kingdom Of Bhutan
As majestic as it is notoriously mysterious, Bhutan is only slowly opening up to foreign visitors, and remains enticingly devoid of the trappings of tourism. Spread across the country, Amankora’s five lodges – Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Bumthang – offer unprecedented access to the world’s last surviving Buddhist kingdom. Combining the Sanskrit word for peace with the Bhutanese for circular journey, Amankora allows guests to create a tailormade tour of their own, visiting all or a selection of the lodges, with a driver provided for the duration of their stay.
Bumthang lodge is further east, in the country’s most historic and sacred region.
Across the five lodges, Amankora’s 72 suites fuse contemporary design with rustic materials to create a sleek yet convivial atmosphere. Open-plan bedrooms and living rooms have kingsize beds, window seats and traditional bukhari wood burners. Ensuite bathrooms, clad in terrazzo, centre on a large freestanding bathtub.
Bumthang 16 Suites 52 m2 560 ft2
• Bumthang lodge resides next to a royal palace in the Choekhor Valley
• The area is home to 29 temples and monasteries, and is a treasure-trove of traditional art
• Suites are similar to those at Paro.
An array of Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes are served across all five Amankora lodges, using local ingredients such as yak meat and fresh honey from the Bumthang Valley. Private dining can be arranged, indoors or outdoors, for intimate dinners or group celebrations
• Shaded by fruit trees, the courtyard provides an alfresco dining venue
• The interior dining area features a cosy fireplace
• Views of the courtyard and the palace
Relaxation and Fitness
Incorporating Himalayan plants and herbs, different spa therapies are available across Amankora’s five lodges, offering a uniquely.
• Zen massage is the signature treatment at Bumthang
• Three intimate treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas