Guests can also enjoy a leisurely stroll on the peaceful pathways or a swim in the pool which is fed daily by the fresh spring waters, a game of Badminton, Snooker or Table Tennis; relax in the private balcony while sipping a cup of coffee/tea. Dining at Suvastu or at the BBQ garden under the stars by the candle-lit elegance - the choice is yours.
Set in six acres of rugged landscape, surrounded by legendary mountains, Swat Serena Hotel offers breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks in the Himalayan mountain rangeSwat Serena offers its guests a wide selection of local and continental delicacies at the Dumani Restaurant ... together with the scenic sights of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
The full-service Jutial Lounge serves light meals throughout the day and fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, tea and coffee, cocktails, wines, spirits and liqueurs. Theme nights in the Jutial Lounge and campfire night with a barbecue dinner and local dance and music provide interesting choices to the discerning palate. Oh by the way, you need to have a special permit to buy or drink alcohol in Pakistan which is allowed for non-Muslim foreigners only. Contact your embassy officials.The hotel also offers many recreational opportunities like a badminton court, board games, vast gardens and a children's play area.
|ACCOMMODATION:The Hotel’s Colonial based architecture is located in the scenic perfection of the lower Swat valley. Swat Serena is the perfect gateway - a place where time slows down, and life can become a leisurely stroll in 6 acres of rose gardens which blend effortlessly into the landscape and work in gentle harmony with the natural environment.
The rooms, each with an interrupted view over the well maintained gardens and the surrounding spectacular view of Hindukush range, are styled to the traditional Swati concept featuring beadwork, carved wood furniture and all the comforts of unabashed luxuries..
RESTURANT::In our Dumani restaurant, which offers a panoramic view of the Swat valley.
From June to September traditional BBQ is served in our serene and lush green garden/lawns.
Garden Breakfast/Afternoon tea
Just inform the Restaurant Manager and he will arrange the breakfast in the garden where you can watch the Sunrise and the chirping of the most beautiful birds of this area. Evening teas can be arranged as per your wish in the room veranda or in the private garden of your room
Give us two hours advance notice and we shall be pleased to arrange fresh Rainbow Trout and cook it the way which will suit to your palette
If you are traveling in a group, special indoor or out door Bon-fire dinners can be arranged along with the local orchestra
With just a day’s advance notice, we can take you to the 18 hole Golf course with every minute detail chalked out in advance
Trained guides are available to take you onto the tracks which lie in the close vicinity of the hotel
After Dinner Movies
Inform our Manager on Duty and select from our list and the choice is yours if you would like to watch in your room or in our Wali’s Lounge
To all, Swat Serena is a resort destination and you can plan your daily activities in consultation with our leisure Manager. Swat Serena is located in the quite environment of Saidu Sharif which is the Administrative Capital of Swat District. The local bazaar is located at a distance of 5 minutes drive from the hotel and all the worth seeing places are conveniently located at one and half hours to two and a half hours drive.
You can visit the centuries old Buddhist sites. The excavations which started in 1956 and out of many, the most important monastery of the country was found which is located 4 kilometers north of Saidu Sharif.
Swat is the most beautiful spot in Pakistan and this enchanting land is full of attractions for tourists. With its lush green valleys, fertile fields, foam fringed river that soars and tumbles along its stony bed and the distant snow capped mountains, SWAT still is preserving its natural beauty and rural simplicity.
Overlooking the beautiful landscaped rose gardens, the room balcony/ verandah offers exceptional bird watching as well.
