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Prayer flags flutter in the breeze at the start of the hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which clings precariously to the side of a cliff.

BHUTAN - Dochula stupa

Here are just a few of the 108 stupas arranged around this viewpoint of the Dochula Stupa, at over 3000 metres above sea level. On a clear day, marvel at the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance.

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BHUTAN -  Archery

Archery is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan, often played at religious and cultural festivals, and is a hugely popular pursuit for locals and tourists alike. Most afternoons you can see groups of men competing with each other, aiming at impossibly small targets about 120 metres away. Rivals taunt and tease each other mercilessly to make them lose their concentration; when they hit the target they sing and dance. A heart-warming and often hilarious spectacle!

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Lying in prime positions throughout the Himalayan Kingdom, the hot-anticipated Six Senses' Lodges were worth the wait.

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Six Senses Thimphu offers a vast outdoor terrace, complete with spacious ponds that reflect the snow-capped alpine peaks and white clouds in their mirror-still glossy surface.

BHUTAN - Tigers nest guides

Our Bhutanese guides are great company and full of local knowledge. Here, your guides will escort you on the hike to the mystical Tiger’s Nest monastery. 

BHUTAN - Punakha Dzong

The detail and intricacy of Bhutan's traditional architecture is mind-blowing. Take time to explore the temples and courtyards of this ochre-hued palace.

BHUTAN - Festival  scene

Watch a religious dance take place, called a cham, in the courtyard of a Buddhist monastery during the annual Paro Teschu festival. Monks perform festival dances and act out dramas as a form of meditation to personify their deity. Masked and dressed in elaborate silk brocade costumes, dancers demonstrate the triumph of good over evil and the power of compassion.

BHUTAN - Amankora Paro traditional Bhutanese dancing

Experience some of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with a cham, a traditional masked dance, at Amankora Paro.

BHUTAN - King's Birthday Celebrations Punakha

The King’s Birthday is a national holiday in Bhutan and it is customary to dress in traditional clothing. The Bhutanese partake in parades and festivities including eating emadatse and drinking home-distilled spirits.

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All Bhutanese are required to wear national dress everyday but at festivals, locals can be more creative with carved masks and unusual costumes that depict scenes from their rich cultural history.

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Take a traditional Bhutanese breakfast including butter tea overlooking the forested Paro Valley at Como's Uma Paro.

BHUTAN - Uma Paro Buildings

You know you are in good hands when your hotel is part of the superb Como chain. Uma Paro is no exception with contemporary design contrasting with the natural environment of the Paro Valley. 

BHUTAN -Uma Paro Bedrooms

Bedrooms at Uma Paro are sparkling clean and stylish, in keeping with re-knowned Como ethic.  Expect spacious terraces, Bhutanese fabrics and a butler on-call 24 hours a day.

BHUTAN - Tiger painting

Admire this fresco of a fierce tiger at the Paro Dzong – a huge fortress and monastery in Rinpung.

BHUTAN - Thimphu Taj Tashi

Take in the view of the misty mountains that rise above the Thimpu valley at the luxurious Taj Tashi hotel.

BHUTAN - Mural

Be captivated by Bhutan's famous hand-drawn Buddhist murals which adorn the walls of temples and local homes. 

BHUTAN - Gangtey Living Room View

Take in these epic views of the Phobjika Valley from Amankora Gangtey, Aman’s small-but-perfectly-formed luxury hotel.

BHUTAN - Forest treks

Follow this track through the pine forests of the Paro Valley and breathe in the fresh Bhutan air on a trek accompanied by your guides.

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BHUTAN - Excellent guides

Let your guide shed light on the ornate murals that cover the inner walls of the Punakha Dzong.

BHUTAN - Colourful truck in winter

This typically colourful truck makes the passage through Bhutan's high roads on a crisp winter's day.

BHUTAN - Bumthang Courtyard Bonfire Day

Relish in the space and tranquillity of the Amankora Bumthang's bonfire courtyard, surrounded by pine-clad mountains.

BHUTAN - Bumthang fertility wall

Open your mind to some of Bhutan’s more unusual murals. Phallic symbols, mostly seen painted on walls of homes, represent fertility.

BHUTAN - Breakfast in the Amankora Punakha Courtyard

Enjoy a traditional Bhutanese breakfast in the courtyard of Amankora Punakha and make the most of the pristine views backed by snow-capped peaks.

BHUTAN - Amankora Punakha views

The view from Amankora Punakha is seriously restful. Enjoy vistas of wooden valleys, the Mo Chuu River and lush paddy fields.

BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Snow

Winter at Amankora Gangtey often provides a beautiful blanket of snow over the ridges and knolls of the surrounding valleys.

BHUTAN - Amankora Gangtey Dining Room

Enjoy traditional stews and authentic cuisine in the wood-panelled dining room of the Amankora Gangtey, which overlooks the stunning valley landscape.

