The Shinta Mani Mustang, a gem in the coveted Bensley Collection, has recently opened in the mystical and secluded Kingdom of Mustang, Nepal. This revelation marks a golden opportunity for travel enthusiasts and luxury seekers to immerse themselves in a realm that has remained untouched and forbidden for centuries, offering a peek into the treasures of the hidden kingdom.
Nestled high above the town of Jomsom, at the entrance to the ancient Mustang Kingdom, Shinta Mani Mustang is a gateway to a land shrouded in myth and legend. The Kingdom of Mustang, translating to “Plain of Aspiration” in Tibetan, is ensconced between the towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges in the deep Kali Gandaki valley, holding the title of one of the world’s most profound valleys and preserved regions. The elevation of this otherworldly kingdom ranges from 1,372 to a breathtaking 8,167 meters above sea level, bordering the ethereal Tibetan plateau.
The architectural brilliance of Shinta Mani Mustang can be attributed to the creative genius, Bill Bensley. The resort is a harmonious blend of traditional Tibetan aesthetics and modern luxury, with each of the 29 suites, spanning 45 square meters, mirroring the warmth and charm of a traditional Tibetan home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to the majestic Nilgiri Mountain, offering guests unparalleled views and a sense of serene isolation.
Sustainability is at the heart of Bensley’s design philosophy, with recycled materials repurposed into unique furniture, and locally sourced stone, slate, and wood integrated into the construction. The interiors are a symphony of warm colours, reflecting the rich tones of the surrounding landscapes, complemented by the intricate artwork of the late Robert Powell.
The culinary journey at Shinta Mani Mustang is as diverse as it is delectable. The 60-seat Nilgiri Restaurant, overlooking the eponymous mountain, along with a spacious outdoor dining patio, serves a fusion of modern Nepalese and Western cuisines, crafted from locally sourced and foraged ingredients. For those seeking an exotic touch, the Aara Bar offers a selection of local Tibetan/Sherpa liquor, promising an authentic taste of the region.
The Wellness Center is a sanctuary of tranquillity and rejuvenation, with two exquisite treatment suites facing the towering mountains. Each suite is equipped with a hot plunge pool, steam room, sauna, shower, and dual massage beds, ensuring a holistic wellness experience. The Tibetan wellness program, developed by an 11th-generation local doctor, integrates traditional herbal medicine, offering guests a unique and authentic approach to wellbeing.
Shinta Mani Mustang serves as the ideal base for a plethora of activities and adventures. From trekking and exploring Buddhist monasteries to absorbing the awe-inspiring vistas of the snow-capped peaks, including the formidable Nilgiri Himal, guests have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich culture and unparalleled beauty of the region.
The resort offers a highly personalized, privately guided guest experience program, honouring the traditions of Sherpa hospitality. A myriad of unique cultural excursions, trekking, horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, archery, hiking, helicopter tours, and wellness activities are curated exclusively for the guests. The Bensley Adventure Guides ensure every journey is a treasure trove of unforgettable memories.
In alignment with Shinta Mani’s philosophy of community contribution, the resort collaborates with the Pasang Lhamu Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in memory of Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to summit Mt Everest. The foundation focuses on education, vocational training, health, and immediate assistance, showcasing Shinta Mani’s commitment to giving back to the community.
Shinta Mani Mustang is perched at an elevation of 2,800 meters in Jomsom, in the Lower Mustang area, serving as a gateway to the once Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang. Reaching this secluded paradise requires international flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, followed by a flight to Jomsom airport, Heli charter directly to the resort, or a scenic drive.
The all-inclusive experience at Shinta Mani Mustang starts from USD 1,800 net per couple per night, with a minimum 5-night consecutive stay. This package includes suite accommodation, all meals and beverages, private guided excursions and activities, personal Bensley Adventure Guide, spa treatments, in-room mini bar, laundry service, Wi-Fi, roundtrip vehicle transfers to Jomsom airport, permits, and government taxes.
For further information, visit shintamani.com