Bhutan is the only Himalayan Kingdom left and is tagged as the Happiest Place on Earth. It is one of the places where nature lovers, hikers and trekkers go yearly to experience what the Himalayas has to offer. Aside from mountain activities and tours, this nation also has different resorts and hotels that offer wellness retreats. So after an activity-filled day, you can relax and rejuvenate amidst majestic nature views.
Here is our hand-picked list of the best places for you to check out. If we are missing anything, please let us know!
Revive your senses and immerse yourself in the peace and beauty of nature at Dhensa Boutique Resorts. Flanked by thick pine forests, it overlooks the Punakha river and hundreds of paddy fields. It is surrounded by a lot of walking and trekking trails and is just a five-minute trek to the magnificent Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, which houses one of the biggest bronze statues of Chenrigzig in the country.
Recharge, soothe tired muscles or simply reconnect with your soul at the spa that offers yoga, treatments and a unique outdoor wood-fired bath. They also have a steam room and sauna with a window overlooking the forestry so you can rejuvenate while enjoying nature’s beauty.
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.
Located at the heart of Bhutan’s capital city is Le Méridien Thimphu. They are just steps away from shops and entertainment, and are conveniently accessible to Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong and other attractions. It features 78 elegant guest rooms and suites that boast authentic Bhutanese-style furnishings and stellar amenities.
A fitness centre complete with cardio and strength equipment, as well as steam and sauna is available here. They also have an indoor heated pool and a spa that offers massages, facials, body scrubs and treatments.
Terma Linca Resort and Spa is a family-friendly resort that offers great views, a serene environment, and an experience of a lifetime. Aside from a cafe that serves premium brewed coffee and finely baked goods, they also have a bar and restaurant on-site that can provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They offer various activities inside and outside the hotel. You can try camping trips, yak safaris, bungee jumping, skiing, water rafting, mountain biking, and hiking. Relaxation spots where you can rest and have some quiet time are also available in the hotel.
COMO Uma Punakha is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. It features nine hillside Valley View rooms and two free-standing luxury private villas. Their restaurant serves both Bhutanese and international dishes which are made from the fresh vegetables, fruits and dairy products available in the valley.
The tranquil view of the twisting Mo Chhu river slicing through the green landscape makes this resort a perfect venue to practice yoga and meditation. After a few calming sessions, you may continue to relax and try their holistic, Asian-inspired treatments which include signature massages, facials, body therapies, and the country’s famous hot-stone bath.
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.
Gangtey Lodge is an award-winning lodge that has a stunning design and sweeping views of the valley. They feature suites that have a fireplace area, underfloor heating, a private bathroom and a spacious living area, with interiors reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.
Immersive experiences are being offered such as tree planting, hiking, biking, spiritual cleansing, and meditation classes at the Shedra. Hot stone baths, which are believed to produce an array of medicinal benefits, and holistic massage treatments are also available in this venue.
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.
Amankora is the first resort in Bhutan and has five simple yet elegant lodges across its central and western valleys. Their accommodations offer serene views of forests and valleys. From here, you can experience unique wildlife encounters, hiking, archery, river rafting, and cycling.
This resort gives guests the opportunity to have immersive cultural experiences and personal encounters at dzongs, monasteries and other sacred sites. After a long day full of activities, you can give yourself a relaxing and refreshing time at their cedar scented spas. Himalayan plant- and herb-based therapies, hot-stone baths, yoga, meditation, forest bathing and traditional wellbeing rituals are available here.