Amankora Paro marked 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, 20 minutes from Paro Airport, Amankora Paro is located in the shadows of the imposing remains of the 17th century Drugyel Dzong, surrounded by atmospheric pine forests. The 24 suites are designed and built in Bhutanese style with natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors. The king-size bed, traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and large terrazzo-clad bath make it contemporary yet cosy.
The views take in Drukgyel Dzong and stretch to the 7,300 metre snow-capped peak of Jhomolhari (or Chomolhari) and beyond. Dining takes places either in the communal dining room or outside in the ground (weather dependent) surrounded by open fires. Highlights also include the Aman spa and 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.