Amanresorts are nothing if not exclusive; relatively modest in size, if not in the scope of their comforts, they’re priced well out of the reach of the undiscerning traveler, and situated in locations that are highly desirable, yet less than obvious.
Aman’s expansion into the rarefied air of this tiny mountain kingdom fits the pattern to a tee — Bhutan strictly limits the number of visitors admitted, and has taken great pains to avoid the everyman-backpacker fate that has befallen nearby Nepal, and to protect at all costs the pristine natural environment and ancient Bhutanese culture.
Instead of a single hotel complex, Amankora is a slight departure. It’s a series of lodges, five at last count, spread across the valleys of central and western Bhutan — with locations near the towns of Paro and in the capital Thimphu, and the even more remote locales of Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang.
A tour of all five lodges can be arranged, but no single one stands out; each offers seclusion, spectacular views and a tranquil atmosphere, with interiors in the spare Eastern-contemporary Aman style and the same traditional Bhhutanese rammed-earth architecture. Accommodations are slightly more Spartan than the typical Aman resort — televisions and room service are notable in their absence — but the suites compensate with such charms as wood-burning stoves, palatial beds and luxurious terrazzo baths. Spa treatments are available at all the lodges, and all five are ideal home bases for a guided mountain trek or a jeep excursion.
One caveat: plan ahead regarding visa requirements. Bhutan’s quota system makes entry a bit complicated. Amanresorts recommends traveling via Bangkok, where their staff can sort out the visa details, eliminating any inconvenient surprises on the ground at Paro.
How to get there:
Amankora is a 20 minute drive from Paro airport. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange airport transfers.
Important Information about traveling to Bhutan:
The Kingdom of Bhutan requires every foreign national (except Indian nationals) to pay a Daily Government Royalty of $65 USD per person, per day and an FIT surcharge of $30 USD per person, per day. (FIT means “Free Independent Traveler”)
Additionally, foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to pay a non-refundable visa fee of $20 USD per application (one name per application), and a $10 USD Tourism Development Fund fee. It takes 2-3 weeks to complete the visa formalities. For more information or assistance, please contact email@example.com.
- 24 Rooms
- Style: Modern Design
- Atmosphere: Secluded
- Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Bumthang
Hotel amenities and services
- Free wi-fi
- Spa treatments (on request)
- Steam rooms