A winding road from Thimpu takes you through dense pine forests, along meandering streams, billowing and vibrant prayer flags and past the rising Dochu La Pass into the heart of Punakha Valley. One of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan, Punakha boasts a warmer temperature and there is an abundance of farmland which grows fresh, local produce year-round.
There are 3 beautiful private villas, all of which come with a private plunge pool and butler. Each of the rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, wrapping the rooms in warmth and light, while an ocean deep bathtub dominates the bathroom with sweeping views over the valley. One of the most striking features is the lobby area, which sits suspended above a stunning pool.
The Punakha Dzong is a must-visit, and is the second oldest in the country, as well one of the most important. Located in the misty green valley where Buddhism is deeply rooted, it was once a centre of the Government and where all the Kings of Bhutan were ceremoniously crowned. Pillars coated in gold soar above, and splashes of red, orange, yellow and blues envelope the walls and ceilings in colour. In the spring the lilac jacaranda trees frame the monastery and bring a lush sensuality to the dzong's characteristically towering whitewashed walls.