When selecting the location for their first venture into Asia, the &Beyond happened upon somewhere truly special, nestled in the heart of the verdant Punakha Valley. The setting of their inaugural Bhutanese lodge, on the banks of the flowing Mo Chhu river, instils a sense of serenity from the moment you arrive. Arresting views of the Himalayas greet guests at every turn, and the lodge’s expansive grounds, outdoor terraces and sparkling swimming pool provide plentiful opportunities to absorb the tranquillity and natural beauty of this remarkable corner of Bhutan.
This privileged location also affords access to some of the most inspiring destinations and activities within the Punakha Valley. Hiking and mountain biking through winding forest trails, bird watching and river rafting are just some of the options for those seeking an immersion into the enchanting natural landscapes. Those in search of authentic cultural experiences are equally well catered for. In addition to the headline attraction of the magnificent Punakha Dzong, the lodge’s proximity to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten has inspired the development of a signature morning hike to the hilltop temple, followed by a scenic picnic against a backdrop of sweeping valley views.
Back at the lodge eight stunning suites comprise the intimate accommodation selection on offer, all of which draw full inspiration from traditional Bhutanese construction methods and the pristine natural surroundings. Six characterful and inviting tented suites are scattered around the grounds and are beautifully furnished with Bhutanese timbers, handwoven wools and linens. Indoor and outdoor showers, free-standing bathtubs and private verandahs all come as standard. For those seeking something extra special, a split-level River Suite offers a private hot tub on the terrace and a secluded riverside location. Those travelling with children can take advantage of the two-bedroom Family Suite which features spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces and a private swimming pool.
As another day of adventures draws to a close, you may wish to retreat to the blissful spa where a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath complements the array of soothing treatments on offer. Round off the evening with nightcaps around the firepit under the endless Himalayan night skies.
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Practice yoga against a soundtrack of birdsong and the rushing Mo Chhu river
Observe a colourful array of birdlife in the grounds
Try your hand at the popular local pursuit of archery
Take in the spectacular mountain views from the rim flow swimming pool
Recreate the region’s distinctive flavours on a cookery class
Recover from your outdoor adventures with a soothing massage and hot stone bath in the spa
Dine on delicious regional cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the bountiful Punakha Valley
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Cross the Punakha suspension bridge and hike to the hillside Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten for a scenic picnic
Set out by mountain bike to discover the lush scenery of the Punakha Valley
Discover the wonders of the royal Punakha Dzong, one of the country’s largest and most significant monasteries
Trek though the pristine forests leading to the stunning Hokatsho Lake
Visit a nearby monastery to make a butter lamp offering and receive a monk’s blessing
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