Lemontree Premier Wild life Resort, Jim Corbett
The fresh air and sunny skies of the mountains beckon for a hideaway from the city life and for the pristine views and natural splendor. With peaks reaching a formidable meters, the dramatic Himalayan mountain range and the river Kosi deliver a spectacular backdrop for this retreat. Located in a small town Mohaan, situated in one of the oldest national park the Jim Corbett National Reserve of India, the Tiger Resort takes its name and identity from the surrounding landscape.
The client’s brief – “away from the crowds” takes on an entirely new meaning. Nestled at 1,132 feet above sea level, the 68 rooms and suites have panoramic views of the river and the majestic Himalayas. The resort’s ethos to offer a relaxed atmosphere with attentive service is well met by the point-to-point connections offered throughout the complex, which often begins even before the check-in.
Finished in rough stucco paint, the exterior of this resort complex succeeds at blending in with its environment, whilst also standing as a bold design statement. The exciting self-contained complex with cottage style accommodation of varied styles includes private hut villas, furnished holiday apartments, shop, restaurant, bar and ballrooms for wedding/ conference events – all arranged organically around landscaped avenues. There are plenty of perches from which to take in the surrounding magnificence, including balconies and outdoor seating that are dotted with hammocks and sun loungers; an outdoor pool; private bar, and the restaurant that serves local and seasonal cuisine along with regional beverages. The interiors capture the essence of jungle living and just the right touch of cosmopolitan flair with soft colors and textures, natural materials, and minimal, bespoke accessories.
At the Tiger Resort, local authenticity blend well with simple elegance and countryside cool, creating a lifestyle resort for business and leisure. Diminishing the borders between architecture and nature, use of wood, glass and the guiding principles of “organic architecture”, is quite evident in the property. Combining contemporary lines and rustic colors here, while a jungle theme imbues the central design concept. Rich natural woods, neutral colors, and a tapestry of tactile fabrics create a welcoming and elegant aura inside. Thoughtful lighting schemes throughout guest-rooms and communal spaces, the expansive windows on the exterior showcase impressive landscapes while emitting a warm glow in the night.
Cozy spaces for wining and dining are peppered throughout the property such as the restaurant overlooking the outdoor pool, the bar like a “machaan” (elevated platform) right on the river face. Modern furniture lend an inviting charm to the interior, while ubiquitous natural materials remind guests of the area’s outside elements. The Tiger Resort is an exclusive refuge to indulge, relax and completely detach to find repose, serenity and inner peace.
Earthy tones give the 68 rooms a feeling of warmth and coziness. The elegant, sleek furniture and general design scheme is beautiful in itself, but its charm is in its submission to the incredible landscape and the entire jungle theme of the complex. Spanning 35 to 50 square meters the guest-rooms are all a spacious showcase of modern minimalism characterized by local materials (such as jute fabric pasted on the ceiling), king-size beds, private balcony or terrace and a contrast of refined and rough textures. The guest-rooms come in different categories and offer a wide array of amenities. With furniture to furnishings, the rooms offer both exquisite design and comfort. Extra large windows with perches ensure that one takes in all the surrounding majesty with the morning coffee or drinks at dusk. All guest-rooms boast of bathrooms featuring amazing views too, offering a shower or a bathtub.