Amankora Lodges – rated luxury.
Combining ‘aman’, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ and ‘kora’ meaning ‘circular pilgrimage’ in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora is a series of luxury lodges in Bhutan’s central and western valleys.
These small lodges, owned and operated by the internationally acclaimed Aman Resorts, represent the pinnacle of luxury in Bhutan and are a 5 star ++ standard. You have the option of taking the 7 or 10 night Amankora Journey or supplement your basic Bhutan traditional hotels with a few nights of luxury.
Zhiwa Ling Resort Paro – Heritage Style
The 45-room Zhiwa Ling combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of modern day technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel’s elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with improved telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating.
Uma By COMO Paro – rated 5+*
The 5 star resort is located on a pine covered hillside close to Paro town. The 29 room Uma by COMO Paro is surrounded by orchards, valleys and terraced mountains. It may lie in a hidden Himalayan kingdom, however when it comes to detail guests used to higher standards of luxury will feel at home.
Built by traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans the hotel is infused with clean lined modernism whilst maintaining the feel of a Bhutanese village melding into the Blue Pine forest on the cliffs above. Watch the moon rise and the sun set and be moved by the uplifting sense of quiet.
Uma by COMO Punakha – rated 5+*
The intimate 11-room Uma by COMO Punakha will offer a COMO Shambala Spa Retreat featuring 2 treatment rooms, one with a hot stone bath, and offering traditional Bhutanese therapies.
The hotel is situated on a hillside in the verdant Punakha Valley, a five-hour drive from the airport at Paro Valley, and just 3.5 hours from Thimphu, the Kingdom’s capital.
Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha – rated 5*
The 24 suites are set in six cottages, all with private balconies. They encapsulate the beauty of simplicity; the spacious interiors are deliberately understated in design.
Gangtey Lodge – Rated luxury
Gangtey lodge (formerly Gangtey Goenpa Lodge) offers every possible comfort that one should expect in a fine country home. It’s remote location in the heart of Bhutan, allows one to take a step back in time; away from the stresses and materialism of modern day life.
All 12 guest suites command sweeping views of the valley below and of the Gangtey Goenpa (monastery). Heated hand cut stone floors and deep bathtubs next to beautiful glass door wood burning stoves (bukharis) complete the sense of luxury and coziness.
Terma Linca Resort & Spa – Thimphu – Rated 5+*
The delightful Terma Linca Resort & Spa is strategically located in a semi-rural setting on the outskirts of Bhutan’s quirky capital, Thimphu. With the awesome Golden Buddha overlooking the resort, good karma is close at hand.
Taj Tashi Hotel Thimphu – rated 5+*
Thimphu, the vibrant & charming capital of Bhutan, rests in the heart of the Himalayas at 2350 m above sea level and overlooking the Wang Chu river valley.
The accommodation at the international standard 5* Taj Tashi includes 57 deluxe & luxury rooms and 9 suites. The spacious luxuriously appointed rooms reflect the essence in Bhutanese art and architecture in a contemporary setting with both Thimphu city and mountain views.