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Condé Nast Traveller Awards 2020: For 8th year, Khyber Gulmarg wins favourite boutique hotel

Gulmarg: In a major development in Kashmir’s hospitality industry, TheKhyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg, has won the award for the Favourite Boutique Hotel 2020 at the tenth edition of the Condé Nast Traveller India Readers’ Travel Awards.

The ceremony took place in a special virtual avatar on Condé Nast Traveller India’s digital platforms, a statement from The Khyber group announced on Thursday.

“For The Khyber, the announcement of the award was an honour indeed, as it left many brands behind, yet again. It was a reaffirmation of the resort’s special place in the hearts and minds of the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, the Last Word in Travel,” the statement added.

“The Khyber team said it was thrilled with this achievement of winning the best boutique hotel — eight years running – thanks to our loyal guests and discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveller,” said Umar Tramboo, MD, Pinnacle Resorts Pvt. Ltd, promoter of The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg.

 “The year 2020 was like no other. Despite the tribulations and challenges faced by the pandemic, our team stayed positive through the difficult period and warmly welcomed guests once again in October. We hope 2021 will see the resurgence of travel to Gulmarg and The Khyber. It is our constant endeavour to strive to exceed the expectations of our guests and make every visit a memorable experience for them,” the MD said.

He added: “Of course, the legendary beauty of Gulmarg and its year round appeal as a destination — whether it is to ski in the winter or to play golf or trek in the summer — also augments its charm. We hope more travellers come and experience Kashmiri hospitality, culture, landscape and the famous cuisine of this land.”

Readers of Condé Nast Traveller India voted for their preferred Destinations, Airlines, Hotels, Spas, Airports and more, across several categories, based on their personal experiences. Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards are globally renowned and considered the most prestigious in the industry. They honour the best in travel, tourism and hospitality, as chosen by the discerning and influential readers of Condé Nast Traveller.

The awards are closely watched, as they are a barometer of the market’s changing tastes and preferences. With no nominations for the award categories and voting left open to readers, Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards are considered indicative of what travellers really want and enjoy.

About The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg

The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa, Gulmarg is located at an elevation of 8,825 ft. in the Pir Panjal range of the majestic Himalayas is spread over seven acres in a pristine pine valley.

This international class, 85-key resort, clad in timber and stone, offers breath taking views of snowcapped Affarwat peaks.

Also situated here is The Khyber Spa by L’OCCITANE with stunning vistas from all its treatment rooms, offering luxurious and holistic spa treatments inspired by the rituals of Provence, France.

The wellness centre includes a Gym, separate steam and sauna rooms for men and women and a heated indoor swimming pool. Since its launch in December 2012, the resort has won several accolades and appreciation for its impeccable service, warm hospitality, and facilities at par with international standards. The awe-inspiring location of The

Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa combined with the unfolding drama of Gulmarg’s changing seasons has been tempting guests to return again and again. The resort is an easy walk from the Gulmarg Gondola, the highest ski lift in the world.