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Six Senses Punakha

Located in one of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan, the Six Senses Punakha is home to the celebrated overhanging lodge. The state-of-the-art hideaway has been designed to look as though it is flying over its crescent-shaped pool, which mimics the terraced rice fields below, in order to emphasise the beauty of this unspoilt landscape.

Inside, effort has also been made to ensure that the property blends into its natural surroundings. Not only does the understated interior design give pride of place to the floor-to-ceiling windows, which look out onto uninterrupted scenic views; but rural touches feature throughout the hotel’s spacious rooms to create the feel of a luxurious farmhouse.

This style continues into the 16 suites with their wood-panelled walls and woven carpets, as well as the 3 villas, which give off the air of chic mountain chalets and come with private pools. Delicious Bhutanese cuisine is served al fresco in the gardens or at ‘Ari’, the signature all-day dining restaurant that lies at the heart of the property.

Other well-appointed facilities and amenities sit scatted around this resort; from a spa and wellness centre with three treatment rooms, two meditation areas and yoga facilities for relaxation, to a modern gym and an outdoor infinity pool for guests after something more dynamic.

A stay here guarantees that you will learn about Bhutan’s rich history and culture, as Six Senses offers insightful excursions to local sites on a daily basis. We highly recommend joining the knowledgeable guides on a tour of the well-preserved, 17th century Punakha Dzong, passing local villages and monasteries on your way and crossing an impressive suspension bridge on your return to the lodge. All of the rewarding hikes provided here ensure you see the great outdoors from the best angles, as do the riverside bike rides and meditation walks through rice fields.

Punakha enjoys a warmer climate than most other locations in Bhutan as a result of its lower altitude, making it both a great addition to a tour of the Himalayan kingdom and a popular spot with locals during the winter months. Following Six Senses recommended journey, we suggest staying at this lodge between visits to Thimphu and Paro.

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