Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora
Amankora

Amankora

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Bhutan

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“Journey of discovery”

Wish to explore the country but want to stay connected to Aman? We don’t blame you. In Bhutan, Amankora’s made of five remote lodges scattered across the Himalayan kingdom, proving that an address does not simply an Aman make. Visit one on a journey or make it a pilgrimage to find yourself in these lodges. The prayer flags and archery grounds are very Bhutan, but the feeling you’re on top of the world? It’s all Aman.

Best time to visit : March to May

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What we love

What we absolutely love about the property and feel sure will dazzle you too.

  • What’s better than one Aman property? Five mini ones!
  • Though located hours apart, the layouts of the rooms, the all-inclusive pricing, seamless one-time check-in and check-out procedure, with communication on guest preferences makes it feel like one hospitality experience
  • Aman’s understated luxury fits perfectly with the remote locations
  • The Aman way of opening doors to cultural experiences and bringing cultural experiences to guests is particularly rewarding here

  • Rooms
  • Dining
  • Leisure
  • Location
  • The Insider

72 Suites within 5 Lodges

Amankora's Lodges - simple, elegant sanctuaries spread across five pristine valleys - are as tranquil and out of time as the kingdom they are part of.

Room Facilities

  • Twin vanities
  • King-size bed
  • Separate shower and toilet
  • Terrazzo-clad bathtub
  • Banquette window-seat
  • Traditional wood-burning stove

Need to Know

Check-in 15.00 / Check-out 12.00

Paro Lodge
Paro Lodge
  • 2
  • 50 sq. m.
  • King
  • Forest

At an elevation of 2,250 metres, Paro Valley makes a beguiling start or an atmospheric end to an Amankora journey. Hidden in thick pine the 24-suites, with walls clad in wood and black steel panelling, contrast rustic elements with contemporary design. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms featured terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. 

Thimpu Lodge
Thimpu Lodge
  • 2
  • 50 sq. m
  • King
  • Himalayan landscape

Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, the 16-Suite Lodge of Amankora Thimphu is built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress. Within reach of the capital’s shops and sights, the lodge remains a secluded retreat from which to explore both all the city has to offer and the wild Himalayan landscape. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. 

Gangtey Lodge
Gangtey Lodge
  • 2
  • 50 sq. m.
  • King
  • Valley

In the little-visited Phobjikha Valley near the village of Gangtey, the eight-Suite Amankora Gangtey is set on a forested knoll with scenic views of the valley floor and the 16th century Gangtey Goemba monastery. Part of the Black Mountains National Park wildlife reserve, the valley is home each winter to a flock of 300 endangered black-neck cranes. Suite interiors are identical to those of Amankora Thimphu, each enjoying a view across the valley. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. 

Bumthang Lodge
Bumthang Lodge
  • 2
  • 50 sq. m.
  • King
  • Valley

Bumthang, directly translating as ‘beautiful field’, is home to 29 temples and monasteries, including the ancient Jambay Lhakhang, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions. The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley. From here, guests can embark on a multitude of cultural and spiritual experiences, including the unforgettable experience of the 108 butter lamp offering at Taktsang Monastery. Amenities include king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet. 

Punakha Lodge
Punakha Lodge
  • 4
  • 40 sq. m.
  • King
  • Rice terrace

Reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River covered in prayer flags, Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan). Located in a subtropical valley that produces most of the nation’s vegetables, the area is where the Bhutanese royals spend their winters. Eight of the suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces. The four Mo Chhu Suites are situated in a new building, and two feature separate 40 sq. m. living areas. The suites can be combined to offer two 2-bedroom units. 

Restaurants
Restaurants
Bhutanese, Western and Indian dishes are available at the restaurants in each of the five lodges.
Aman Spa
Aman Spa
There is a spa located in each of the five lodges.

Amankora

Combining the Sanskrit word for peace with the Bhutanese for circular journey, Amankora allows guests to create a tailormade tour of their own, visiting all or a selection of the lodges at Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang with a driver provided for the duration of their stay. 

Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Bhutan

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Jonathan Lithgow
Jonathan Lithgow
General Manager

After two decades of managing luxury safari camps, wine estates and an island escape in Africa, New Zealand and Seychelles, Jonathan Lithgow joined Aman in 2019 as Country Manager for Bhutan of Amankora. As his first stint in the Himalayas, Jonathan manages the five Amankora lodges, set in five valleys around the kingdom, and experienced as a singular journey of pilgrimage. 

