Bhutan’s 5 best luxury hotels

Though five-star luxury may not be the first thing that springs to mind when one thinks of Bhutan, ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’ does offer a selection of stunning hotels, strategically placed around the country so that every corner has somewhere that offers a sophistication and elegance of accommodation to match any other country in this region.

Gangtey Lodge, Gangte Valley

Nestled away in the heart of the beautiful Gangte Valley near the centre of Bhutan, the Gangtey Lodge offers the ideal luxury abode from which to explore the stunning surroundings. With the interior exclusively designed by award-winning designer Mary Lou Thomson and with only 12 guest rooms, the lodge offers an intimacy that is difficult to match and really allows you to unwind and soak in the scenery at your own pace.

Como Uma Punakha, Punakha Valley

Exuding tranquillity and relaxation, Como Uma Punakha is located deep in the west of Bhutan in the Punakha Valley. Two free-standing luxury villas and eight deluxe hillside rooms make this a unique and exclusive hideaway. Whether you’re in search of an adventurous escape to the surrounding forest, brimming with hikes to famous Bhutanese Temples such as the Divine Madman, or you want to get back in control of your senses by enjoying a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath in total serenity, Como Uma Punakha is an ideal pit stop on any Bhutan tour.

Dhensa, Punakha Valley

Located in the heart of the Punakha Valley, Dhensa offers 24 luxurious suites which are light and open, keeping an elegant simplicity which highlights the beautiful nature that surrounds the hotel. It’s little wonder that Dhensa literally means ‘Heavenly Abode’ in Bhutanese, something that’s brought to life in their magnificent spa which contains its own hand-blended Bhutanese oils. Revive your senses and restore your spirit in this magical place after a long day discovering the surrounding hills.

Como Uma Paro, Paro

With a philosophy of providing each and every one of their guests with a unique and spiritual experience of Bhutan, The Uma Paro boasts sleek modern style interiors with jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and exquisitely prepared gourmet Bhutanese local cuisine. When it comes to Bhutan, one of the experiences that you simply cannot miss out on is the hike to the Tiger’s Nest and there is no hotel better placed as your base camp than Como Uma Paro.

Amankora Thimpu, Thimpu

Take your pick from one of the 16 lavish private guest lodges of this magnificent hotel, located close enough to the capital’s main sights and shopping centres, yet remaining a secluded retreat. With beautiful rooms, contemporary Bhutanese architecture and breath-taking views of the eastern Himalayas peaks, the Amankora Thimpu has something for everyone.  Why not experience waking early to watch the sun rise over the valley as you meander through the rice fields? It’s one of those experiences that you don’t forget.

Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.

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  1. Amankora Thimpu, Thimpu looks interesting. Bhutan is one such place I’d love to visit again, and this time let it be a luxury trip!

  2. Jack says:

    I have been planning to travel Bhutan. I believe that I will have more fun in the future travel, because I love exploring a new culture and a new place.

  3. Jennifer says:

    What is it like to travel to Bhutan? Are there regular flights and accessible transport? I’m intrigued by Gantey Lodge. Intimacy is important to me in a destination and this looks like a relaxing destination. I’d love to explore this area, but I’ll need to find a good tour guide and company to book through I think.

  4. Louise says:

    Bhutan is not somewhere that I have ever thought of travelling to, but I do love visiting new countries. I wonder what the tourism is like in this country and whether it is safe to explore alone? I like the sound of Amankora Thimpu. I always prefer something more secluded but not too far out of reach of civilisation!

  5. Jane says:

    Reading these posts make me realise how little I know about places in Asia! I’m certainly loving the sound of Bhutan as it’s ‘the happiest place on earth’. Punakha Valley sounds magical and the perfect idea for a getaway. There are so many places in Asia to visit that are so close to nature – I’m overwhelmed!

  6. Sarah T says:

    Reading your posts makes me realise how little I know about Bhutan. Gangtey Lodge looks like a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the beautiful scenery! Amankora Thimpu also looks good as its close to the capital so could do lots of exploring and shopping. I’d love to be able to watch the sun rise there.

  7. Kelly Jones says:

    Bhutan has some beautiful hotels I love the sound of Dhensa it looks and sounds so simply elegant and I love a spa when I am on holiday I could see myself relaxing in a place like that. Gangtey Lodge sounds like a special experience too having a smaller place that is more intimate means you get more of an experience and hospitality.

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