more so under the special wing of Bensley Collection.” Adds the esteemed designer, “it is the perfect base” for “explorations all around these phenomenal mountains,” whether it’s experiencing Buddhist monasteries and culture, or just enjoying the breathtaking vistas of some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world, like the formidable Nilgiri Himal.
For the hotel itself and the suites, Bensley added his magic touch, incorporating warm-colored fabrics and recycled materials to reflect the rich tones of the surrounding landscape. The result? A unique blend of luxury and sustainability. Constructed in 2017, the original hotel structure, envisioned by Nepalese Architect Prabal Shumsher Thapa, boasts a commitment to sustainable design solutions evident in all his projects. Outdoors, expansive fire pits on the terrace offer a cozy space for guests to revel in the warmth while marveling at millions of stars as temperatures dip. Inside, each area is adorned with the detailed artwork of the late artist Robert Powell, a close associate of Bensley, known for his intricate depictions of the region’s vernacular architecture. Embracing sustainability, Bensley’s signature upcycling style is on full display, with recycled materials repurposed into unique, new furniture throughout the resort.
Knowing that no modern luxury resort experience would be complete without a world-class culinary program, the creators behind Shinta Mani Mustang imagined a food journey that includes the Nilgiri Restaurant, a 60-seat marvel, and the Aara Bar, serving exotic local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor. Wellness takes center stage with a Tibetan wellness program developed by a local 11th-generation Tibetan Amchi Doctor and a Wellness Center, where guests will find two treatment suites with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the mountains; each with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower and two massage beds.
Guests are in for a treat with a personalized guest experience program. Trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, and more await, guided by experienced Bensley Adventure Guides. Plus, in line with Shinta Mani’s commitment to giving back, the resort collaborates with the Pasang Lhamu Foundation, focusing on education, vocation training, health, and immediate assistance.
Reaching this Himalayan paradise involves a choice between international flights to Kathmandu, a scenic road trip, or a helicopter charter directly to the resort. The adventure begins with a stay in Kathmandu before embarking on a journey to Jomsom.
Rates for this all-inclusive experience start at USD 1,800 net per couple per night, with a minimum 5-night consecutive stay. Inclusions range from suite accommodation and all meals to private guided excursions, spa treatments, and more.
The height of luxury, indeed.