The hotel’s 10 seat coaster drives daily to different sites of interest at scheduled timings :
• Day trip to one of the two ski resorts of Pakistan located at an elevation of 9000 feet above sea level
• Visit to the Trout hatchery at Madyan which is at an elevation of 4335 feet and is located 56 kilometers north of Saidu Sharif. This town is in the heart of upper Swat River in the green hills
• Fishing at the Swat River along with guides
• Shopping at the Chinese gift shops
• Visit to the local museum
• Trekking along with our knowledgeable guide
• Sunrise breakfast at the Swat River bank
• Sunset dinner at Chakdara
• In-house movies in our Wali’s lounge
• Traditional Qisakhawani BBQ under the stars while listening to the mystic tunes of the local rabab and tabla players
• Dining in elegance at Suvastu Restaurant
• Outdoor lunches
• Teas at the visit sites
• Visit to the 18 hole Golf course (upon prior request)
GUEST SERVICES & AMENITIES:
Fishing in the Swat River, Private picnics
at Malam Jabba, Madyan or at the river banks. Daily sightseeing trips to the Gandhara civilization excavations or shopping in the local handicraft shops, trekking, hiking on the surrounding mountains provided with professional guides makes a day worthwhile .
- Express check-in/ out
- Full House keeping services (laundry, shoeshine, valet, baby sitting, special menus etc.)
- Extensively stocked Swati gift shops
- Doctor on call with backup medical facilities
- Swimming pool
- A range of board games and Library with informative maps
- Outdoor Badminton court
- 24 hours business center equipped with Photocopier, Fax, Internet and International telephone lines
- 18 hole golf course (available upon prior request)
THE SERENA ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTE:
Swat Serena Hotel Employees Environmental Committee (GSH, EEC) is very actively working towards the protection of the environment. With additional traffic and increasing number of visitors, this continues to be a challenge.
PLANNING A CONFERENCE?
Swat Serena provides exquisite conference and leisure facilities with all the up-to-date audio and visuals aids. The peaceful atmosphere of Serena provides an eventful teaching and learning opportunities at our Wali’s lounge which is situated at ground level.
You may give us your conference/ details and the rest we will do. From your transport arrangements to the time you check out from the hotel. Either it is a board room arrangement, class room, U-shaped or a mere theatrical arrangement, we are equipped for it. The session breaks can be arranged in the quite corners of the gardens where you can listen to the chirping and humming of the most beautiful birds of this region.
We can also arrange hot Lunches, Dinners, BBQ’s, Tea/ Snacks or packed Lunch boxes at your picnic sites. If you want to have an afternoon session away from the regular meeting room that can also be arranged. You can have the off time meals at picnic sites where we can arrange a range of activities for you to enjoy and relax after a hectic day’s session.
At the end of a day you will not find yourself in the midst of the maddening traffic or in polluted air but refreshing evening will wait for you and take you into the night till the moment you may find yourself in the coziness of your bed. So, why wait !
Plan your Honey moon, Anniversary, Holidays or any other event with us and you may witness the unique offerings and events that you would like to experience at Swat Serena Hotel.
Swat has been inhabited for over two thousand years. The first inhabitants were settled in well planned towns. In 327 BC, Alexander the great fought his way to Udigram and Barikot. In Greek accounts these Towns have been identified as Ora and Bazira. Around the 2nd century BC the area was occupied by the Buddhists. In the beginning of 11th century AD, Mahmood of Ghazni invaded Swat and defeated the local ruler, Raja Gira. In 1926 the British acknowledged Swat as a separate State and Miangul Abdul Wadud as the Wali( ruler ). In 1969 Swat was fully absorbed into Pakistan as Swat District.
Swat is one of the most beautiful valleys lying in the monsoon belt and is more fertile than the valleys further north. In lower Swat the valley is wide and the fields on either side of the River are full of wheat. In upper Swat the narrow River tumbles through pine forests hemmed in by snow-capped mountains.
The people of Swat are Muslim Pathans, Kohistanis and Gujars. Some have very distinct features and claim to be the descendants of Alexander the great. The Swati women wear colorful embroidered shalwar-kamiz and large sized shawls, whereas the men wear shalwar-kamiz with embroidered cap or turbans. The local languages are Pashto and Kohistani, though Urdu and English are also understood and spoken. Majority of the people are educated.
The monetary unit is the Pakistan Rupee and worth of 57 Rupees is equivalent to one U.S. Dollar. U.S. dollars and U.K. pounds can be converted into the local currency and all the major credit cards are accepted.
Two Hospitals are located in the close proximity of the hotel and our In-house Doctor is on 24 hour call with all the backup medical facilities.