“A tranquil floating hotel on glorious Dal Lake, with 360-degree views and the chance to soak up local life through boat trips and guided hikes”
Set in a row towards the back of the boat, the 5 rooms are spacious and entirely clad in wood, with intricately carved cedar panels covering the walls and ceilings. Kingsize or twin beds are dressed in crisp white linens and topped with silk cushions in jewel-like hues; you also get a desk, a chair and a table. The surprisingly snazzy ensuites all have bathtubs and separate showers, with a good supply of hot water and heaps of fluffy white towels.
Four of the rooms are near-identical; they have a picture window onto the lake, though they face a neighbouring boat (there are blinds for privacy). The sole suite is larger, with windows on each side; it sits at the end of the row so it’s a little quieter than the others, and it has better views.
Sukoon’s half-board rates include breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea, all served at individual tables in the cosy panelled dining room or under the sun or stars on the rooftop deck. The delicious cuisine mixes dishes from Kashmir, southern India (the chef came from Sukoon’s sister hotel, Neeleshwar Hermitage, in Kerala) and elsewhere; there are some Western options, too.
Breakfast starts with morning tea delivered to your room, and continues with the likes of fresh fruit, apple juice, yoghurt, toast and eggs; local specialities such as harissa (minced lamb cooked overnight with herbs and spices) can also be prepared on request for a small supplement. Dinner is a multi-course affair - perhaps a chicken and saffron broth or mushroom and almond soup, followed by spiced lake fish, traditional curries or lamb with a yoghurt and mint sauce.
Lunch is also available on board but charged extra, and picnics can be arranged for excursions. There’s a limited selection of wines, beers and spirits, too.
Children of all ages are welcome, but we feel it’s best for older kids who will be able to make the most of the various excursions on offer. The serene ambiance and the proximity of the water means it’s not suitable for roving toddlers.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can accommodate a rollaway bed, though no baby cots are available.