Amankora

Updated: Jan 17


The first resort in Bhutan and with five lodges across its central and western valleys, Amankora has been a part of this legendary Buddhist Kingdom for 17 years. Dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience of this pristine, year-round destination – one of the happiest places in the world – Amankora’s five lodges are each a sanctuary designed to complement its uniquely beautiful setting.

Located in Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang, it offers travellers unprecedented access to the world's last surviving Buddhist kingdom. Amankora allow guests to create a tailormade tour of their own, visiting all or a selection of the lodges, with a driver and guide provided for the duration of their stay.

The architectural design of each lodge is different but retains Bhutan's famous, distinctive Dzong architectural style. The rooms amongst the 5 lodges are configured similarly as much as possible, allowing travellers to retain the sense of returning to the same abode every night to relax and thereby, reduce the sense of unfamiliarity.

 

Accommodation / Lodges


Across the five lodges, Amankora's 76 suites fuse contemporary design with rustic materials to create a sleek yet convivial atmosphere. Open-plan 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.


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Amankora Paro Lodge

Amankora Paro Lodge

At an elevation of 2,250 metres (7,382 feet), Amankora Paro makes a beguiling start or an atmospheric end to an Amankora journey with its close proximity to the airport.

Amankora Paro Lodge
Amankora Paro Lodge

Hidden in thick pine the 24-suites are scattered in six forest cottages with walls clad in wood and black steel panelling, contrast rustic elements with contemporary design.

Amankora Paro Lodge Suites

Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves, and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms featured terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

Recommended for: Its proximity to the airport, majestic views from the Dining Room extending to the snow-covered Jhomolhari and visiting the iconic 7th century monastery, the Tiger's Nest
 

Amankora Thimphu Lodge

Amankora Thimphu Lodge

Amankora Thimphu is set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area that is within reach of the capital’s shops and sights, yet remaining as a secluded retreat from which to explore both all the city has to offer and the wild Himalayan landscape.

There are 16 suites in Thimphu, and each lodge include amenities such king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

The beautiful courtyard and Dining Room provides an unobstructed view of the nearby creek and pine forest.

Amankora Thimphu Lodge
Recommended for: Those seeking to explore both the wilderness and the hustle and bustle of the City.
 

Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Amankora Gangtey Lodge
Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Located in the little-visited Phobjikha Valley near the village of Gangtey that has the least tourist traffic, 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.

Amankora Gangtey Lodge

The Dining Room features large family-style dining tables and floor-to ceiling windows that faces majestic views.

Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Suite interiors are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, the open-concept bedroom and bath area allows you to take in the majestic view of the Gangtey Valley right from the comfort of your lodge.

Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

Amankora Gangtey Lodge

Amankora Gantey is also part of the Black Mountains National Park wildlife reserve, where the valley is home each winter to a flock of 300 endangered black-neck cranes. Take in the beautiful scenery and sight surrounding the lodge – pine forests littered around the valleys, Apple Orchids and farms.

Recommended for: Plethora of treks you can take in the Gangtey Valley, Black-Necked Crane Visitors' Centre & wildlife viewing
 

Amankora Punakha Lodge

Amankora Punakha Lodge

Up north and located in a subtropical valley that produces most of the nation’s vegetables, there is Amankoa’s Punakha, surrounded by rice fields and fruit plantations, and the area where the Bhutanese royals spend their winter.

Amankora Punakha Lodge

Reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River covered in prayer flags, Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan).

Amankora Punakha Lodge
Amankora Punakha Lodge

Amankora Punakha Lodge also features an infinity pool that provides beautiful views over the rice terraces, and a serene outdoor dining terrace that offer views of the valley and rice fields.

Amankora Punakha Lodge
Amankora Punakha Lodge

Eight of the suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces.

Amankora Punakha Lodge

Amankora Punakha features an addition four more Mo Chhu Suites that are situated in a new building, and two feature separate spacious living areas. The suites can be combined to offer 2 two-bedroom units.

Amankora Punakha Lodge
Amankora Punakha Lodge

All accommodations at Amankora Punakha Lodge offer king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet.

Guests visiting Amankora Punakha can also visit the the beautiful 17th-century Punakha Dzong, and the 15th-century ‘fertility temple’ Chime Lhakhang.

Recommended for: Viewing of the 17th-century Punakha Dzong, infinity pool with views over rice terraces
 

Amankora Bumthang Lodge

Amankora Bumthang Lodge
Amankora Bumthang Lodge

Located in the oldest and most sacred part of Bhutan, with rich historical and spiritual legacy, Bumthang, directly translating as ‘beautiful field’, is home to 29 temples and monasteries, including the ancient Jambay Lhakhang, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions.

Amankora Bumthang Lodge
Amankora Bumthang Lodge
Amankora Bumthang Lodge

The 16 Suite rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet.

Amankora Bumthang Lodge

From here, guests can embark on a multitude of cultural and spiritual experiences, including the unforgettable experience of the 108 butter lamp offering at Taktsang Monastery.

Recommended for: Cultural and spiritual experiences such as visits to monasteries, astrology readings and evening prayers with the monks
 

Dining

Amankora Bumthang Paro Punakha Gangtey Thimphu Dining Restaurants

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.

Amankora Bumthang Paro Punakha Gangtey Thimphu Dining Restaurants

Guests can also take part in a cooking lesson and learn about traditional Bhutanese cuisine. Taking in the natural landscape surrounding the Mo Chhu River, one of our experienced chefs will guide you through a selection of traditional dishes, all to be enjoyed after the class

 

Spa and Wellness

Amankora Bumthang Paro Punakha Gangtey Thimphu Spa and Wellness

The serenity of the mountain landscape makes Bhutan the ideal destination to refresh and rejuvenate body and mind, with Himalayan plant- and herb-based therapies and traditional wellbeing rituals available in Amankora’s five cedar-scented spas. Indulge in signature spa treatment, or take a break from your hectic lifestyle with meditation and yoga programmes.

 

Experiences

Designed to offer a multi-destination itinerary, the Amankora's lodges offer travellers the opportunity to experience the Kingdom of Bhutan's remarkable landscape and rich cultural heritage with activities such as temple visits, nature hike, cultural immersion programs, all beneath soaring Himalayan peaks.

 

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