Award-winning global boutique resort brand Karma Group has just added an exciting new property to its international portfolio. Karma Martam Retreat nestles in a valley whose slopes are cut into vivid green stepped rice paddies set against a backdrop of soaring Himalayan peaks in the heart of India’s Sikkim Province, just 30 kilometres from the provincial capital Gangtok.
This is a land of fertile valleys and mirror-like lakes, of star-filled skies and a colourful mix of cultures and communities including the three main tribes of the region – the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalese.
In the local Bhutia language, Martam means ‘land of butter and golden barley’ – an auspicious name that’s reflected in Karma Martam Retreat’s stunning setting. The resort is surrounded by the lush forests of the Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, home to species including Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Yellow Throated Martens and the incredibly rare Bear Cat.
It faces the majestic Nathula Range – of which Mount Everest is a part. temperatures never exceed 27 degrees centigrade even in the height of summer, while evenings tend to be nice and cool thanks to the mountain setting.
Karma Martam Retreat itself is designed to blend with its surroundings. The 25 smartly appointed units boast panoramic views and in addition, guests can enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool, all day dining, games room, as well as a Karma Spa facility complete with steam room and sauna.
The resort even boasts its own private organic kitchen garden, offering guests farm to table produce as well as other delicious locally sourced ingredients.
The Karma Martam Retreat experience is all about unplugging and reconnecting with nature. Set out on exhilarating treks into the mountains, wander dreamily through vibrant rhododendron forests, or conquer the breathless heights of the Goecha La Pass.
For adrenaline junkies there is high octane white-water rafting to be enjoyed on the Teesta river or hit the rugged trails on a mountain biking adventure.
“The resort is close to a host of monasteries, mountains and tourist attractions,” said Karma Group Founder & Chairman John Spence of the new acquisition. “I know this resort and location will be immensely appealing to many of our existing and future members and clients and I look forward to sharing a beer at our bar and swapping stories of yak and yeti sightings!”