Best Luxury Stays In Bhutan: Where Opulence Meets Tradition

From the panoramic vistas that offer a connection to nature to the architectural wonders that showcase Bhutanese traditions, each aspect of these accommodations adds up to a worthwhile experience
Prepare for an unforgettable journey of luxury and serenity
Prepare for an unforgettable journey of luxury and serenityZhiwa Ling Heritage/website

Bhutan, a charming destination nestled in the majestic Himalayas, invites travellers to enjoy life to the fullest with its breathtaking scenery, a place where luxury meets tradition. From awe-inspiring landscapes to architectural marvels, prepare for an unforgettable journey of luxury, serenity, and cultural experiences. We invite you to embark on a trip via panoramic views, tranquil retreats, and gourmet delights as we explore the essence of luxury hospitality in Bhutan. 

Six Senses Bhutan - Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, & Bumthang

Six Senses
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Six Senses Bhutan presents a unique concept of five distinct lodges sprawled across the valleys of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang. Every setting has been carefully curated to give visitors a full range of experiences. The luxurious and tranquil lodges, which come in a variety of styles, highlight the diversity and character of each valley. From sunrise meditations and holistic spa treatments to personalised astrology readings and butter lamp lighting ceremonies to splendid hikes and excursions through pristine woods, the goal is to leave rejuvenated and reconnected. 

Price: Starts from INR 110,000 per night (prices may vary) 

Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi
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With its ancient Dzong architecture, this massive five-star hotel creates a real statement in the Thimpu Valley. Buddhist murals cover the walls, gold-leaf paintings adorn the communal areas, and there are opulent touches everywhere. Taj Tashi offers a total of 66 luxurious rooms and suites, each providing stunning views of the Thimphu Valley and mountains. The rooms are spacious and adorned with traditional Bhutanese art, offering a blend of luxury and cultural authenticity.

The opulent marble bathrooms and modern amenities make this a truly luxurious experience. The Jiva Spa at Taj Tashi is a highlight, offering traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths and a range of holistic wellness treatments inspired by Indian Ayurveda and traditional Bhutanese therapies. Along with having access to two restaurants and a tea lounge, guests can unwind and enjoy the stunning mountain passes and monasteries of the country.

Price: Starts from INR 41,000 per night (prices may vary)

Amankora - Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, & Bumthang

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Amankora, part of the prestigious Aman group of hotels, offers a chain of luxury lodges spread across five of Bhutan’s most scenic and culturally significant locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang. If you're looking for consistent luxury throughout your time in Bhutan, be sure to check into one of the Amankora lodges. They all combine stunning on-site spas, restaurants serving interesting fusion cuisine (yak carpaccio, anyone? ), and personalised events like picnics by the bonfire. 

They also blend traditional components and contemporary design. Some of the properties give you a flavour of local customs, while others are located close to monasteries with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. 

Price: Starts from INR 99,600 per night (prices may vary)

Le Meridien Thimphu

Le Meridien Thimphu
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Le Méridien Thimphu is a contemporary luxury hotel located in the heart of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. As part of the renowned Le Méridien hotel chain, it offers a unique blend of local Bhutanese culture and modern sophistication. Le Meridien Thimphu features nine spacious penthouse suites among its significant 78 guest rooms. They now have the maximum rooms in Bhutan's base category of hotels. 

This property is near Memorial Chorten, Phajoding Monastery, and Changangkha Lhakhang. Located on the banks of the Paro River, Le Meridien Paro has a stunning Buddhist stupa just outside its doors. The Paro Taktsang monastery is less than thirty minutes away.

Price: Starts from INR 49,000 per night (prices may vary)

Como Uma - Paro & Punakha

Como Uma
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Como Uma Paro and Punakha are part of the Como Hotels and Resorts, known for their luxurious accommodations that blend local culture with contemporary design. Each location in the heart of Bhutan offers a unique experience. Como Uma Paro offers nine opulent private villas, 20 bedrooms, and a Como Shambhala Retreat. The laid-back decor is accented with work by local artisans. "Bukhari" is an on-site restaurant named after a traditional Bhutanese fireplace.

It serves both local and international cuisine, focusing on organic and locally sourced ingredients. A five-hour drive from Paro, the intimate Como Uma Punakha is located in one of Bhutan's holiest valleys. There are eleven rooms with expansive views of the valley below, where the Mo Chu River meanders past orchards and rice terraces.

Price: Starts from INR 44,000 per night (prices may vary)

Zhiwa Ling Heritage - Paro

Zhiwa Ling Heritage
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Nestled in the serene and picturesque Paro Valley, Zhiwa Ling Heritage is close to some of Bhutan's most iconic landmarks, including the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. Zhiwa Ling Heritage’s impressive and traditional  Bhutanese-styled wood and stone exterior is a unique selling point for this first and only five-star hotel here that is entirely Bhutanese-owned. Luxurious suites with patios, plush beds, and exquisite bathrooms await guests at this Paro luxury hotel, which strikes a beautiful balance between modern facilities and local architecture. 

The hotel's striking lobby is just the beginning of a fantastic stay. Visit the Bhutan National Museum, Rinpung Dzong, and Paro Taktsang for sightseeing in between. You can also unwind at the on-site spa, visit the hotel's fitness centre, and have fun on the waterslide.

Price: Starts from INR 43,000 per night (prices may vary)

Gangtey Lodge - Phobjikha Valley

Gangtey Lodge
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Gangtey Lodge in the Phobjikha Valley is more than just a luxury accommodation; it's a holistic experience that combines the serenity of nature, the richness of Bhutanese culture, and the comforts of modern luxury, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking tranquillity and an authentic Bhutanese experience. Highlights of the stunning Gangtey Lodge include wall-to-ceiling windows with views of the valley below.

The rest of the building was designed by globally acclaimed designer Mary Lou Thompson, using natural stone and drawing inspiration from traditional Bhutanese architecture. The lodge prides itself on its culinary offerings, with a focus on organic, locally sourced ingredients. The menu features a mix of Bhutanese and Western dishes. Guests can relax on the spacious, cosy leather couches in the communal dining and lounge area after a day of hiking in the surrounding Phobjikha Valley's hills.

Price: Starts from INR 20,000 per night (prices may vary)

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