45 minutes drive from the hill town of Shimla, Wildflower Hall is a fairy-tale luxury resort and spa located in the forested foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,500 metres (8,350 feet). This was once the summer retreat of Lord Kitchener, and was rebuilt in a grand style after a fire in the 1990s by the Oberoi group as a purpose-built luxury hotel.
Set in 23 acres of virgin forest, each of the 87 rooms and suites offers excellent mountain views. The rooms are all fitted with teak floors, marble bathrooms and are furnished with colonial decor as well as all modern facilities including television, DVD player, internet access and private bar. There is 24 butler service.
There is a choice of dining. The main restaurant serves Pan-Asian and Continental food and has an open air terrace with magnificent views of the mountains, The Lutyens, meanwhile, specialises in Indian cuisine and is decorated in an old world fashion giving it an intimate atmosphere. The Cavalry Bar offers a full range of drinks in a cosy setting. There is also a coffee shop.
The Oberoi Spa
Wildflower Hall is well known for its fabulous spa which aims to relax, rejuvenate and inspire. Guests can enjoy pampering treatments such as body wraps, various aromatic baths including milk and rose baths, cedar and herbs and skin and nail care. The spa also offers a comprehensive range of Ayurvedic treatments, the ancient Indian science dedcated to maintaining balances within the bodyand prmoting good health and long life. Each guests is assessed in terms of body type and treatmets are then arranged accordingly. These include massages with oils and herbs and relflexology. Treatments take place in private pavillions and suites, with views of the cedar and pine forests.
Yoga and meditation sessions can be arranged. There is also a heated swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi plus sauna and steam rooms.
For those looking for a more active stay, horse riding, mountain biking, white water rafting and trekking are all offered in the mountains and valleys around the hotel. There is also a well equipped gym, perfect for burning off those calories. Wildflower Hall is also an ideal base for exploring the historic town of Shimla.
Open: Wildlflower Hall is open all year.
Location: Wildflower Hall is located in 22 acres of private woodland a 45-minute drive from Shimla or 90 minutes from Shimla airport, in the Himalayas. There are daily flights to Shimla from Delhi.
Rooms: Guests are accommodated in a total of 87 rooms and suites, all of which have TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi internet access, direct dial telephone, minibar, safe and 24 hour butler service. All have a spacious marble bathroom with bath and separate shower. Rooms and suites have views over the forests, mountain ranges or gardens. There are 3 sets of interconnecting rooms, ideal for family groups.
Activities: Enjoy spa treatments, swimming in the pool and a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Other past times include croquet, billiards and archery. An ice rink is operational at Wildlflower Hall from mid-December to mid-March. Tennis is available in summer. There are mountain trails near the hotel (maps are available) and guests can also explore by mountain bike, bikes and helmets provided by the hotel. White water rafting trips can be organised.
Facilities: The Oberoi Spa offers holistic treatments based on Ayurvedic, Asian and Western therapies. There is a well-equipped gym. The indoor swimming pool is heated and leads to an outdoor deck with a large Jacuzzi and superb mountain views. The main restaurant features a large pen-air terrace and serves Pan-Asian and Continental dishes. Lutyens specialises in Indian cuisine. There is a cosy, wooden-panelled bar. There is a card room with playing cards, bridge and scrabble plus a library with a selection of books on the local area, wildlife and fiction, music and DVDs. Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children aged 10 year and over are welcome.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for travel to India.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest rooms.
The hall aims to protect the genetic bank of local rare wildflower species through collection & propagation. They also harvest rainwater, clean the protected forest around the hotel, and back a school & orphanage for blind, deaf & dumb children nearby.