Amankora Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan

Amankora Thimphu

Thimphu, Bhutan

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Amankora Thimphu

The Amankora Thimphu luxury lodge incorporates tall, white-washed stone buildings accessed through an enclosed entrance court. The living and dining room features soaring ceilings and an outdoor dining deck with views of the nearby stream and surrounding forest. The spacious library with its seating, writing and lounging areas, houses a collection of books on Bhutan and the surrounding Himalayan regions. The library can also be converted into a private meeting and conference room, featuring the latest audio visual amenities.

Two dwellings house a total of 16 suites featuring a combined living and bedroom that includes a king-size bed, two reading chairs and a window banquette providing views across a landscaped courtyard or directly onto the nearby stream and pine forest. Room interiors feature wood panel and chocolate brown walls. The traditional bukhari is positioned between the bedroom and the bathroom with a shower, toilet and twin vanities. The suites are individually heated during cold winter months.

The Spa includes three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas

The Boutique specializes in a fine collection of Bhutanese textiles, Himalayan art and jewellery.

A two-hour drive from Paro, Thimphu lies in a steep valley at an altitude of 2,350m, surrounded by richly forested mountains dotted with ancient monasteries and lhakhangs (temples). The town is built up from the Thimphu Chhu (river) and is centred by the quaint Clock Tower and its surrounding lanes of shops, vegetable and meat markets, and assorted local restaurants. As Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu is home to many attractions and  activities, including the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and the bustling Changlingmethang Market. It also houses the seat of government and the office of His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in the majestic Tashichoe Dzong.

Nearby, one can visit Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic astrologer training school. At the head of the valley, a walk across one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges leads to Cheri Goemba where the Kingdom’s first monk community was based. Thimphu’s main street provides an opportunity to shop for Himalayan jewellery and Bhutanese handicrafts and textiles.

A hike to Cheri Goemba, home to the Kingdom’s first monastic body, is recommended.

The Spa in Amankora Thimphu offers royal Bhutanese treatments using local herbs, given the close proximity of the Royal Palace.  As Thimphu is an active place and the site of much socialising, the focus of spa treatments is to provide a peaceful haven where addition of a little glamour through herbal applications leaves guests feeling pampered, beautiful and regal.