Royal Orchid & Spa in Gangtok scores in terms of its décor, location and superb hospitality. As you walk in to the reception, you are welcomed by the beautiful blend of contemporary state of the art amenities and Sikkimese traditions. There is Lord Buddha’s statue on the left while the lobby has colourful thankas and painted stories which depict Sikkim’s culture. Glance up to the ceiling to see the endless knot which is also the symbol of Sikkim tourism.
Location wise, Royal Orchid & Spa is situated adjacent to the famous Tamang Ghumba and most of the sightseeing spots are conveniently accessible from here. A big added bonus is that the hotel perhaps offers one of the best views of Gangtok town from 80% of its rooms. The remaining rooms face the Ghumba. Launched on 10th September 2015, the hotel includes 27 Royal Executive rooms.
Jayant Jain, CEO, Jain Group of Hotels explains, “350 sq. ft. in size, each room is equipped with a 32 inches LED TV, mini bar, tea and coffee maker, study table, separate seating arrangement, a king size bed, attached wash room with required toiletries and Wi-Fi.” What I liked was their innovative night lamp which was subtle as it was basically light projected through a carved wooden panel. The vegetarian restaurant of Royal Orchid & Spa caters to 64 covers and offers North and South Indian, Chinese, Continental and Italian cuisine.
I would recommend relishing the local cuisine which includes both Tibetan and Nepali dishes. Try momos which are steamed dumplings, thukpa which is a noodle soup, t-momos which is a dough preparation served with dum aloo and soup and gyathuk which includes flat noodles, green vegetables and a broth. In Nepali cuisine there is mouth watering spicy and sour gorkha chutney, gundruk or an organic green vegetable dry preparation, fing with black mushroom which is a curry, mild black dal made with garlic and ginger and Nepali style rice pudding. The restaurant also has a separate smoking zone.
The conference hall has a capacity of 80 people and doubles up as a popular venue for cocktail and birthday parties. You can also celebrate your anniversary and special occasions here. Each floor of the hotel has a lobby so if you book the entire floor you can dine here as well. They also have a music system which is operated from the reception to play your preferred song on your floor. I recommend spending atleast an evening on their rooftop which has a cafeteria kind of seating where you can relax and chill out as you enjoy the cool fresh evening breeze. The entire Gangtok town twinkles on your left. The rooftop also includes a children’s playing area with plastic slides and an artificial turf so you can watch over your kids stress free while you unwind.
Fitness enthusiasts can head to the gym. On the same level is the two room spa which offers massages ranging from deep tissue, balinese, Swedish, aroma therapy to a sea salt body scrub, head massage or even foot reflexology. I enjoyed my 60 minutes deep tissue massage after the picturesque but tiring trip to Tsomgo Lake. My therapist started with stretching followed by a warm oil massage using the base oil of lavender mixed with essential oils. I felt the stress and chill fade from all the nook and corners of my body. A face and dry head massage completed the treatment.
To take care of your travel needs, the hotel has a professionally managed travel desk and I got to experience Gangtok without any glitches thanks to their amazing travel specialists which operate under the brand called Exotic Sikkim.
Royal Orchid & Spa
Near Tamang Ghumba,
Reservations- +91 8170028224/32
LL- +91 3592204199