We chose this place because they welcome pets and treat them as guests. No complaints on that front. Doggie was served fresh water, good food, and given a basic mattress. We carried his blanket. they didn't give any blankets for doggie.
As far as the Humans are concerned, the place lacks ample facilities, especially during real cold weather. Spell of rain and inadequate sun left us with a freezing room and no hot water from 5 pm in the evening until 12 pm the next day. They rely on solar power.The generator wasn't turned on at night (No light so no heater) and the geyser was not turned on till the last day. We were told there is no geyser. A tad sly, if you ask me.
The staff is professional and do their best to make things comfortable. But I am guessing they follow directions. They room given to us was small for 3 adults and a doggie. The washrooms had inadequate lighting.
The food served to us was delicious and hearty. Serene environments. Can head for long walks around the property. No real civilization for almost 10 kms. Completely isolated.
Strongly advise against traveling in Winters (Dec, Jan, Feb).
I visited ET on the 6th of December 2016. It was our anniversary and I have been looking for a place in the hills which was not too expensive, easy to drive to from Delhi and most important, Dog friendly.
I have always had this dream of travelling with my 2 boisterous, ill behaved dogs to a place with open fields and lots of sunshine. Unfortunately, there are not many pet friendly places in India and the ones which are there may have rules which untrained, silly dogs might not pay two hoots to. However, Emerald Trail came as a breath of fresh air. They have fenced cottages which meant I could leave my dogs unleashed without worrying about them running away. The place provided food for my pets. Whatever the diet of your pet is, they will gladly provide it. They also have beds for your pets.
The cottages are very clean, bathroom is very clean. You get hot water continuously. The care taker cleans your room everyday and makes your bed.
The food is home cooked and is delicious. You can choose between veg and non-veg and between eggs, chicken and mutton or all. We got chicken for lunch, mutton for dinner and eggs for breakfast. Our dogs were given rice and chicken soup with vegetables and roti.
The property also is well maintained and very clean. It gets ample sunshine and just 6-8 hours drive from Delhi (depends what time you start)
The roads are also well maintained near the property. There are paragliding options near it and some decent cafes about 10 kms drivable distance. Its away from crowded places and general loud populated areas yet close to civilisation in terms of distance from markets and shops. The room had a TV with cable connection. Phone signals were working fine too.
The biggest strength of this place is the staff which works very hard to keep you comfortable. They are very courteous and helpful. Its a place near the forest and away from habitation yet they managed to set up a candle light dinner at their gazebo and gave us wild roses (since there isn't any florists available) for our anniversary.
The only drawback this place has is that its not wheelchair friendly and may not be suitable for toddlers unless you want to keep a watch on them all the time.
Big kids however will enjoy since there is a play area too with swings and slides.
Emerald Trail is among the best places to stay at for people with pets. Pretty views, simple yet lovely rooms, warm and very friendly staff and the food is home cooked and amazing. The resort sits on a turn and has a brilliant view of the valley.
We discovered Emerald Trail on the internet and also had this recommended to us by a friend and liked what we read and heard. We spoke with the proprietor and liked what we heard about the property. We have 3 big dogs and a cat hence were recommended the standalone cottage with a fenced off garden.
The approach to Bhimtal is mostly great expect for one batch before Rampur(I think) which is quite terrible. The approach to the resort is great and parking is not an issue. The very friendly staff helped us with our luggage, seemed comfortable around our dogs yet were smart enough to check with us if they should handle them, so we knew the staff had experience around dogs.
Our cottage was spacious, simple( thank god, so we knew that the dogs wouldn't do any damage) and had a very cosy sit out area with a nice fenced off area attached to cottage. Our dogs loved it plus they can do their business anywhere in the property except for inside the room so you don't have worry about walking the dogs. You can actually walk them when you feel like taking a walk. One of the coolest things was the resorts attitude towards dogs; staff was friendly towards them, there are massive open spaces in case you want your dogs to run or play, they give you great, fresh food for the dogs and ours loved it.
The rooms don't have room service, they are clean, nice and warm. We had a great sit out area outsides ours and we pretty much spent most of our 3 days enjoying the view there.
The meal timings are fixed and there is a fixed menu however the food is fresh, home cooked, plenty and very well done. We had our meals delivered to our room however they also have these very simple gazebos where you can have your meals. Quite stunning at night when they switch on the fairy lights and during the rain and mist.
The resort also has a central cottage and 2 other stand alone cottages which is why it could be a brilliant venue for the great extended Indian family or private functions where you might be the only couple with pets.
To summarize we have already planned and booked our next 2 holidays at Emerald Resort and would recommend it to anyone who would like to find a place within driving distance from Delhi where they can go with their pets and/or their entire family.
We visited in march 2016 .. we are 3 couples ... first of all it is very far from Bhimtal too.. it is around 15 to 18 km away you have to move upside ... in nights when you go up from bhimtal there is no signboard to reach there .... it is not recommended at all for night travelers... as you can reach somewhere else as there is no sign board ... ,local people also dont know about so much .. and also who believe in GPS to reach this place will not able to reach there ...
Now about place, it is at a great location ... many sports you can play there ... but rooms are small, bathrooms are very very small .. Food is also ok type .. you have to eat that food as there is no alternative there .... if you have a pet especially dog it is highly recommended but if you want to stay at this location and want to go nanital from this place it is not recommended .. as we have done same thing .. we have suffered from this .. around 2 hrs wasted up and down...
So only pet lovers can book this . Not for family/couples .
Emerald Trail was not the 1st choice Wen we were shortlisting family resorts for the Independence Day Weekend... But the valley views n 4star plus reviews, also the location had something that attracted us.. I researched and finally after a couple of days.. with all the details on hand.. booked it.. stayed thr..
And now am writing a Review for it..
Almost at the end of the road on the Naukuchiatal Rd.. On the top of the mountain.. it's an Amazingly Beautiful place to stay.. with Friends or Families.. Simple yet Nicely done rooms..Got a Decent sized Common Area .. n got the Dinner area with a view too.. The rooms in the main bldg are good.. carpeted n cozy.. with nice balconies which open in the garden area.. with greens all around us.. Good space for badminton.. gully cricket.. or some other outdoor sports with kids n friends.. It was Rainy, so it made the place look more Beautiful n Charming.. We booked all the 8 rooms so it was funtimes with our kids playing.. Well Managed by the staff thr.. I remember Lalit n Prakash.. they took good care of us.. Food was decent and healthy.. Coz of hills the network was weak n not accessible at all areas of the property.. Nice place to Chill with family.. relax n retire frm all the hustles of life..
Beautiful Drive abt 10kms frm the Lake, I wud certainly recommend this place to all.. 5 stars from my side.. Will surely visit again.. this time in winters..