Traditionally, Bhutan’s five-star hotels have gone after the culturally curious traveler. These new offerings will cater to different crowds, including adventurers and spiritual seekers. Here, our top hotel partners
Aman became Bhutan’s first luxury brand when it debuted its Paro property in 2004. Besides that lodge, it now has four others in Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha, and Thimphu. Collectively known as Amankora, the five have eight to 24 rooms and first-rate spas. Aman encourages travelers to make a kora, a circular journey of discovery, throughout central and western Bhutan.
Bhutan’s first all-inclusive wellness retreat. Designed to look like a traditional dzong/ fortress, each of the 24 rooms has a view of the neighboring monastery. An eight-treatment-room spa employs Bhutanese doctors as “well-being guides” and offers meditation, yoga, and massages that utilize indigenous herbs.
This 29-room resort set a new standard in Bhutan. Each of the nine villas delivers views of Paro valley and each comes with a butler and we can arrange everything from archery lessons to soaking sessions in the hotel’s traditional hot stone bathhouse.
Situated in the lush Punakha valley, overlooking a snakelike bend in the Mo Chhu River, this 10-room property is an ideal base for active travelers looking to take advantage of the area’s fantastic hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting.
The wellness-focused luxury brand is setting a new bar, with a five-lodge circuit throughout Bhutan. Each hotel has 25 or fewer rooms and is distinctly designed to reflect its location. While Aman and COMO properties are in similar areas, Six Senses locations are exceptional because the owner is an in-law of the royal family. Six Senses Paro, for example, is perched directly above the National Museum of Bhutan, next to 15th-century dzong ruins.
Inspired by the traditional wood and stone farmhouses of Bhutan, this 12-room hotel has luxe touches including heated floors, wood-burning fireplaces, and soaking tubs with valley views. We offer activities, such as treks to view the famous black-necked cranes (October through March) and visits to a nearby monastery where guests can join monks for evening prayers. Soon to introduce a glamping experience this fall.
To open two Bhutan camps — a riverfront lodge at Serigang Village in Punakha offering rafting, kayaking, hiking, and more; and a mobile tented camp that will follow Bhutan’s festival locations.
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