Travel + Leisure India & South Asia brings you #TLFinds, a weekly series that gives you a sneak peek into new and interesting places and experiences across the country and overseas. The latest in this series of reviews is Sukoon Retreat and Spa, a sustainable, nature retreat located in the village of Dakpathar, near Dehradun, Uttarakhand. By Chirag Mohanty Samal
What is it?
A nature retreat located on the bank of Yamuna river in a remote village away from the hustle bustle of city life. The property has its own organic farm, an in-house chef and a spa.
Families looking for a quick weekend getaway and a rejuvenating break from city life.
As the name suggests, Sukoon Spa and Retreat offers abundant peaceful moments amidst nature. Located in Dakpathar village, which is an hour’s drive from Dehradun, the resort is ideal for those looking for a quick weekend getaway from Delhi. The space looks like a farmhouse dotted with trees, flowers and creepers with chirping of birds as a soft background music.
Guests can choose to stay in one of the six luxury tents that come with an ensuite bathroom and a private sit out area overlooking the garden. The use of technology has been intentionally minimised to allow guests to immerse in nature. There are no television sets in the room but there are a number of activities to keep each guest engaged. Sukoon focuses majorly on creating experiences and hence offers river walks, hiking, meditation sessions, mountain biking, hydrotherapy sessions and also curates walks through surrounding villages where you can interact with the local community and learn about their local culture.
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At the end of the day, when you come back tired from all these activities, you can head to the spa at the property for a reinvigorating therapy. The in-house masseuse administers several therapies using local techniques and oils after factoring in your requirements. There’s also a steam cabin, an infrared therapy room and an all-weather heated swimming pool.
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If you just want to spend a few hours in the tranquil setting then the gazebo is where you need to be. It’s fitted with out-of-sight water pipes on the roof to create a cascading rain like effect. The gazebo faces a live kitchen where the in-house chef cooks up delicious food. You could sample the local fare made using the fresh produce from the property’s organic farm. Want to go with your regular Chinese or Italian food? The food menu of the on-ground restaurant has plenty of options to choose from.
When it’s time to leave, you will find memories of the setting sun over the surrounding fields, the blood orange skies, the fresh and cool breeze and the encompassing quietness slowly settling down, fill up the recesses of your mind only to reappear amidst hectic work days.
Sukoon Retreat and Spa, Dakpathar Across pull, number 1, Nawabgarh Rd, Vikasnagar, Uttarakhand-248198
Starts from INR 8,500 per night for two inclusive of all three meals.