If you want to experience one of Bhutan’s most breathtaking natural spectacles, there can be few better vantage points than Six Senses Gangtey. Perched on the slopes of Phobjika Valley, the lodge overlooks the habitat of the critically endangered Black-necked crane, which migrate here each year between November and March. This iconic bird is viewed as sacred by the Bhutanese, with their arrival bringing blessings for the coming harvest.
Guests will have a ringside seat to this once-in-a-lifetime natural show in Gangtey’s Birdwatching Bridge, the lodge’s beating heart. Offering 180-degree views of the valley and sky, and warmed by a roaring wood-burning stove, it’s the perfect place to see the Black-necked cranes in action, as well as a welcoming venue for dining and relaxation. Outside of the Black-necked crane observation season, Six Senses Gangtey is a blissfully comfortable launching point for unforgettable explorations of the Phobjika Valley’s unique landscape and culture. Enjoy guided bike rides to local villages where you can sample traditional Bhutanese buckwheat pancakes, explore the Black-necked crane conservation centre to learn more about these amazing birds and take part in Riwa Sangcho, a magical fire purification ceremony which revitalises the body and cleanses the spirit.
When it’s time to relax, unwind in one of the lodge’s eight spacious suites. Fitted out in lightly coloured local hemlock wood, with hand-woven rugs and warming wood burning stoves, they offer a contemporary contrast to the timeless landscapes framed in the panoramic windows. You can enjoy the views from your inviting bed, freestanding bathtub or private balcony, making the breathtaking Bhutanese vistas a constant companion throughout your stay. Those seeking even more space can opt for the lodge’s two-bedroom villa with a private spa treatment room and expansive living and dining area.
Couples and romantics
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Wake to views of the mists rising over the Phobjika Valley
Take a front-row seat in the hotel’s cosy bird watching bridge
Spend some time in the superb Six Senses spa and sample the Swedana herbal steam therapy
Venture out one of the wealth of surrounding hiking trails to take in more valley views
Dine on mouth-watering cuisine at the Baa Zam restaurant, which showcases an array of ingredients sourced from the surrounding valley
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Join the monks for meditation at Gangtey Goemba
Take a scenic bike ride to Nimphay village and refuel with lunch of typical buckwheat pancakes and momos
Explore the Black-necked crane conservation centre to learn more about Bhutan’s most revered bird
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