Set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, the collection of five boutique lodges will take travelers on a magnificent journey through the Buddhist kingdom.
Beautiful yet mysterious, the kingdom of Bhutan tops many a bucket list thanks to its reputation as the happiest place on Earth.
Travelers looking to experience its dramatic landscapes on the eastern edge of the Himalayas can now book a stay at Six Senses Bhutan, one of the most anticipated properties launching in Asia this year.
Slated to open in October, Six Senses Bhutan is a collection of five boutique lodges nestled in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each boasting its own unique character and experiences.
Here, a total of 82 guest suites and villas are distributed between these five satellite resorts, which are located in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro.
Located in the capital, Six Senses Thimphu incorporates the grand architectural elements of a traditional dzong (fortress) and the clouds, thereby lending the name of “palace in the sky” to the largest lodge among the five.
The next is Six Senses Punakha, which calls the valley of Punakha home. It takes inspiration from the surrounding farms and vegetable terraces, as well as the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan.
In the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha lies Six Senses Gangtey, which features a bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where black-necked cranes roam.
Located further east in the kingdom’s spiritual center is Six Senses Bumthang, a lodge that’s located in a lush pine forest and privy to stunning landscapes and monasteries.
Finally, Six Senses Paro is perched on an elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to an ancient stone ruins of a dzong.
The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018, with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018; while Gangtey and Bumthang resorts look set to open in early 2019.
Guests at Six Senses Bhutan can expect to enjoy a host of authentic and unique experiences, including meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking a giant Buddha statue; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro.
True to the Six Senses philosophy of wellness, each location features its own spa and wellness center with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang to a pyramid meditation room and swedana (steam) treatment at Gangtey.
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