Gangtey Lodge is a very special wood-and-stone luxury Bhutanese farmhouse. Opened in 2013 by the dynamic husband and wife duo, Brett and Omar Melzer, who also run ‘Balloons over Bagan’ in Burma, Gangtey Lodge is a charming labour of love which effortlessly blends sumptuous cutting-edge design with a local homely Bhutanese feel.
Designed by Mary Lou Thomson, who has worked on some of the world’s most prestigious design projects, including Aman Sveti Stephan in Montenegro, Gangtey Lodge incorporates the best quality of materials, design and service; rich local fabrics, plush sofas, dark wooden beams, earthen fireplaces and an incredible floor-to-ceiling window in the lounge and dining area. Each of the 12 suites have cosy wood-burning stoves and free standing baths, with breathtaking valley and monastery views. And the food is fantastic too!
Half to full-day excursions are available to guests, including cycling and trekking, as well as hot air balloon journeys over Bhutan’s ravishing pine forested landscapes. And when you have returned from a day of adventures, head to the traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath house. This is the newest addition to the hotel, opened in November 2016, and is the ultimate place for relaxing. Have a long aromatic soak followed by a sumptuous massage, and all your worries will be washed away.
Gangtey Lodge is very well-established in the luxury hotel scene in Bhutan, and the new general manager (an erstwhile Ampersand employee) and his team are extremely professional and welcoming; you will be guaranteed a homely and warm, yet high-end experience.