- Devoid of crowds and the trappings of tourism, Bhutan is unlike anywhere on Earth – and Amankora offers unprecedented access to its breathtaking beauty. An isolated Himalayan Kingdom comprising five Lodges and a wealth of high-altitude experiences, from mountain treks to holistic healing.
- With five lodges spread across the country, it leads guests to a deeper insight into urban, rural and spiritual Bhutan, while immersive wellness and dining experiences create a tangible connection to the pine-sprinkled Himalayan setting.
- Be immersed in awe-inspiring scenery and the Buddhist way of life on an inspirational trip through Bhutan. Discover the spectacular Himalayan settings of Paro and Thimphu valleys with a private driver and guide, combining cultural sights, spiritual experiences and breathtaking scenery on a 3 to 12 night journey that can be tailored entirely to your preferences, in advance or on the ground.
- Amankoka has introduced new helicopter transfers between lodges, a series of Michelin-starred chef residencies at Thimphu Lodge, a unique helicopter breakfast experience at Twin Lakes, forest and prayer flag bathing experiences, immersive wellness retreats with visiting specialists, four new suites and a swimming pool at Punakha Lodge, poppy treks and a matsutake experience.
- The lodges feature open-plan accommodations with free-standing bathtubs and bukhari wood burners. Try a herb-infused hot stone bath at Paro, or meditation in Punakha.
- Experience the Tiger’s Nest, a 4-hour hike from Paro Lodge.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Bhutan treks range from short valley walks to testing full-day hikes over mountain trails, punctuated by wildlife and abundant greenery.
Leaving from Amankora Thimphu, the half-day hike to this monastic village takes in the mysterious 12th-century temple and can include lunch with the monks.
Setting off from Amankora Punakha, this hike among rice paddies and lush forests offers dramatic views of the surrounding temples and landscape.
This trail, behind Amankora Gangtey, rises through Tokha village and upward amid bamboo shoots and an old forest to Khelikha.
The imposing structure, built in 1857 as the Kingdom’s first palace, has monks in residence and can be visited throughout the year.
Amankora’ s Lodges are simple, elegant sanctuaries spread across five pristine valleys across the country. Each lodge is as tranquil and out of time as the kingdom they are part of. This circuit of Himalayan sanctuaries is one of the world’s last surviving Buddhist Kingdoms. Beautiful valleys score the Kingdom’s mountainous terrain, and Amankoka’s five intimate lodges (Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Thimphu) facilitate a kora, or ‘circular journey’ of discovery throughout central and western Bhutan. Amankora guests can choose a journey entailing all or a combination of these lodges, ensuring a seamless unveiling of this remarkable Kingdom on top of the world. Combining the Sanskrit word for peace with the Bhutanese for circular journey, Amankora allows guests to create a tailormade tour of their own, visiting all or a selection of the lodges, with a driver provided for the duration of their stay. Surrounded by forests and orchards, the five Lodges comprise 76 suites fusing rustic elements with contemporary design.
Combining pared back luxury with exceptional cuisine, cosseting spa treatments, one off cultural encounters, unique sightseeing and breathtaking adventures in nature, Amankora continues to open up ways in which to discover and experience this unique destination. Amankoka has introduced new helicopter transfers between lodges, a series of Michelin-starred chef residencies at Thimphu Lodge, a unique helicopter breakfast experience at Twin Lakes, forest and prayer flag bathing experiences, immersive wellness retreats with visiting specialists, four new suites and a swimming pool at Punakha Lodge, poppy treks and a matsutake experience.
Across the five lodges, Amankora’s 72 suites fuse contemporary design with rustic materials to create a sleek yet convivial atmosphere. Openplan bedrooms and living rooms have kingsize beds, window seats and traditional bukhari wood burners. Ensuite bathrooms, clad in terrazzo,centre on a large freestanding bathtub.
Hidden in thick pine forest, Paro suites feature walls clad in wood and black steel panelling. At an elevation of 2,250 metres, Paro Valley is the entry point for most journeys through the Kingdom. Surrounded by pine forests, the 24-Suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design. Guest Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, reading chair and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.
Located in the capital’s Motithang area, and built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress. Open-plan wood-panelled suites. Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, the 16-Suite Lodge of Amankora Thimphu is close to the capital’s sights and shopping yet remains a secluded retreat. Guest Suites, combining a bedroom and lounge, feature a bukhari wood-burning stove and views across a landscaped courtyard or of a stream and pine forest.
Reached by a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River. Incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former chief abbot. Suites are identical to those at Paro, with views of an orange orchard and rice terraces. Reached via a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River, the Amankora Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan). Eight of the suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces. The four Mo Chhu Suites are situated in a new building, and two feature separate 40m2 living areas. The suites can be combined to offer two 2-bedroom units.
Set on a forested knoll within a wildlife reserve,with views of a 16th-century monastery. Suites are identical to those at Thimphu. In the little-visited Phobjikha Valley near the village of Gangtey, the eight-Suite Amankora Gangtey is set on a forested knoll with scenic views of the valley floor and the 16th-century Gangtey Goemba monastery. Part of an important wildlife reserve, the valley is home each winter to a flock of 300 endangered black-neck cranes. Suite interiors are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, each enjoying a view across the valley.
Bumthang lodge resides next to a royal palace in the Choekhor Valley. The area is home to 29 temples and monasteries,and is a treasure-trove of traditional art. Suites are similar to those at Paro. Bumthang is home to 29 temples and monasteries, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions. The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley.
An array of Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes are served across all five Amankora lodges, using local ingredients such as yak meat and fresh honey from the Bumthang Valley. Private dining can be arranged, indoors or outdoors, for intimate dinners or group celebrations. An array of Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes are served across all five Amankora Lodges, using local ingredients such as yak meat and fresh honey from the Bumthang Valley. Private dining can be arranged both inside and outside the Lodges, whether for an intimate dinner or group celebration.
Bumthang Dining Room
Shaded by fruit trees, the courtyard provides an alfresco dining venue. The interior dining area features a cosy fireplace. Views of the courtyard and the palace.
Gangtey Dining Room
Large family-style dining tables and floor-to-ceiling windows. Sweeping views of the valley and a 16th-century monastery.
Thimphu Lodge Dining Room
Soaring ceilings and wood panelled walls complement an outdoor dining deck. Views of the nearby stream and surrounding forest.
Each of Amankora’s lodges offer a peaceful spa, but it is their tranquil natural settings that provide the real frame for regular immersive retreats. Hosted by renowned wellness experts from around the world, these retreats are designed to balance body and mind through different practices, whether yoga, meditation, discussion, silence or therapeutic work. Focusing on Himalayan plant- and herb-based therapies, treatments at Amankora’s five Spas, spread across the five Lodges, offer a wholly Bhutanese experience. Interiors are scented with cedar wood – used as a Buddhist incense as well as a traditional remedy – while Bhutan massages, scrubs and baths soothe the senses.
A hot stone bath can be taken in a candlelit stone hut near Amankora Gangtey, where bamboo sliding doors reveal mesmerising views of the valley, and some of Amankora’s Lodges.
A library in each lodge features a range of books on Buddhism, local folklore, textiles and the Himalayas. Venue for private dining and in-house activities. Laptop available for guest use.
Relaxation And Fitness
Incorporating Himalayan plants and herbs,different spa therapies are available across Amankora’s five lodges, offering a uniquely Bhutanese healing experience.