Reached by a suspension bridge strung with fluttering prayer flags, Amankora Punakha makes a powerful first impression. The valley where it sits is blessed with a subtropical microclimate, making it the chosen place for Bhutanese royalty to spend their winters. This breathtaking escape is rooted in Bhutanese history; the main lodge building contains elements of a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse originally constructed by the country’s chief abbot (Je Khenpo).
It is easy to see why Bhutanese high society have been drawn to this place for so long. Amankora Punakha’s perched position on the valley side provides stunning views over terraced rice fields and lush orange groves, with the lodge’s accommodation making the most of these memorable panoramas. The main lodge is home to eight spacious suites, lined with warm wood panels and locally woven fabrics. For a little more room, choose one of the four Mo Chhu Suites, which come with large living areas and can be combined to created expansive two-bedroom units. Whichever villa you opt for, you’ll enjoy features such as traditional wood-burning stoves, terrazzo bathtubs and panoramic windows with banquette seating where you can sit and soak in the surrounding landscape.
Resplendent views are also on offer at Punakha’s shimmering infinity pool and outdoor terrace, both perched in scenic spots above the rice fields. Dining at Amankora Punakha is always a highlight. Guests can choose from a menu incorporating the finest in Bhutanese, Indian and European-inspired dishes, served either in the cosy dining room or outside on the lantern-lit courtyard.
- Couples and families with older children
- Spa and wellness enthusiasts
- Lovers of culture and history
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
- Begin the day with some gentle yoga and a cup of the ngaja sweet milk tea
- Work up an appetite for lunch by hiking or cycling in the surrounding forests
- Relax by the serene infinity pool and enjoy the views over the rice terraces
- Sample a rejuvenating rose quartz facial in the spa
- Enjoy an atmospheric meal out on the terrace, taking in the valley views
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
- Visit the morning market in Punakha with Amankora’s chef, returning to the kitchen for an interactive cookery class
- Take in the splendour of the Punakha Dzong, a picturesque temple perched on the banks of the river
- Venture up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and admire the panoramic mountain views
- Go white water rafting through dramatic gorges and lush valleys