Ladakh, one of the states that were always on my bucket list, finally gets ticked off this month. After getting acclimatized for few days, we were now on a roll to explore Ladakh’s finest places.
We stayed at the beautiful resort near the Indus river that flows calmly and adds to the beauty of the place. It’s called the Le Montek wellness resort. Besides 16 beautiful cottages, the resort has 2 duplex villas which creates a maximum capacity of 8 guests.
Once we finally approached the resort, the manager and our host were already waiting for us and greeted us with a friendly: “JULEY” which means Hello! We felt welcome from the very first moment and before I could even register, the luggage was already been taken care of. We received a lovely welcome with a white sash draped on our neck and were then escorted to the main reception area where we presented our IDs.
We checked in for two nights at the resort. The room came with a king size bed with a quite comfy mattress and fluffy pillows, a wardrobe where we could keep our clothes. Attached to the room was a spacious washroom that comes with a rain shower and luxury toiletteries, a large sink with a wide mirror. The Ladakhi inspired interior of the bathroom, and beautiful tiles were what made this bathroom stand out.
Our room was one of the closest to the main reception and restaurant. While the comfortable bed and views would have been an excellent basis for a good room rating, the room topped this with a sit-out area facing the beautiful green space. We enjoyed our morning tea looking at the beautiful space and hear the sound of the gurgling Indus river flowing nearby.
Our host approached and asked for lunch and if not he would love to setup the lunch on the terrace. It’s the little service details that make a great hospitality and Raju ensured we were well taken care of all the time. Other hotels also have stunning hardware like flawless rooms and spa but nothing goes beyond hospitality that is just perfect. So there were we, sitting on the terrace with a light wind breezing through our hair, enjoying the sound of the river passing by and being served an amazing Indian lunch comprising of lentils, vegetables and rotis.
A heavenly sleep later we were ready to discover the resort. Spread widely and throwing opening gorgeous vistas of the mountains, Le Mentok comprises of 16 tastefully done cottages and 2 duplex villas, all having the perfect views to wake up to. There are hammocks spread around the property, gardens with flowers in full bloom, a restaurant serving Indian, continental and Ladakhi cuisine on the roof top with stunning view of the mountains and the Indus river flowing next to the café.
The food served here deserves applause as it’s curated by the chef from Nepal who curates traditional cuisines. The quality of the food was very good and the service was commendable.
We particularly loved their Chhutagi, Thukpa and khambir – local dishes from Ladakh which were worth trying. They are perfect in taste and presentation.
Next the reception, there is a small lounge where you can read books and relax. There are hammocks you can glide into and watch the floating clouds and gardens where you can enjoy the morning walk. Basically you can simply laze around and soak in the nature’s vibe all around. Their kitchen garden is well equipped with seasonal vegetables that look appealing and add to the greenhouse effect.
There is couple of monasteries like Thiksey monastery and Stok Monastery that you can visit in an hour’s drive. There are touristy places like the sangam point – confluence or Indus and Zanskar rivers, the magnetic hill and Spituk monastery where you can see the runway. You can also visit the Shanti Stupa and Gurudwara pathar sahib from there.
We loved the place and would recommend Le Mentok for their immaculate hospitality.