Need to know
Each of the five lodges has between eight and 24 suites, with 72 in total.
Midday, although some flexibility is possible depending on Druk Air's departure times.
Double rooms from $1550.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include all meals and house drinks, laundry, return Paro airport transfers and visa processing. Guests staying seven nights or more will also receive a spa treatment, a private car with driver, and long road and monument permits.
If you’re after a break from mountain trekking and can’t face another hot-stone spa therapy, then make like William Tell and try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery. Amankora can provide tutors who’ll help you hone your bow skills.
At the hotel
Paro: library, spa with sauna, hot stone baths and yoga area. Thimphu: spa, dining deck. Punakha: tea pavilion, yoga room, steam room. Gangtey: massage rooms. Bumthang: spa, library. In rooms: <i>bukhari</i> wood-burning stove, terrazzo-clad bath.
Our favourite rooms
Amankora’s huge guest suites fall into two types: Paro-style, with a combination of wood and black steel walls creating an air of ultra-modern chic, and Thimphu-style, where all walls, floor and ceiling are lined with warm wooden panels. At Paro, all rooms have equally impressive views, but at Thimphu, we love rooms 14, 15 and 16, which offer guests the most privacy as well as the sounds of the nearby stream to fall asleep to. At Punakha, rooms 5 and 6 boast the best views of the paddy fields. At Gangtey, go for room 4.
Experience Bhutan's natural resources with a treatment at Amankora Spa. Traditional plant and herb-based therapies are incorporated into each of the spa's menus and each room is scented with cedarwood, the traditional remedy for respiratory, skin and arthritic conditions. Try Paro's signature hot stone bath, Himalayan salt scrub and massage or Thimpu's hot oil head massage.
Mountain-view-gazing is the number one activity at Amankora, so if you’re into gadget-based entertainment, a portable DVD player and some iPod speakers wouldn’t go amiss. A reading torch will help address the dim light in some bedrooms.
You don’t have to stay at all five lodges, the hotel will help you put together a bespoke itinerary.
The Amankora experience is more suited to adventurous couples.
Amankora's lodges recycle extensively, including donating organic materials to pig farmers, and processing waste water. There's also a reforestation programme in place, and all power is hydroelectric, where possible.