Need to know
82, including 68 suites.
Noon, but flexible for a fee. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Bhutan is not your average far-flung ancient kingdom: it’s forbidden for foreign tourists to travel independently and so you’ll be accompanied by a guide at all times. Certain areas will require permits, which can be applied for via the immigration office in Thimphu.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, car park, gym. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee, and Bose speakers.
Our favourite rooms
Each of the wood-panelled rooms has head-in-the-clouds views, with the best place from which to appreciate them being the bath tub, obviously. Groups will love the Three-Bedroom Villa, which has plenty of indoor and outdoor space, hand-chiselled stone walls and a Paro Valley-facing deck where the chef can serve up spectacular private dinners on request.
There’s a heated indoor pool overlooking the Paro Valley and its forests.
The spa has two treatment rooms for rituals including deep-tissue, Marma and holistic massages, and detox scrubs. Private yoga and meditation classes can be arranged.
This is one for the outdoor wear – Gore-Tex is actively encouraged, along with waterproofs, especially if you’ve travelled during monsoon season (late June to late September).
The hotel is not easily accessible for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds and cots can be added to all rooms. Mini Smiths are allowed in the restaurant at all times, but there’s no special menu. Special activities, including farm trips and cooking classes, can be arranged for children.
All Bhutan’s power supply is hydro, so the hotel can’t take credit for that; it does minimise its plastic use, though. Other admirable actions include local wood being used for fires, organic produce being grown on site, and Bhutanese suppliers, artists and designers helping out with the decor.