Candle Lit Potato Shed Dinner
Candle Lit Potato Shed Dinner
"A ten-minute walk from our lodge is a stone-built potato shed which is built to house the local farmers’ autumn potato harvest. In the midst of all the spuds, we have mounted a bukhari, the traditional wood-burning oven to make the shed comfortably warm. With Bhutanese wooden furniture and the flickering candles the perfect setting for a romantic dinner is created. Start your evening with some ara, the local wine, by the bonfire outside, before retiring to your seats amidst the potatoes. Enjoy your Bhutanese meal in the rural surroundings whilst a musician enriches the atmosphere with Bhutanese instruments and folk songs." 
A Cup of Unique and Rare Teas
A Cup of Unique and Rare Teas
"Sandwiched by two giants of tea culture – India and China, Bhutan has its own blends of the beloved drink. For the beginners, there’s Ngaja, a sweet blend with milk and sugar. Suja is a unique tea made with butter and salt, while for the true tea leaf connoisseurs, Bhutan produces one of the most rarest green tea blends – the Thunder Dragon Tea, grown and harvested in the grounds of one of the royal palaces in Trongsa Valley." 
A Taste of Thimphu
A Taste of Thimphu
"Bhutan’s capital is a conglomeration of the kingdom’s culinary diversity. Wander through two floors of the country’s largest market – the Centenary Farmers Market and pick the best produce from the numerous organic farms and home gardens around Bhutan. Bring your market finds back to the Amankora Thimphu lodge where the chefs will gladly turn it into your next Bhutanese meal." 
Try Your Hand on Archery
Try Your Hand on Archery
"Whilst in Bhutan, we strongly urge you to have a go at the country’s national sport, archery. In the past, the hunting bows were made of long single pieces of bamboo, bound with leather. They have now been replaced by modern versions and are solely used for sporting events. However a version of the original bow is still used in local archery contests. We have several available in all of the Amankora lodges and one of us will be happy to offer instructions, or challenge you, any time you wish."  
Traditional Bhutanese Tented Dinner
Traditional Bhutanese Tented Dinner
"Amankora Paro Terrace, with its beautifully laid flagstone, serves as a majestic dinner venue with the backdrop of the white washed facade of the Living Room and the fragrant pine forest beyond. Dinner tables are set under a magically embroidered, traditional Bhutanese Ceremonial Tent. The tent is gently lit with ferry lights and numerous flickering lanterns across the terrace. Warmth and ambience is added with large wood burning fire bowl around the tent."
Cook the Mountain with a Cooking Class
Cook the Mountain with a Cooking Class
"Master the art of Bhutanese cooking by signing up for a private cooking class with our chef at Amankora Punakha lodge. With many years of culinary experience he is happy to share his knowledge and newfound passion for the Bhutanese cuisine. The cooking class is taught at the lodge courtyard or in the former farmhouse kitchen, owned by a revered Buddhist lama. After your hands-on cooking class in the afternoon you can enjoy the exotic aromas of your newly acquired culinary skills during dinner. Best of all, take a taste of Bhutan home to impress your family and friends with."
Village Hot Stone Bath with a View
Village Hot Stone Bath with a View
"In Amankora Gangtey you have the opportunity to soak in a traditional wooden tub out in the open. The bath is situated in a candle-lit stone hut in Tokha village, a fifteen-minute walk from the lodge. The sliding bamboo doors allow full privacy yet offer open views of magnificent Phobjikha Valley. When you arrive, the stones used to heat up the water will be red hot on the outdoor fire.  Sit back and unwind in the bath for as long as you wish as you sip on a cup of hot apple juice and watch the sun set. Your body will benefit from the minerals in the stones and the healing effects of the local herbs. On return to the lodge, you can prolong your experience with a relaxing massage in our spa as the perfect end to your rejuvenation." 
Khamsun Temple Breakfast
Khamsun Temple Breakfast
"From Amankora’s Punakha lodge, the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is an easy morning trail away, which takes you through farmyards and rice paddies and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the local farming traditions. While you enjoy the superb views of the valley from the chorten roof top, your guide will have found the perfect picnic spot in the gardens surrounding the chorten and laid out your continental breakfast for you to enjoy in the morning sun. Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten is 100 ft / 30 m tall, three-leveled chorten which took eight and a half years to build, consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the Fifth King." 
Authentic Farmhouse Lunch
Authentic Farmhouse Lunch
"Two retired cooks from Bhutan’s Royal household have come back to their homes in Paro and Bumthang but upon request, they can whip out traditional Bhutanese dishes for an authentic Farm House Lunch experience, exclusively for guests of Amankora Paro and Amankora Bumthang."