A private hidden getaway to the Himalayas, Amaya opens near Kasauli. Designed by multiple award-winning architect, Bijoy Jain, Amaya is housed in a privately owned and sustainably managed forest on an unspoiled ridge at 4,600 feet above sea level. Conceptualised as a modern sustainable sanctuary, Amaya is a place where one could escape to slow life and enjoy the remarkable views of cascading mountains and snow-capped peaks.
The word Amaya has its origins in Sanskrit which means ‘simplicity’ and that reflects in resorts’ thoughtfully designed structure. Bijoy Jain and his team studied the forested site over multiple visits and minimally used a section of its panoramic terraces, once farmed generations ago, to nestle a combination of 15 chalets, suites and villas, on a hillside spanning 25 acres.
The villas have a study or artist studio, dining and living spaces, a fully equipped kitchen and three independent ensuite that harmoniously blend with the pine forest around them.
Each eco-sensitive modern structure has been built meticulously by hand using local materials – wood, lime, and stone. The interiors of Amaya reflect the concept of sustainable minimalism and Nordic design.
Seasonal produce and local ingredients are at the forefront of the unique culinary experience at Amaya with most of its veggies and fruits grown in house, organically. Guests at Amaya can enjoy a range of curated experiences, a heritage walk to the adjacent Darwa village, private meals on secluded mountain tops, local produce foraging and horticulture tours, riverside picnics and mountain treks.