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Six Senses Paro
Paro

Perched up high at an elevation of 2,675 metres, the hotly anticipated Six Senses lodge sits in a prime position within Paro. As well as blending subtly into 12th-century ‘dzong’ ruins (from which it gets its name ‘Six Senses Stone Ruins’), this thoughtfully-designed property offers phenomenal sweeping views across the forested valley to dramatic mountains beyond, which sit perfectly at eye-level.

We don’t think there are many places in the world where you are greeted by such striking natural views upon arrival, let alone have the chance to enjoy them from the comfort of your own bed or spoiling bath! Framed by vast floor-to-ceiling windows, these dramatic panoramas create a real sense of place and exemplify exactly why the Bhutanese are so committed to protecting their pristine rural landscape.

This contemporary lodge stays true to the Six Senses’ philosophy of responsible luxury with its minimalist architecture and chic interior design, which both harmonise with the untouched surroundings outside. Natural timber furniture and a neutral colour palette create a soothing effect throughout the sleek resort, while subtle dashes of colour found within pastel yellow cushions and faded antique Himalayan rugs stop it from feeling soulless. Local ‘bukharis’ (traditional wood-burning stoves) and other Bhutanese elements can be found scattered around the suites and open-plan communal areas, which add to its elegant style.

The property is home to 16 spacious suites that measure up to 60 square metres, as well as 4 inviting villas, which we recommend for couples seeking more privacy or friends and families in need of more space. All of these make for welcoming retreats to return to after a busy day outdoors, as do the indulgent facilities of this hotel. Choose between relaxing with a good book in the well-stocked library or treating yourself to a massage in the tranquil spa and wellness centre, overlooking the ancient ruins. Alternatively, if you would prefer something more invigorating, there is a well-equipped gym, indoor pool and even an outdoor sauna and cool dip on offer here.

To add to its merits, this stylish hideaway’s location in the midst of Paro is a great base from which to explore cultural sites nearby. Join the daily excursions to light butter lamps at the 15th-century Samtenling Monastery and hike to Jele Dzong in the crisp mountain air, passing colourful prayer flags and flora and fauna as you go. Of course, a stay here would not be complete without a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and the friendly staff here will escort you on this rewarding trek at sunrise to guarantee a memorable experience.

Just an hour’s drive from Thimphu, Paro sits in a convenient position and tends to be a popular first stop for travellers visiting Bhutan as it's home to the country’s only international airport. We suggest continuing your adventure along the Six Senses circuit, or mixing it up and staying at a range of our favourite hotels out here.

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