Fish Tail Lodge – Pokhara, Nepal

Rooms with a View

The only hotel with the good fortune to sit on the south side of Lake Phewa (royal ownership may have something to do with that), the Fish Tail Lodge has guest rooms with heart-stopping views framing all 22,946 feet of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Peak).

Its back­drop is nothing less than the Annapurna massif and some of the youngest mountains in the world, more than 26,000 feet high. The only way to reach the hotel is by rope ferry, manually operated by a round-the-clock raftsman.

If you have the clout of such former guests as Prince Charles or the emperor of Japan, you can ask for Room 17 – the view doesn’t get any better. Otherwise, loll in a hammock in the gardens that bloom year-round by the lake (the country’s second largest), head out in a boat for some lazy drifting, and on cloudless days gaze into the calm water for a mirror image of these Himalayan Matterhorns.

A glassed-in restaurant offers nonguests the same sensory experience, even if they can’t be around for the unmatched sunrise spectacle for which the lake setting is famous. Undoubtedly a tourist town, Pokhara’s rhythm is peaceful and slow. Many visitors here are gearing up for (or recovering from) short and long treks on some of Nepal’s most popular trails.

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