Amankora Paro, Amankora Punakha, Amankora Gangtey, Amankora Thimphuand Amankora Bumthangoffer a unique experience of Bhutan’s impressive dzongs (fortress-monasteries), historic lhakhangs (temples) and pristine Himalayan landscapes, opening access to traditions unchanged over centuries. The first international hotel company permitted to open in Bhutan; Amanresortsis the only international hotel group to offer its own accommodation and services throughout these valleys.
Sited in the picturesque Paro Valley near Balakha Village, 20 minutes from Paro’s only international airport, Amankora Paro is a 24-suite pine forest retreat commanding dramatic views of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong and the snow clad peak of Mount Jhomolhari at an elevation of 7,300 metres. Centred by a large flagstone courtyard, a lime-washed stone pavilion houses the living and dining room facilities, and library. Conceptualized as a ‘village’ and connected by flagstone pathways, the resort’s architecture draws inspiration from traditional Bhutanese building traditions.Suites are similar in design, featuring natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-paneled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and a large terrazzo-clad bath.There are six blocks of four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor.
Amankora’s Living Room is appointed with comfortable sofas and lounge chairs; an ideal spot for drinks and conversation, its floor to ceiling windows reveal a vista of Drukyel Dzong and snow- capped Jhomolhari beyond. The Library here provides a range of books on Buddhism and local lore, textiles and the Himalayas. Below the Living Room, the Dining Room opens onto a flagstone terrace above a mountain stream. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dining room specializes in Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes.
Overlooking the surrounding blue pine forest and Amankora Paro’sherb garden, the Spa’s relaxation and sauna rooms feature local timbers and glass walls filtering the forest light. A welcome return after treks, glass-walled treatment rooms feature hot stone baths with traditional massage and herb-based Bhutanese healing therapies. Spa facilities feature a yoga and meditation room.
Sited in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, Amankora Thimphuis a 16-suite lodge providing ready access to the museums, shopping and numerous sites of Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu, yet remains a quiet retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Dzong-like architecture incorporates high stone, white-washed buildings accessed through an enclosed arrival court. Stairs lead to a dramatic combined Living and Dining Room with soaring ceilings and wood-paneled walls. Adjacent is a flagstone outdoor dining deck with views over the nearby stream and blue pine forest. Stairs lead down to the Spa which is appointed with three treatment rooms, and steam and sauna rooms. Suites are housed in two blocks joined to the lodge’s public areas by covered walkways. Consisting of a combined living and bedroom with a king-size bed, a reading chair and a window banquette, a traditional wood-burning bukhari stove is again provided, positioned between the bedroom and the spacious bathroom, which enjoys a view from the terrazzo-clad bath through a vertical window.
Situated just north of the impressive Punakha Dzong and the Puntsho Pelri Palace (private winter residence of His Majesty, the King), Amankora Punakhais accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu (Mother River). The lodge is centered by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built as a residence by Her Majesty the Queen Mother to oversee the surrounding paddy fields and fruit orchards. This grand structure, with its preserved vegetable dye wall-paintings, houses the Dining Room and on its upper floors offers intimate relaxation areas as well as a traditional altar room for meditation.
In Punakha’s temperate climate, the courtyard suits outdoor dining and relaxation. Adjacent is a tea pavilion that was once the royal kitchen, through which one accesses a two-storey building housing a yoga/meditation room with open views of the surrounding rice terraces on its upper level, while the lower level encompasses two private treatment rooms and a steam room. Eight suites are located in three rammed-earth buildings set in an orange orchard with views across the paddy fields and up the valley. Identical to those of Amankora Paro, suites are air-conditioned in the summer and feature wood-paneled interiors, a traditional wood-burning bukhari stove, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanities and daybed. One of the many highlights of Punakha is visiting the Punakha Dzong which straddles the confluence of the Mother (Mo) and Father (Pho) rivers.
In the spacious Phobjikha Valley near the quaint village of Gangtey, the eight suite Amankora Gangteyis set on a forested knoll with scenic views of the valley floor and the dominant 16th century Gangtey Goemba (monastery). One of Bhutan’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, the valley is home each winter to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes that arrive annually from Tibet. Lodge accommodations and guest facilities are encompassed in one rammed-earth building with the combined Living and Dining room appointed with cozy chairs and sofas, and communal-style dining tables, with valley views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lodge’s ground floor provides a yoga/meditation room and two massage treatment rooms.Individually heated during the winter months, suites offer a layout and design identical to that of Amankora Thimphu which combines wood panel and chocolate brown walls, the traditional wood-burning bukhari stove, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanity and daybed with views across the broad valley. Stays in the seldom-visited Phobjikha Valley begin with a stroll through the Gangtey village before visiting the ancient altars and ramparts of the massive Goemba. Numerous nature walks and treks are offered throughout the valley’s unique terrain and in winter, the reclusive black-necked cranes can be viewed from the nearby Crane Centre or a viewing hide situated near their main nesting and feeding grounds.
Amankora Bumthang The Chockhor Valley is covered with fields of buckwheat, millet and potato, with apple orchards climbing up the slopes to mix with the deep pine forest.Across the valley lie many of the Kingdom’s most auspicious and highly revered houses of worship and ancient monasteries, many decorated with still vibrant ancient wall paintings and richly adorned altars, all with colorful, mystical histories.The valley is known for its cottage industries which produce the sought after Bumthang butter, Gouda and Emmenthal cheese, honey and a variety of intriguing fruit spirits and brandies.Amankora’a neighboring Wangdicholing Palace was built in 1857 as the Kingdom’s first palace and is now the residence of a small monk body that also shares residence in an adjacent Goemba all overlooking five square chortens (Buddhist reliquary monuments)housing water-driven prayer wheels.
Tailor-made itineraries combining stays at any combination of Amankora lodges may be arranged.For guests staying seven nights or more, The Amankora Journey is a tailor-made itinerary which includes complimentary long road permits, private transport with driver and guide, plus one spa treatment per guest.
What’s Included: All meals and house beverages, Laundry and Accommodation. Trek to Tigers Nest with a private guide. Round trip airport transfers to and from the airport by private car. Long road permits, visa processing, private guide, driver and private car. One 60 minute complimentary Spa Treatment per guest per Amankora 7-night Journey.
Nearest Airport: Paro (PBH) 2 mi/3 km
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