A Sprawling Wellness Forest Retreat – The Sal Woods

The next time you are planning a trip to Mussoorie, ditch the 5-star hotels and resorts, for a stay amidst the wilderness.


Book yourself a stay at the Sal Woods Forest Retreat & Spa, nestled in the gorgeous Doon Valley! Located amidst the misty valleys, it is one of the most gorgeous and offbeat hotels in Mussoorie (precisely Dehradun). 

The sprawling oasis of exotically diverse flora and fauna, Sal Woods boasts of an atmosphere that is inimitably Asian. It is stunningly located beneath the canopy of Sal forests wherein you can immerse in the serenity of unbroken silence while enjoying the unbeatable Himalayan views.

A heartwarming Ganesha life-size idol greets visitors at the reception. The first thought to cross my mind was – so secluded – aah bliss!! There are Sal trees at every corner of the tastefully done retreat. All the wooden decks and terraces along the winding alleys look just perfect, complementing the aura of the resort set in harmony, offering unbeatable views of the queen of the hills – Mussoorie.

All the wooden decks and terraces along the winding alleys look just perfect, complementing the aura of the resort set in harmony, offering unbeatable views of the queen of the hills – Mussoorie.

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Reception at The Sal Woods

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Outside the gorgeous reception

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Ganesha figurine at the reception

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Hotel’s pathway leading to the rooms

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Beautiful cottages amidst wilderness

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Always happy staying at hotels that are so green

But that’s not all. The major highlight of The Sal Woods that sets it apart from other hotels in Mussoorie and Dehradun is the gorgeous gazebos, perfect for chilling with your friends or partners while admiring the beauty of majestic Himalayas.

We couldn’t resist the charming setup and found ourselves inside the gazebos every half an hour!

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Clean gazebos perfect for sitting and dining

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Amazing moveable sitting chairs – our fav!

The rooms were pretty basic though they could have been spacious. Even the bathrooms were nothing extraordinary. What I liked about the rooms was its cute balcony overlooking the Himalayas – sheer beauty!

Meanwhile, The Sal Woods swimming pool is also amazing – large and overlooking the stunning valleys. You can indulge in an array of outdoor activities to unwind and make the most of your time. There’s plenty you can do – indulge in activities like tree climbing, mountain biking, crossing Burma bridge, rock climbing, archery, etc.


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Swimming pool overlooking the beautiful valley views

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Freestanding umbrella at the swimming pool deck

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Indulge in an array of activities

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The restaurant is as gorgeous as well

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Staple Indian breakfasts – paranthas with curd

More About The Sal Woods

  • The Sal Woods is just 22km from the famed Mall Road of Mussoorie. So it makes for a central point for tourists who wish to explore the city while staying away from the hustle-bustle.
  • The Gorgeous retreat is spread over an area of 4 acres and there are two ways taking you up there. Caution: You need to follow the sign boards to get up till there as GPS can take you through a shorter (highly scary) but tedious path, which can leave you irritated!
  • Sal Woods is located in a charming, secluded corner, far away from the touristy hustle-bustle of Mussoorie.
  • It is a 4 star resort and prices start at 5000INR/night (75USD).
  • Make sure you book a stay way ahead of time if you are visiting Mussoorie during summers as it can get occupied soon.
  • The gazebos sitting atop the swimming pool should be reserved soon as then you can have group fun over there.

We highly recommend a stay in this retreat if you are planning a trip to Mussoorie or Dehradun as both are a short drive away. You won’t be disappointed!


Here you can read a detailed itinerary for planning your trip to Mussoorie. 

You can also consult our itineraries on other destinations to explore within India.

Author: Prerna

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  • Reply Hendrik February 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    You somehow really have a talent to find such hidden gems. 75USD doesnt sound that much to me when I see what I will get for this. The view from the Swimming pool just looks fantastic. All in all this could be exactly the kind of Spa vacation I would prefer 🙂

  • Reply Christian Gertsen February 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    This is indeed a hidden Gem! What about travelling from Amsterdam to Mussoorie? I never been in India before.

  • Reply Florence February 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wow… The view and style of this hotel are just perfect!
    Everything looks so natural 🙂
    And what a price! Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Elena (@TravelingBytes) February 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I am always looking for places off the touristy roads. I guess, it’s great that so many people travel these days, but it also makes more popular destinations too crowded. Admittedly, I don’t have plans visiting Mussoorie anytime soon. However, if I ever decide to go there, the Sal Woods look like a place I would like to stay overnight or, perhaps, even couple days. The pool looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Nicholas Danis Bertrand February 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This place looks like the ideal place to relax and recharge the soul with positive energy.,It looks like the perfect retreat in nature.So great that it’s away from the touristy hustle-bustle of Mussoorie.And all of this for such a great price, You guys really found a gem!It’s on my lists of places to visit now and I’ll make sure not to miss it when visiting India.

  • Reply Nastja Novak February 27, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    It sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of Mussoorie before. I’m going to India in a month myself, but to Kerala. Maybe next time i’m going to visit this place!

  • Reply Cat | For Two, Please February 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    A really cute spot for a mountain retreat! It is the perfect place where I see myself relaxing and enjoying the view! Plus, the price is really affordable!

  • Reply Iuliana Marchian March 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I was to the Greek islands last summer and I enjoyed the gazebos, too. They are so perfect for sitting and dining, and the curtains create a perfect atmosphere. The retreat at Sal Woods seems a great one.

  • Reply Gracie March 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I like the idea that it is secluded. Perfect for relaxing and of course you want to have a quality time with your partner! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply mark wyld March 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Looks relaxing and enjoyable perfect for those that like this sort of wellness stuff lol

  • Reply Patricia Esquivel March 4, 2017 at 5:08 am

    This is a very interesting place, your pictures are amazing made me translate to the place. Hope one day to visit it, thanks for the recommendation !

  • Reply Ilana March 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

    It looks like a little corner of paradise! I love the photos too!

  • Reply Madhurima Maiti March 5, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Sal Woods really sounds great! Absolutely loving the setting and the facilities are also good in accordance with the budget. Adventure activities are also a plus facility. Next time, I would like to check this retreat and spa when in Musoorie.

  • Reply Janine Good March 5, 2017 at 4:08 am

    What a beautiful sanctuary that looks peaceful and not is not overly high-priced. I would love to stay here for a retreat and unplug for a couple of days!

  • Reply Gareth March 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Now, this really does look like a lot of fun and while $75 is not to be sniffed at, the experience looks more than worth it. Certainly, those little gazebos look like a wonderful place to sit and linger over a meal while the view from the swimming pool is just pristine. But, even when you are done relaxing, it’s great to know there is a lot more to do like archery and mountain biking which, I think most of us can agree, is pretty great value

  • Reply Marlies March 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This retreat looks amazing! I would love to come here and relax 🙂 And it’s not expensive at all, which is always nice! That swimming pool looks amazing btw!

  • Reply neha March 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I am definitely going to check Sal woods when I visit Mussorrie. I love these kind of offbeat and retreat places. Are these eco friendly as well ? it looks like that from the pictures of the cottages.

  • Reply jeff johnson April 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    This is looks cool, I never been to India yet. But I have a friend from India who recommend me to visit India. I would definitely go to India someday.

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