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There’s no better way to experience the quiet paradise of Bhutan's pristine natural landscapes than camping out overnight.

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For the ultimate nature experience, stay at the Tented Outposts in the Wild and enjoy their rustic, yet very comfortable, spacious walk-in tipi's.

BHUTAN - Butter lamps

You’ll find rows of butter lamps a common sight in religious places and monasteries in Bhutan. Monks light a butter lamp every day to help focus the mind.

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The wonderful Six Senses Thimphu Lodge give its guests glimpses into daily Bhutanese life.


Luxury Hotels in Bhutan

Accommodation in Bhutan tends to be either high-end or homely; both provide a great insight into this intriguing country. Aman Resorts have five lodges scattered throughout the country, each offering traditional touches like earth walls and wood burning stoves in a luxurious and serene setting. COMO now have two properties which are equally luxurious and perfect for active couples or families who like yoga, hiking, biking and hot stone spas. Alternatively you can stay in one of Bhutan’s simple traditional lodges built in ornate wooden style. Browse our portfolio of hand-picked Bhutan hotels, lodges and resorts, listed alphabetically by location:

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  • Thimphu
  • Western Bhutan
  • Central Bhutan
  • Eastern Bhutan

Amankora Bumthang ,

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s...

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Amankora Gangtey ,

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s...

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Amankora Paro ,

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s valleys....

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Amankora Punakha ,

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  Amankora Punakha is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia. Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro,...

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Amankora Thimphu ,

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Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s...

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Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary ,

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Opened in August 2018, and named by Vanity Fair as “the most charming 5-star property in Bhutan”, the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary,...

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Dewachen Hotel ,

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Located just outside the village of Gangtey and at the edge of Black Mountain National Park, Dewachen Hotel is a...

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Dhensa Boutique Resort ,

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Thick blankets of pine forests dotted with village houses, the Punakha River carving its way through the vale and hundreds...

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Gangtey Lodge ,

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Gangtey Lodge is a very special wood-and-stone luxury Bhutanese farmhouse. Opened in 2013 by the dynamic husband and wife duo, Brett...

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Lingkhar Lodge ,

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Nestled in the quiet, rural countryside of the small but bustling town of Trashigang in eastern Bhutan, Lingkhar Lodge is...

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Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa ,

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Located in the quiet village of Ngoba, above the Paro Valley and 8 kilometres from Paro Town, Naksel Boutique Hotel...

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Phuentsholing Lodge ,

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Formerly a large traditional Bhutanese-style house this small hotel has ten basic ensuite rooms. The hotel is run by a...

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Six Senses Bumthang ,

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Six Senses Bumthang’s remote location within an evergreen pine grove has won it its nickname ‘Forest within a Forest’, and...

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Six Senses Gangtey ,

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Hugging a hillside in the Black Mountains, the Six Senses lodge sits in a scenic position in Gangtey. The luxury...

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Six Senses Paro ,

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Perched up high at an elevation of 2,675 metres, the hotly anticipated Six Senses lodge sits in a prime position...

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Six Senses Punakha ,

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Located in one of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan, the Six Senses Punakha is home to the celebrated overhanging lodge....

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Six Senses Thimphu ,

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Strategically perched on the hillside at 2,650 metres, Six Senses offers commanding views over Thimphu’s sprawling valley and the renowned...

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Swiss Guest House ,

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Swiss Guest House is a charming and comfortable traditional farmhouse, in an idyllic setting just a few minutes by car...

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Taj Tashi ,

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Boasting sweeping views of Thimphu valley, Taj Tashi is a luxurious property in the heart of Bhutan’s charming capital city...

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Tashi Gasel Lodge ,
Samdrup Jongkhar

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Tashi Gasel is perched on a hilltop, just a short distance from the town centre of Samdrup Jongkhar in the...

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Tented Outposts: Punakha, Bumthang and Gangtey ,

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There’s no better way to experience the quiet paradise of Bhutan’s pristine natural surrounds than to camp out in the...

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Uma Paro ,

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  Uma Paro is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Hotel Spas. Uma Paro is part of the COMO hotel group; founded by Christina...

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Uma Punakha ,

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  Uma Punakha is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Romantic Retreats  Opened in September 2012, Uma Punakha is COMO's second hotel...

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Wangchuk Hotel ,

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A simple, rural lodge. Please note that Ampersand have not visited this property.

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Zhiwa Ling Ascent ,

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Nestled in twenty-five acres of luscious park-like grounds, with panoramic views overlooking Thimphu city and the valley below, the contemporary...

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Zhiwa Ling Heritage ,

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One of the few truly Bhutanese-owned luxury hotels in Bhutan, Zhiwa Ling Heritage is a unique and traditional hotel which...

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Soednam Zingkha Heritage Lodge ,
Haa Valley

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Tucked away in the quiet and secluded village of Hatey, in the northern part of the Haa Valley, Soednam Zingkha...

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