Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $1550.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $60.00 per room per night prior to arrival and an additional government tax of $65.00 per person per night prior to arrival.
Rates include daily à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner (including picnics for excursions); select wines and spirits; return airport transfers from Paro; laundry service. Guests staying seven nights or more get an English speaking guide, too.
Amankora was designed to immerse guests in the Bhutanese way of life, which is why you won’t find any TVs at the lodge. Here, you’re encouraged to spend your days exploring the landscape, village and monastery.
At the hotel
Spa, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: traditional Bhutanese wood-burning stove; air-conditioning; free bottled water; Aman bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All eight suites have the same zen-inspired design and are clad in the local Himalayan pine. The furnishings toe the line between Japanese minimalism and traditional Bhutanese styles, pairing modern shapes with traditional features like the bukhari wood-burning stove.
At Amankora, the process of unwinding begins long before you set foot in the spa. Guests are encouraged to go for meditative walks in the surrounding pine forest, which is all the more beautiful when the trees sway in the sun or are wreathed in a fine mountain mist – a sight that makes the perfect prelude to one of the treatments, yoga classes or hot stone baths. Drawing on Ayurvedic and ancient Tibetan medicine, Bhutanese hot stone baths are an important part of the national culture, used as far back as the 7th century. At Gangtey Lodge, the stone baths are filled with mountain spring water and scented with local khempa herb, which helps sooth weary limbs. Other treatments include foot reflexology sessions and Amankora signature facial, which uses homemade yoghurt, Bumthang honey and oranges.
Technical hiking gear and a cashmere scarf for breezy evenings. You’re at the foot of the Himalayas, after all.
The hilly terrain and lack of adapted rooms make the hotel unsuitable for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome at the hotel, but the tranquil atmosphere means its better suited to adults and older children. Babysitting is available for US$20 an hour; two hours’ notice is needed.