The all-inclusive Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection will open in Nepal, surrounded by Tibetan highlands and ancient legends
Luxury by TTN
Shinta Mani Hotels, owned and operated by HMD Asia, will open the 29-suite Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection luxury lodge in the summer of 2023. This will be Shinta Mani Hotel’s first internationally flagged property outside Cambodia.In partnership with Kathmandu-based Sherpa Hospitality Group, Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection will be an all-inclusive experience, with the guests’ journey curated to provide the most remarkable 360-degree, luxury experience in the Himalayas; one of the most unique and preserved regions in the world. Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection is located in Jomsom, in Nepal’s sacred Lower Mustang area. This magical and spiritual destination has dramatic landscapes, bordered by the Tibetan plateau with an elevation that rises from 1,372 to 8,167 metres above sea level. It is rich in Buddhist culture with many monasteries and has some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world. Each of the 29 suites measuring 45 square metres is designed in the style of a traditional local home with an open-plan bedroom combined with a living area and a separate bathroom. Floor to ceiling windows offer majestic views. Culinary options at Shinta Mani Mustang – A Bensley Collection will include the 60-seat Nilgiri Restaurant, named after the majestic mountain it looks out onto and a large outdoor dining patio where modern Nepal cuisine and western cuisine will be served, using locally sourced and foraged produce. The Aara Bar is named after an exotic local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor. The Wellness Center has two exquisite treatment suites with floor to ceiling windows facing the mountains; each with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower and two massage beds. The Tibetan wellness programme will be developed by a local 11th generation Tibetan Amchi Doctor, using traditional herbal medicine. A highly personalised privately guided guest experience programme honours the traditions of local Sherpa hospitality and has been curated exclusively for our guests. A selection of unique excursions enables guests to do a different trip every day for up to two weeks; including trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, archery, hiking, helicopter tours, wellness and more. Led by experienced Bensley Adventure Guides, guests will be taken on a variety of day trips, hiking along rarely travelled trails with incredible dramatic landscapses and incredible vistas, dining on Shinta Mani gourmet picnics, made with the freshest farm to fork ingredients. Before its official opening, design genius Bill Bensley is adding his creative magic to the mountain lodge, bringing a unique verve to a location which remains untouched. Interiors will incorporate warm coloured fabrics and materials to reflect the rich tones of the surrounding landscape, which can be viewed from every window of the Lodge. Huge fire pits on the outdoor terrace will allow guests to admire millions of stars in the night sky in warmth as the temperatures dip. Inside, every area will be complemented by the artwork of the late artist Robert Powell, a friend of Bill’s who drew the regions vernacular architecture in incredible detail. In his typical upcycling style and with his sustainable mindset, Bill has used recycled materials that he has repurposed into unique new furniture. Namgyal Sherpa, Owner of Sherpa Hospitality Group added: “Our group has been promoting experiential travel in remote areas of Nepal for many years now. It was our dream to create world class, luxury hotel experiences in the Himalayas and we couldn’t find a better partner than Shinta Mani Hotels to collaborate with on this vision as we share similar values. We are very excited to be pushing the boundaries and creating a new and exciting project that will position Nepal as a quality, luxury destination and not just for budget traveller.” In keeping with Shinta Mani’s philosophy of giving back to the communities in which they operate, the Lodge will work closely with the Pasang Lhamu Foundation which was founded by the owning family after their mother became the first Nepalese woman to blaze a trail to the summit of Mt Everest in 1993.