Taj Tashi – Thimpu
Boasting sweeping views of the mountains that rise above Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi features a spectacular blend of Bhutan’s traditional fort-monastery architecture with the ultimate in modern design. The 66 elegant rooms and suites are decorated with colourful regional art, and are elegant, expansive and luxuriously appointed. The Jiva Spa offers signature treatments based on traditional Indian healing therapies and guests can tantalise their taste buds with a range of culinary experiences that combine fiery Bhutanese cuisine with Tibetan and European influences.
Six Senses, Punakha
Perched atop the magnificence of a fertile valley, Six Senses Punakha is a luxurious lodge offering beautiful suites and private pool villas. The ambiance is one of mountain chalet minimalist chic, lined with wood, and exuding a great warmth and serenity. Enjoy sweeping views of the picturesque surrounds dotted with traditional farm houses, lush patches of rice paddy fields and undulating mountains from the sparkling infinity pool. Relish sublime cuisine in the signature restaurant Ari, and dine on fresh local produce. Sink into relaxation with a variety of wellness activities including meditation, yoga, therapeutic treatments, and for the more actively inclined, a gym is available.
Gangtey Lodge, Phobjikha
The spectacular setting is a real draw at Gangtey Lodge, a lodge built from stone and wood to a design inspired by traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. From the informal lounge-restaurant there are knock-out views of the beautiful Gangtey Valley from its floor to ceiling windows, while relaxing in a leather sofa or over a bowl of soup at a long communal dining table. Two impressive fireplaces encased in local stone keep it cosy, ensuring guests can enjoy the pristine Bhutanese countryside all year round. The 12 rooms are very natural looking, but not short of luxurious trimmings, with stone floors, exposed brick walls, dark wooden beams, and furniture dressed in earthy tones. There’s a fireplace here too and feature windows with uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape that’s perfect for watching shooting stars in the velvet night sky or simply viewing the large moon from the balcony with warm packs and towels.
Tucked away within the magnificent Paro Valley, among glistening conifers, Amankora Paro contrasts rustic charm with contemporary design. This exceptional lodge offers the perfect setting from which to explore Paro. 24 exceptional suites boast a combined lounge and bedroom, furnished with a king-sized bed and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove, while lovely ensuite bathrooms feature a Terrazzo-clad bathtub and a refreshing shower. A lime-washed stone pavilion houses the living and dining areas, library boutique, and outdoor terrace. Floor to ceiling windows in the living area reveal dramatic views of the 17th century ruins of Drukyel Dzong and snowy mountain peaks. Six dwellings each house four suites, which offer king-sized beds, traditional wood-burning stoves, and large, terrazzo-clad baths. Guests can explore the breathtaking scenery on a selection of day treks, including one to the famed Tiger’s Nest monastery, clinging high to the jagged cliffs.