Perched high above the mystical Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Lodge, a luxurious Bhutanese Farmhouse is the ideal springboard to Himalayan adventures. All 12 suites each have a cosy fireplace, elegant furnishings in a palette of earthen tones, under-floor heating, free-standing baths and wood burners. In the main part of the lodge, which is rustic and homely, one will find an incredible terrace with magnificent views over the valley, artwork and carvings that have been created by local artists and paintings that reflect the beauty of the valley below.
The lodge doesn’t have a dedicated restaurant, so the living room doubles up as a place to gather for drinks and dinner. Adrian Broadhead, the Executive chef, whose impressive résumé includes time working on a cruise with Michelin-starred chef David Thompson, manages to create and incorporate freshly grown produce and some interesting speciality local ingredients. There is no bar to speak off, yet the magnificent terrace which wraps itself gently around the outside of the buildings act 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 one of the outdoor fire pits.
Activities from the lodge range from morning evenings 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, a signature hot stone bath and treatments in a simple building of stone and timber or if one wishes, in the privacy of ones’ own room. There are also traditional Bhutanese games like archery and darts available.
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.