Six Senses in Bhutan
We're excited that the gorgeous Six Senses Hotel and Spa Resort Group are building 5 (yes five) new properties in Bhutan. Here's a feel of what's coming soon.
Six Senses Bhutan allows guests to experience the depth of this wondrous destination of stunning natural scenery by creating five properties for the ultimate circuit experience. With a total of just 82 guest suites distributed between five intimate lodges, the project creates a Six Senses journey that comprises Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Opening in early 2018, the five guest lodges reflect the heritage and hospitality for which positions this colorful Kingdom as the Happiest Place on Earth.
Situated within beautiful apple orchards to the north and young pine forests to the south, Six Senses Bhutan Thimphu is strategically perched on the valley hillside due south of the town at an elevation of 8,694 feet (2,650 meters). Spectacular views reward the property looking up Thimphu Valley and across to the 170 foot (52 meter) high giant Buddha. This location provides a comfortable escape from the bustling capital of the Kingdom, while yet close enough to easily access the many attractions. Our Thimphu lodge with its grand design and lobby reflecting ponds has been named Palace in the Sky.
The road to Punakha from Thimphu winds and climbs through pine forests and passes streams, waterfalls, chortens and prayer flags, rising to Dochu La Pass, with its wonderful vistas, at an elevation of 10,223 feet (3,116 meters). Gradually the road descends during the 60-minute drive to Punakha Valley, one of the lowest lying valleys in Bhutan. At an elevation of 4,265 feet (1,300 meters) and with a temperate climate, this valley is the market garden of the country, where produce grows year round and many Bhutanese reside during the cooler winter months. Punakha has an interesting history; it was the capital of Bhutan for a period of 300 years until Thimphu was declared the official capital in the 1950s. It is the site of one of Bhutan’s most historically important dzongs, the magnificent 17th century Punakha Dzong.
Situated a short 15-minute drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong along the Mo Chhu River and nestled several hundred meters above the valley floor at an elevation of 4,593 feet (1,400 meters) is Six Senses Punakha.
Frequently referred to as the Flying Farmhouse amidst the Rice Fields, this spectacular lodge takes on a more rustic rural feel adorned with the warmer climate of its surroundings.
The drive onward to Bumthang takes guests over the picturesque Yotong La and down into the Chhume Valley, home of Bhutan’s famous Yatra weaving.
Located directly within a pine grove, Six Senses Bumthang has been carefully designed and built within the forest, thereby taking on the name Forest within a Forest. This once again highlights a unique lodge design that provides guests something very special to enjoy and quite different from their previous three lodge experiences.
At an elevation of 9,514 feet (2,900 meters) on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, the glacial valley is a designated conservation area and winter home of the endangered black-necked cranes. The quaint village is dominated by the 16th century Gangtey Goemba, which includes a school and quarters for monks and meditation facilities, and is home to the mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, one of the region’s historically important Buddhist treasure discoverers.
Driving southwards through the open valley and traditional farms, guests arrive to the western valley slopes where Six Senses Bhutan Gangtey is strategically positioned and showcases a 180-degree view of the valley and all its beauty.
Of course, one of the most exciting fascinations of this area is the Black Necked Cranes and our lodge is within walking distance to the Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s Black Neck Cranes Center. With uniqueness to the fore, the lodge takes on a very special design and is referred to as the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge.
Perched directly above The National Museum of Bhutan within some 12th century ruins, Six Senses Paro enjoys views of the valley that will be forever etched within one’s memory. To complement such an amazing site, once again the lodge has been uniquely designed to maximize its surrounding history and incredible valley views. Known as Stone Ruins, the Paro lodge has some wonderful destination dining experiences in which guests will surely indulge.
Paro valley has a number of monasteries and monuments but none so dramatic as Taktsang, or Tiger’s Nest. A highly revered monastery built on a sheer cliff face at a height of 9,678 feet (2,950 meters), it is widely visible from the floor of Paro Valley. The hike up to Tiger's Nest is one of the must-do experiences of Bhutan, best done at the end of your stay so that you are a little more acclimatised to the altitude and, of course, that it is a truly spectacular finale ...
It's too soon to make bookings yet but get in touch and we'll keep you posted on when we can start incorporating these lodges in a sumptuous tour of this beautiful kingdom.