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Gangtey Lodge
Gangtey

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 splendid 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, underfloor heating and free standing baths, with breathtaking valley and monastery views through vast beautifully designed windows. And the food is fantastic, too! Guests are spoilt for choice between local Bhutanese dishes, other Asian cuisine and Western options, meaning all taste palettes are carefully considered and catered to.

We highly recommend enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea overlooking the sweeping panoramic views from the outdoor terranc and breathing in the fresh alpine air before taking advantage of the hotel’s half to full-day excursions. These include 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 team are extremely professional and welcoming; you will be guaranteed a homely and warm, yet high-end experience.

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We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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- Mr David Wallace, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
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