Zhiwa Ling Ascent
Nestled in twenty-five acres of luscious park-like grounds, with panoramic views overlooking Thimphu city and the valley below, the contemporary Zhiwa Ling Ascent makes for a peaceful retreat. Though only a few minutes’ drive from the city, Zhiwa Ling Ascent feels very removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, surrounded by swathes of evergreen cypress trees, known locally as ‘tsenden’, valued in Bhutan for its medicinal essential oil.
Combining elements of a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse with dzong architecture, the design is effortlessly contemporary and minimalist. Modest in size, there are twenty spacious rooms (seventeen Deluxe and three Premier rooms), where large floor-to-ceiling windows allow for light to flood the interiors, highlighting the neutral colour palette. The rooms are simple but comfortable with the sole focus on relaxation. We would recommend the Premier rooms owing to their space and larger windows.
The restaurant, with beautiful valley views, serves seasonal cuisine with fresh organic vegetables from the kitchen garden as well as quality produce sourced from around the world. The well-stocked bar is a popular spot for a quiet drink, offering a cosy space to unwind in. On clear evenings, head up to the open-air attic, where one can take in the expansive views of the valley and mountains, with a cocktail in hand. For those looking to unwind and connect with the natural surroundings, open air yoga is available in the attic, and spa treatments are available for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Surrounded by Bhutan’s natural beauty, Zhiwa Ling Ascent is a great option for those looking for a simple and rejuvenating boutique hideaway on the outskirts of Thimphu. Zhiwa Ling Ascent is also the sister hotel of Zhiwa Ling Heritage in Paro, so it is an ideal option for those looking to combine the two destinations in a two centre itinerary.
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