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5 Best Luxury Hotels in Bhutan

Posted on 11/May/2021

Kingdom of Bhutan offers a selection of high-end lodges that will make you feel like a royal. Bhutan’s luxury hotels are a beautiful combination of traditional-meets-modern architecture. Most of the hotels are inspired by the unique Bhutanese traditional design and elements. Just imagine awe-inspiring interior decors coupled with spectacular sceneries outside.

Below are some of the top acclaimed hotels in Bhutan. Most of the properties include spas and massages, fine dining, hot stone bath, and amenities such as gym, yoga room or even a meditation room.

1) COMO Uma

One of the best luxury hotels in Bhutan is COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha. COMO properties are one of the popular choices for luxury travellers who are looking for a deluxe stay in Bhutan. The rooms are spacious and modernly designed. There is also a gymnasium, a spa center, a restaurant offering culinary delights and a pool for you to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

With modernly designed and spacious rooms, a gymnasium, a spa center, and a restaurant offering culinary delights, the hotel allows you to enjoy your stay with sheer zest and a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool will surely upgrade your stay.

We highly recommend you to stay in the Valley View Rooms at a higher floor for stunning views of the valley. Do note that only the Deluxe Room and above are equipped with air conditioning. You would appreciate this in summer when it is warmer.

One of the Uma Paro hotel's most exciting events occurred in 2008 when Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Carina Lau held their wedding party on-site. Many of the staff who were working at the time are still employed with the hotel; if you're lucky, you just might be able to hear one of their stories, or even see where the celebrity newlyweds stayed!

COMO Uma Punakha has recently been featured on Hotel Designs under 19 of the most incredible hotels around the world. COMO Uma Punakha in Bhutan earned its title as the #1 Best Resort in Asia. It’s sister property, COMO Uma Paro was also recognized in Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2020.

With a rating of "Excellent" from over 600 TripAdvisor reviews for Como Uma Paro and over 300 reviews for Como Uma Punakha, it's no wonder both the property of Uma is in such high demand. As an incredibly popular destination for travelers to the region, please keep in mind that room reservations may require significant notice. If you would like to book a room or villa for yourself or a group, it is highly recommended to do so at least three months in advance.

COMO Uma Paro Villa

COMO Uma Punakha Valley View Room

2) Amankora

Aman, meaning ‘peace’ in Sanskrit, and kora, meaning ‘circular pilgrimage’ in Dzongkha, Amankora perfectly describes the experience that awaits travellers in the Land of Thunder Dragon.

The first resort in Bhutan and with five lodges across its central and western valleys, Amankora has been a part of this legendary Buddhist Kingdom for 17 years. Dedicated to providing an unparalleled experience of this pristine, year-round destination – one of the happiest places in the world – Amankora’s five lodges are each a sanctuary designed to complement its uniquely beautiful setting.

Among fans of the hotel brand, commonly referred to as #amanjunkies, the Amankora hotels are probably the ultimate holy grail.

Amankora lodges are located in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang.

If you would like to experience the traditional dances and indulge in traditional cultural shows, you can book the Thimphu or Punakha lodges.

Out of the five lodges, Amankora Paro is the oldest and largest lodge. It is beautifully set into the forest and delivers some breathtaking views. Traditional in design with carved wooden roofs, white wash walls and wood clad interiors.

Amankora Paro is situated 2,250 meters above sea level and on clear mornings will reveal an uninterrupted view onto Mount Jomolhari.

Situated in Balakha Village, 30 minutes from Paro International Airport, the 24-suite Amankora Paro contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design. Its architecture features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs, and wood-paneled interiors. A lime-washed stone pavilions houses the living and dining room facilities, library, and outdoor terrace, all warmed by traditional bukhari stoves. It centered around a large flagstone courtyard.

Amankora Paro Lodge Outdoor Terrace Campfire

Amankora Punakha Lodge Suite

3) Six Senses

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 11 resorts and 28 spas in 19 countries. With an uncompromising commitment to the local community, sustainability, wellness, and design, they traditionally operate in untouched, pristine locations renowned for their unique and diverse culture.

Experience Bhutan’s enchanting heritage and hospitality amid 5-star tranquility with Six Senses Resorts. Scattered throughout 5 valleys in Bhutan – Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey, and Bumthang, each resort is purposefully crafted according to specific influencing elements of their respective valley. Prepare to be captivated by the blend of local architecture with modern sensibilities.

Move seamlessly from modern interiors in Thimphu, traditional farmhouse vibes in Punakha, weathered timber and warm palates in Gangtey, the forest feels in Bumthang, and old stone ruins in Paro amidst varying landscapes for the ultimate sensory experience in the Kingdom of Happiness.

Six Senses Punakha, also known as Flying Farmhouse Amidst the Rice Fields is the most popular of the five lodges. This spectacular lodge takes on a more rustic rural feel complementing the warmer climate of its surroundings and offers sweeping views of the valley filled with rice paddy fields and dotted with traditional farmhouses.

The highlight of the lodge is the crescent-shaped outdoor infinity pool overlooking the beautiful fields. Nothing beats pampering yourself while embracing the pristine nature in Bhutan.

Six Senses Paro Main Facilities Area

4) Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is located in Neyphu Valley, Shaba, Paro. Tucked away against a backdrop of rugged cliff and pine trees, Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is an ideal location for those who want to escape from all the hustle and bustle.

The rooms are in minimalist style with stunning views of Neyphu Valley. The impressive restaurant comes with a floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping stone terrace.

The architecture of this Himalayan retreat is inspired by Bhutan’s traditional dzong design giving it a calm and meditative atmosphere. The sanctuary believes that well-being is of utmost important. Thus, all-inclusive spa treatments are part and parcel of a stay here. You will get a complementary of at least one traditional signature treatment a day and wellness activities such as pottery-making session and consultation with a traditional medicine doctor.

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is clearly an ideal destination for those who are looking for a spiritual and emotional journey in Bhutan. It provides a conducive space for travellers to focus on their heart, mind and spirit while having the most luxurious escapade to Bhutan.

Balcony sitting area in the room

5) Le Meridien

Le Meridien Thimphu

Located in the heart of the capital city, Thimphu is the first Starwood hotel and the largest in Bhutan.

The 78 well-furnished spacious guest rooms & suites are culturally inspired, yet decidedly chic and contemporary. Overlooking the city, it's a strategically located accommodation with good ambiance and good service.

Le Meridien Thimphu is conveniently located just steps away from town. From the property, you can easily visit popular attractions in Thimphu such as the National Memorial Chorten, Bhutan Postal Museum, Clock Tower Square, etc.

Le Meridien Thimphu Junior Suite

Le Meridien Riverfront Paro

Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront is a great blend of luxury and comfort.

Located 10 minutes away from Paro International Airport, Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront is situated on the edge of the Paro River, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas. It’s a perfect stopover for anyone visiting Bhutan.

Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront is the largest five-star hotel in Paro, Bhutan with highest room inventory in the area. The hotel is equipped with some of the finest food and beverages venues in the country as well as most outstanding meeting spaces, making it a popular MICE venue for international business travellers.

Le Meridien Paro Grand Deluxe Room


Planning to travel to Bhutan during a festival?

On popular dates of travel such as during festival time, flight tickets tend to get fully reserved 5 months prior. Due to limited flight and seats available, we recommend you to reserve your ticket as early as possible. You can reserve your ticket for free with us and plan your trip to Bhutan with a peace of mind knowing that you will have a spot on your flight to Bhutan.


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