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One of the top spa resorts in the Himalayas, tucked away amidst apple and cherry orchards on the outskirts of Manali, The Himalayan will transport you back to the Medieval era in the mountains. Built in Victorian Gothic Revival style, it consists of a meticulously furnished (with antiques and collectables) Gothic facade castle, and eight cottages interspersed around an outdoor swimming pool and orchard garden. The spa's massages and skin treatments are designed pamper and detoxify the body, and there's a couples room as well. Expect to pay around 11,000 rupees per night for a double, including breakfast and tax.
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Very popular Span Resort is situated on 10 acres of woodland by the banks of the Beas River between Manali and Kullu. The extensive outdoor activities at the resort make the most of the area, which is a renowned destination for adventure lovers. Yet, wellness isn't overlooked. There's a spa with four treatment rooms (including one couple's room), swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and gym. Book a seven day yoga package which includes accommodation, healthy vegetarian meals, daily yoga sessions, individual counseling, nature walks, visits to ancient temples and monasteries, and a Himalayan Ayurvedic massage. Accommodations are provided in individual cottages and rates start from around 13,000 rupees per night, including breakfast and tax.
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Apple Country Resort is nestled amongst apple trees in the hills, in what's known as the log hut area a couple of kilometers above Manali. Its location affords tantalizing mountain views and the solitude makes it popular with honeymooners (packages are available). The hotel has its own bar and disco, and luxury spa for pampering. It also provides a free shuttle service into town. Do note that only vegetarian food is served. Rates start from around 8,500 rupees per night for a double, including tax.
04 of 06Manu Allaya Resort is also situated uphill, but on the opposite side of the Beas River towards Vashist. There are 55 rooms and suites spread across eight categories. Many have private balconies with outstanding mountain and river views. The hotel's expansive gardens are beautifully maintained, and there's a swimming pool and spa, along with a diverse variety of recreational activities. Hiking is possible around the hotel. Rates start from 11,000 rupees for a double room, including tax.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06A boutique hotel and spa, the Rock occupies a peaceful position next to the Beas River, just before Manali on the Kullu Manali Highway. There's a Spanish style outdoor courtyard for guests to relax in, along with plenty of activities including billiards tables, library, board games, kids play room, bonfire, and live entertainment. The spas offers aromatherapy treatments and massages. Service is friendly and efficient, and the food is tasty. Guests can choose from a wide range of spacious rooms, with rates starting from around 8,000 rupees per night including breakfast and tax.
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A cheaper option for those on a budget, Manali Resorts is conveniently located halfway between Manali and Old Manali. It's owned and operated by the descendents of Captain A.T. Banon, who started the first hotel in Manali in the early 20th century. Expect a combination of traditional architecture and modern design, with 36 rooms and cottages spread over two acres of landscaped grounds. The delightful garden is full of flowers, birds and butterflies. Rates start from around 5,000 rupees per night, including breakfast and tax.
Planning on relaxing in the mountains at a luxury resort in Manali? Here are six of the best for all budgets. Rates are seasonal, and peak season (May and June) rates are given below. Substantial discounts are often available during the quieter months.