Escape from the stress of everyday life and savour a few days of solitude in Bhutan. Go and meditate in the hills, amidst lush forests where only the sound of nature and the cool breeze will accompany you. You may also join retreats and listen to Buddhist masters in nearby temples or monasteries. Tours and other activities are available too if you want to see and experience what Bhutan can offer. Then at the end of the day, enjoy undisturbed silence with their traditional hot stone bath.
Here is our hand-picked list of the best places for you to check out. If we are missing anything, please let us know!
Located 10 minutes from Paro International Airport, Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront is situated on the edge of the Paro River, offering panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayas, making it a perfect stopover for anyone visiting Bhutan.
They have an Explore Spa which has a chic, streamlined interior, inspiring views, and innovative therapies. An indoor heated pool and a Fitness Center with steam and sauna are also available. There are two restaurants that serve global à la carte menu items throughout the day too.
Rise to the chirping of numerous species of rare birds and enjoy the serenity and carefree luxury of the pinewoods at Wangchuk Resort Taba. It boasts stunning views of the seat of Bhutan’s capital, Tashichhodzong, the Parliament building and all of Thimphu valley.
Rediscover your inner self through a spiritual quest at a beautiful temple at the resort. You can either meditate at will or listen to discourses from highly learned Buddhist Masters. They also offer spa services, a fitness center and a health club.
The Kuenphen Rabten Resort is located amidst quaint traditional houses and apple orchards. They offer a taste of the traditional Bhutanese experience with all the modern comforts and luxury. It is near an ancient Buddhist Stupa and features traditional Bhutanese paintings and sculptures on its walls.
They have a conference hall, a karaoke lounge and a meditation hall that faces the Buddha Dordenma statue which is the largest sitting statue of Buddha in the world. A café where guests can relax while enjoying a beverage is also available.
Dewachen Hotel is encircled by pine forests in the hidden valley of Phobjikha. It features sixteen double rooms, modern bathroom fittings, a bar, and a restaurant with a magnificent view.
The hotel offers a cocktail lounge, horse riding facilities, cultural programs upon request, massage, and a traditional hot stone bath where you can unwind at the end of the day.
Gangtey palace is surrounded by natural vegetation and has breathtaking panoramic views of the whole Paro valley. Its corridors, entrance halls and rooms feature Bhutanese antiquities, traditional paintings of Buddhist Gods and Goddesses, rare murals, Bhutanese lucky signs and allegory arts.
The hotel offers ayurvedic massage and has a hot stone-bath facility in its backyard. The water used is sourced from a natural spring within the property that is believed to have healing properties. A quiet and solemn altar room on the top floor of the building is also available for meditation sessions.
In an idyllic spot of breathtaking beauty, surrounded by hills covered in thick evergreen forests is the Chumey Nature Resort. The resort provides a haven of peace and quiet. Prominent landmarks and monasteries are just within walking distance so you will have ample opportunity to explore the heart of Bhutanese culture and history.
In this venue, you can enjoy pleasant walks among the lichen-hung trees, the undisturbed song of myriad birds at the break of day, the silence of night but for the sighing of the wind through the pines, and the serenity of a traditional hot stone bath. A meditation room at Padma’i Denzin Lhakhang where you can relax your mind, body and soul is also available.
Have a peaceful escape in the hills of Bhutan here at Naksel Boutique Hotel & SPA. It is nestled on the edge of the national forest and the quiet Ngoba Village. Their rooms boast of unparalleled views of Mount Jumolhari, Taktsang Monastery, Sangachoekhor Monastery, and the Paro valley below.
Their spa specializes in relaxation and healing therapies, such as hot stone baths. They infuse traditional Bhutanese medicine with Himalayan herbs and massage techniques for an authentic and complete relaxation experience.
Experience the hospitality of this landlocked Himalayan Kingdom here at Six Senses Bhutan. They have five uniquely designed lodges with spacious suites and villas set in intimate locations namely in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Gangtey, and Bumthang.
Each location offers various activities where you can learn and experience the rich culture of Bhutan. You can go hiking and biking, interact with monks, meditate, chat with the village children, and perform protective rituals and offering ceremonies.
If you need to restore your balance and are interested to learn the culture and history of Bhutan, you can come here to Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary. Aside from impressive spa programs, they also provide tour and hike assistance.
They have traditional Bhutanese medicine doctors, who will create a personal well-being program, including dietary advice that is focused on balancing the body, mind and spirit. You can also enjoy the benefits of traditional massages, herbal treatments, yoga, meditation, hot stone baths and forest bathing.
COMO Uma Paro is an intimate, 29-room resort featuring the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan. It is situated on a tree-clad hill with breathtaking views of the valley and is near cultural and important landmarks. Their restaurant serves nutritious dishes made from fresh local ingredients and it is also the restaurant of choice of Bhutan’s royal family.
The COMO Shambhala Retreat here has a full range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments, both for guests and those staying elsewhere in the Paro Valley. They have two private Bhutanese hot-stone bathhouses, as well as a large indoor pool with an alfresco sundeck facing the mountains across the valley. There are also separate steam rooms for men and women, a yoga studio, and a state-of-the-art gym.