Enigmatic and mythical, Bhutan’s magnificent mountain scenery and architecture are paired with a colourful culture and strong Buddhist religion. Situated on the banks of the Mo Chu River in the Punakha Valley, this is andBeyond’s first Asia opening.
- Set in the Punakha Valley and situated on the banks of the Mo Chu River
- Features six tented suites, a one-bedroom suite, and a two-bedroom suite
- Indulge in some yoga and meditation or a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath
- Active adventures: biking, rafting, kayaking, or archery, as well as a wide range of hikes
- Local experiences: hike to Khamsum Yuelley, visit the Punakha Dzong or explore the nunnery
Comprised of six tented suites, as well as a two-bedroom and a one-bedroom villa, this serene Himalayan retreat promises a stay that will connect you to your surroundings. Drawing inspiration from its location, the lodge marries traditional Bhutanese style with a modern twist. Expect to see the national flower – the blue poppy – woven throughout the interiors while handwoven Bhutanese products add interest. Whether you’re an intrepid outdoor enthusiast or are looking to be pampered, Punakha River Lodge caters to all guests.
The safari-style tented suites are suspended from a traditional Bhutanese timber structure, cleverly positioned to ensure the utmost privacy while boasting an ensuite, an indoor and outdoor shower, a star bath, and a private veranda. For couples, the two-storey River House is set along a peaceful stream and has a spacious lounge and dining area downstairs with a lavish bedroom and open ensuite bathroom upstairs. If that’s not enough, a private plunge pool and outdoor veranda complete the space.
For families, look no further than the Family Suite with its two interconnected ensuite rooms. There’s a spacious lounge area, personalised bar, outdoor veranda and private swimming pool. Balancing the need for seclusion but also close proximity to the lodge’s facilities, it’s ideally positioned with a view of the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten amidst paddy fields.
Enjoy sundowners and meals in a variety of incredible al fresco locations, from the outdoor lodge deck, amongst the lush paddy fields, overlooking the river, or in the privacy of your suite. The food is all seasonal, taking inspiration from local cuisine. Sourced from the extensive on-site vegetable garden, enjoy outstanding cuisine or a traditional Bhutanese cooking class in the outdoor interactive kitchen.
For some well-deserved pampering, look no further than the tranquil spa positioned in the orange orchid with views of snow-capped peaks. Opt for a signature Bhutanese treatment using 100% natural products, a balancing yoga session, or a not-to-be-missed, hot stone bath. On warm days, take to the swimming pool which boasts river and mountain views.
Why we love it
With over 50 acres to explore, this is the ideal base for intrepid explorers. There’s an excellent array of activities here, from archery and river rafting to kayaking, mountain biking and of course Himalayan hikes.
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