9 luxurious hotels in Bhutan for a royal vacation
The Kingdom of Bhutan, located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, is considered one of the most excellent places in the world.
There are beautiful mountain views, fresh water streams, and lush greenery that stretches for miles.
The 9 best luxury vacation hotels Bhutan has to offer.
Taj Tashi (Thimphu)
Did you read the name correctly? The supposed Taj company also has a luxury hotel in Bhutan! Taj Tashi, a joint venture between Taj Hotels and local firm Tashi, opened in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu in 2008.
It was the first 5-star hotel in the country. Its design and architecture were influenced by local aesthetics. With 57 rooms and 9 suites as well as first-class amenities such as a business center, conference room, in-room dining and babysitting services, this hotel promises a wonderful stay in Thimpu.
Taj Tashi is located in Samten Lam, Chubachu just an hour from the airport in Paro, and was ranked the 8th best hotel in India and the Himalayas by Conde Nast Reader's Choice in 2015.
2. Tashi Namgay (Paro)
Tashi Namgay is conveniently located opposite the international airport in Paro. It is another luxury hotel in Bhutan owned by Tashi.
Set amidst lush foliage that spans 5 acres, it has 58 rooms divided into an executive suite (includes a home theater and bathroom), a luxury cottage, junior suites perfect for families and couples, and luxury rooms with beautiful city views.
Tashi Namgay with sun lanterns has a rustic look with wooden "pebbles" and brick walls. It offers fun activities such as archery, Bhutanese hot stone baths, hooroo (darts) and spa services for holidaymakers.
3. Thimphu Tower Hotel (Thimphu)
Opened in 2015, this luxury hotel in Bhutan gets its name from its proximity to the tower clock square. It offers 28 suites with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and spectacular mountain views.
You'll even find an artisanal mall on the first floor of the hotel that will fulfill all your souvenir wishes.
Changlam Square is a short walk away, and Changangha Lhakhang and Chorten Memorial are a couple of minutes away.
4. Jigme Suites (Thimphu)
The luxurious suites located in Tshalu Lam are among the few in the country where pets are allowed.
Jigme Suites is very popular, offering wholesome and gourmet Bhutanese food. The rooms have a beautiful view of the mountains, the city and the river in Thimphu.
In fact, if you're interested in exploring nature, there's also bike rentals! There is a business center, a bar, free Wi-Fi, and an American, Asian, and vegetarian breakfast.
As for sightseeing, Jigme Suites is a short drive from Simtoha Dzong and the National Library of Bhutan, and a little further away you'll find the Chorten Memorial and Clock Tower Square.
5. Gangtey Lodge (Gangtey)
Founded by an Australian-Burmese couple in 2013, this luxury hotel in Bhutan overlooks the protected nature reserve of the Gangtey Valley (Phobjikha).
From the spacious rooms in this cozy cabin, you can sometimes see beautiful black-necked cranes in a relatively pristine valley.
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The 12 rooms are designed for 2 people with a choice of a double bed or two single beds. Each room has a fireplace, bathtub and beautiful stone facade.
In 2017, Gangtey Lodge was ranked the 5th best hotel in Asia by Conde Nast Traveller. In addition to comfortable lodging, you can take part in indoor activities such as archery, mountain biking, and meditation.
6. Como Uma (Paro and Punakha)
Hotel Como Uma is located at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. It offers 9 private cottage-villas of 92 square meters. Along with this, the main building has 20 rooms, each of which is 32 square meters.
Rooms are decorated with handmade Bhutanese stone and wooden ornaments, and the main building houses a charming yurt-shaped restaurant that serves organic produce.
Meanwhile, Como Uma Hotel overlooks the beautiful Punakha Valley and has 2 separate villas and 9 rooms. It is located near Punakha Dzong, a 17th century temple / fortress that was once home to the government of Bhutan.
7. Le Meridien (Thimphu and Paro)
Le Meridien is a popular chain of luxury hotels around the world. There are 2 luxury hotels in Bhutan. Le Meredien Thimphu has 78 rooms, including 9 spacious penthouse suites, making them the hotel with the maximum number of rooms in the basic category.
This hotel is close to attractions such as Changangha Lhakhang and Fahodong Monastery, as well as the Chorten Memorial.
Le Meridien Paro is located on the banks of the Paro River, and has a beautiful Buddhist statue. Less than half an hour away is the Paro Taktsang Monastery.
If you're looking for decent accommodations, Le Meridien Hotels promises first-class amenities and welcoming service.
8. Amankora, Punakha (Paro, Punakha and Gangtey)
Amankora offers luxury hotels throughout Bhutan, located in the Paro, Punakha, Bumthang and Gangtey valleys. They include traditional Bhutanese design aesthetics, such as the farmhouse in Punakha, which was built by a former chief abbot of Bhutan.
Each of the rooms boasts beautiful views of orange orchards and green scenery. The establishment was meticulously designed by renowned resort architect Kerry Hill.
9. Zhiwa Ling (Paro and Thimpu)
Zhiwa Ling can be found in Paro and Thimphu. Zhiwa Ling occupies 10 acres and has rooms with handmade designs by local artisans.
Suites, Mahnolia and Drugyel are located in 8 cottages. They have bathtubs, heated buffet floors, plush seating areas, and private balconies. In fact, these rooms are some of the largest standard rooms in Bhutan.
The main building of the hotel has an inner temple built of 450-year-old wood. Zhiwa Ling in Thimphu was created by Austrian and Bhutanese planners. It has 20 spacious rooms, both luxurious and premiere, with magnificent scenery of cypress trees.
The endless view of scenic hills and mountain beauty in all directions will captivate you! Stay in one of these luxury hotels in Bhutan with their world-class facilities and very courteous staff - everything you need for a great vacation in the Himalayan kingdom.
Become part of its greatness and find out why Bhutan is one of the happiest countries in the world!