Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $500.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include daily á la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner; mountain biking; archery; meditation classes; and laundry.
There are no TVs at the hotel, which fits perfectly with the atmosphere – one in which guests are encouraged to disconnect from the stressful everyday and embrace the mountain lifestyle.
At the hotel
Mountainous grounds; spa with a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath; lounge; library; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: iPod dock; tea- and coffee-making kit; underfloor heating; free bottled water; Thann toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
All 12 suites are the same size and style, but we’d ask for one on the first floor for a loftier outlook.
A simple building of timber and stone, the bath house could be mistaken for a small farmer’s hut were it not for the large plate-glass windows set into the side, affording bathers a view that only increases the bath’s peace-bringing powers. Built in the traditional Bhutanese style, the wooden tub (which fits two) is filled with mineral-rich water and heated with stones drawn from the roaring fire outside. Drawing on Ayurvedic traditions and ancient Tibetan medicine, this bathing ritual puts you in contact with the oldest of Bhutanese culture, dating back as far the 7th century. A variety of massages and other treatments are also available at the hut or in the the comfort of your own suite.
Up here, we’ll wager that any thought of fashion will soon fade into the mountain air. Instead, pack with an eye on the climate, opting for things that are warm and comfy.
All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible; there’s a single step to get onto the terrace, but staff are always on hand to assist. There are no specially adapted bedrooms, but there are three on the ground floor.
The lodge is very eco friendly, designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Local, recycled and eco-friendly materials were used in construction, the building is designed for maximum energy efficiency, wastewater is recycled and food waste is composted.