Perched high above the mystical Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Lodge, a luxurious Bhutanese Farmhouse, is the ideal springboard to Himalayan adventures. All 12 suites each offer a cosy fireplace, elegant furnishings in a palette of earthen tones, under-floor heating and free-standing baths. In the main part of the lodge, the terrace boasts magnificent views over the valley, and artwork and carvings from local artists reflect the beauty of the valley below.
Though the lodge does not have a formal restaurant, the welcoming living room doubles up as a place to gather for drinks and dinner. The chef's previous extensive experience under the instruction of a Michelin starred chef is evident in the cuisine at the lodge, with a creative spin placed on ingredients sourced from the surrounding valleys. There is no bar to speak of, yet the magnificent terrace which wraps itself gently around the outside of the buildings acst as the go-to place where, in summer months, one can watch the sun slip behind the clouds and, in the cooler months, be wrapped up in thick blankets and stay warm from the flames of the outdoor fire pits.
Activities from the lodge range from morning and evening prayers and blessings at the 17th century Gangtey Monastery, adventures deep into the valley on foot or on bicycles, a visit to the Black Neck Crane centre or a signature hot stone bath. There are also traditional Bhutanese games like archery and darts available.
Couples and families with older children
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Sample a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, renowned for its healing properties
Marvel at the ever-changing views of the valley from the magnificent terrace
Learn to a cook a typical Bhutanese meal and the dine in the atmospheric woodshed
Enjoy a relaxing massage in the comfort of your suite
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Go hiking or mountain biking in spectacular surrounds, pausing along the way for a gourmet picnic
Join a prayer flag raising ceremony for happiness, prosperity and good luck
Visit a local farmhouse to learn about traditional ways of life in the region's rural communities
Venture down to the Black Neck Crane Centre for evening drinks
Participate in a butter lamp lighting ceremony at the Gangtey Goenpa
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