The Kingdom of Bhutan is a place of soaring 7,000-metre Himalayan peaks, glacial river valleys and evergreen forests. Amankora resort comprises five lodges dotted across this ancient land. Surrounded by forests and orchards, the five Lodges comprise 72 Suites fusing rustic elements with contemporary design.
Treks range from short valley walks to testing full-day hikes over mountain trails, punctuated by wildlife and abundant greenery. Tailored itineraries can include visits to Lodges in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. This “kora,” or circular journey of discovery, is a gateway to the world’s last Buddhist kingdom.
Amankora’s five Lodges offer travellers the opportunity to experience Bhutan’s remarkable landscape and rich cultural heritage, all beneath soaring Himalayan peaks. 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.
Combined bedroom and living area with terrazzo-clad bath and forest views. 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.
Wood-panelled interior, with a landscaped courtyard and pine forest views. 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.
Open-plan bedroom and living area with serene valley views. 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 view overlooking across the valley.
Views overlooking a tranquil courtyard and the nearby Wangdicholing Palace. 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.
Set in rammed-earth buildings, with views of rice paddies ascending the valley. 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. The eight Suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces.
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.
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 massages, scrubs and baths soothe the senses.
Tailored explorations of the Buddhist Kingdom can encompass Bhutan’s natural splendour and rich ancient heritage. Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in ancient monasteries, majestic mountains and more of this high-altitude Himalayan kingdom. All Amankora expeditions can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground.