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Amankora Paro
Paro

Amankora’s five distinct lodges, based in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang, offer a unique and unrivalled circuit through Bhutan’s valleys. Amankora Paro marks a unique entry into a secluded kingdom, whose pristine Himalayan landscapes and remarkably preserved way of life have fascinated travellers the world over.

Sited in Balakha Village, just a 20-minute drive from Bhutan’s international airport and Paro town, Amankora Paro lies beneath the shadows of the imposing ruins of the 17th century Drugyel Dzong (fortress-monastery), nestled within a blue-pine forest of glistening conifers. The 24 suites are designed and built in a traditional Bhutanese style with natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors. Each room has a contemporary yet cosy feel, comprising of a king-size bed, traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and large terrazzo-clad bath.

At approximately 2,250 metres above sea level, the views from the lodge take in Drukgyel Dzong and stretch to the 7,300-metre snow-capped peak of Jhomolhari (or Chomolhari) and beyond. Amankora Paro offers elegant dining which takes places either in the communal dining room or outside in the grounds (weather dependent) surrounded by open fires and beautiful views.

Highlights also include the intimate Aman spa with an extensive treatment menu, the expansive outdoor areas for relaxing in the sun or beneath the stars and the welcoming living area and lounge where activities and classes take place on a daily basis: this may be a screening of a documentary on Bhutan or a session with a local monk. Amankora provides the ultimate in understated luxury.

**** SPECIAL OFFER For guests staying seven nights or more, a tailor-made itinerary based on preferred length of stay will include the following on a complimentary basis: long road permits, private transport with driver and guide, plus one 60-minute massage at the Amankora spa per Amankora Journey, all offers are subject to availability****

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