If you have not read the amazing travel experience from Rebecca before reading this article, we highly recommend that you do so here. As you can see from her experience, Bhutan is not an ordinary location. It is a modern country that still has one foot squarely locked in the past. It is moving forward slowly without actually compromising on what its history means.
A few of the keywords that Bhutan is renowned for include the preservation and protection of its natural environment, the preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, and the careful progress in sustainable socio-economic development. Simply put, Bhutan is different from anything that you might have seen before. However, that does not mean that you cannot explore Bhutan in luxury.
The Taj Tashi
This was where the journey ended after the first day. The Taj Tashi is a luxury hotel that is located in the heart of the Thimphu Valley. It is a gateway to a land steeped in magic and mythology.
This hotel blends together modern design and Bhutan’s traditional Dzong architecture. There are 66 elegant guestrooms, most of which offer spectacular views of the mountains high above the Thimphu valley.
The hotel is located in the capital city of Thimpu, making this a perfect place to stay if you want to explore the pristine wilderness, scenic mountain passes, centuries-old street festivals, and spectacular monasteries.
Le Méridien Thimphu
Le Méridien Thimphu is located in the heart of the capital city, Thimphu. It has 78 spaciously appointed suites and guest rooms, each of which draws its inspiration from the Bhutanese culture. The hotel has a convenient location, near many of the attractions offered by the city. It is close enough to the commercial streets of the city-center so you are where the action is, but calm enough to where you can enjoy yourself.
If you want more than just luxury, the Uma by COMO, Punakha is sure to offer you an amazing stay that goes beyond what you have come to expect. You will find the hotel at a bend in the Mo Chu River, right atop a hillside. This means that you have spectacular views of the Mo Chu River and the Punakha Valley – looking across the orchards and rice fields.
There are eight deluxe Valley View rooms that offer spacious bathrooms, king-size beds, spectacular views, and private terraces. You can overlook the surrounding valley, mountains, and forest here.
Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
The Gangtey Goenpa Lodge offers and interactive and luxurious experience that you will have to experience for yourself to appreciate. There is clear inspiration drawn from the beautiful and unique Bhutanese rural architecture.
The lodge’s focal point is the informal dining space and lounge that offers wall to ceiling views of the valley below. The rich fabrics and plush leather sofas encourage travelers to share stories about their moments in Bhutan. There are two fireplaces that are both encased in local stone. There are twelve guestrooms, each of them beautifully appointed and with their own private fireplace. Each of the rooms carefully reflects the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan with earthen tones and warm fabrics.
There are only five lodges found at Amankora, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in exclusivity and opulence. The contrast of contemporary design and rustic elements. The lodges are surrounded by orchards and forests, making this a spectacular scenic point.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel
The combination of the 21st century technology with the receptivity of a Bhutanese guesthouse is what draws most people to the Zhiwa Ling hotel. There are 45 rooms available, with modern Swedish under-floor heating, masterful stonework, and elaborate hand-carved wooden cornices.
Considering that the hotel spreads across more than 10 acres, there are plenty of amenities available to the guests here. These include a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath, steam room, sauna, fitness center, and more facilities than guests could possibly want. A selection of which include its own greenhouse, a meditation house, two fully equipped conference rooms, and teahouse.
There are two onsite restaurants, both which specialize in classic Bhutanese dishes and contemporary international cuisine. Most guests believe that a pre-dinner drink at the Mad Monk Bar is one of the highlights of staying here. The second floor of the hotel is home to a temple, built with timber from the famous Gangtey Monastery – more than 450 years old.
Uma by COMO
This resort has 29 rooms, offering one of the most exclusive places to stay in the Paro Valley. Staying here means that you are near many of the great cultural landmarks that Bhutan has to offer. The restaurant found here is a Royal favorite and excursions here range from Himalayan camping adventures to yoga.
The villas are built out of handcrafted tiles, wood, and stone, making them feel truly Bhutanese and luxurious at the same time. Local artists painted the wooden furniture with beautiful flowers. This is truly a beautiful blend between traditional and modern Bhutan.