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; laundry service and return airport transfers from Paro.
Aman founder Adrian Zecha wanted Amankora to immerse guests in the Bhutanese way of life, which is why you won’t find any TVs at the hotel. Here, you’re encouraged to spend your days exploring the forests and mountains, meeting locals and visiting monasteries.
At the hotel
Spa with a sauna, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: wood-burning stove; air-conditioning; free bottled water; Aman bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All 24 suites are the same size and have sleek, minimalist furnishings carved from the local timber. Each one has a banquette window seat overlooking the forest, a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove and a terrazzo-clad bath tub. We’d book one on the first floor for a better view over the forest.
At Paro Lodge, the Himalayan landscape is made a part of the treatment process. Guests are encouraged to go ‘forest bathing’, revelling in the sight and scent of the sunshot pines, and the spa itself is clad in local timber and has woodland views. Everything from the incense (cedarwood, which used in traditional remedies and temple ceremonies) to the herbs used in the baths is anchored to Bhutanese tradition, enfolding guests in pacifying rituals that have been practiced in the valley for centuries. Try their signature facial, which uses homemade yoghurt, Bumthang honey and oranges, or treat yourself to a soak in a khempa-herb hot stone bath.
Guests tend to dress down and on the sporty side – bring clothes that you’d wear to wander through a misty forest.
The mountainous terrain and lack of adapted rooms make the lodge unsuitable for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome at the hotel, but the serene atmosphere means its better suited to adults and older children. Babysitting is available for US$25 an hour; two days notice is needed.