Six Senses is to expand its impressive portfolio
of luxury resorts to Bhutan with five boutique lodges set in
the western and central valleys of the Kingdom.
The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open
in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays
starting from 3 November 2018, while the Gangtey and Bumthang
resorts are scheduled to open in early 2019.
Beginning with the capital, Six Senses Thimphu
places strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand
architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds thereby
lending the name of Palace in the Sky to the largest in the
The second is Six Senses Punakha (pictured), located in the
relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration
from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the
traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan.
Moving further towards
central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous
for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley
is home to Six Senses Gangtey which has a principal bridge-like
building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where
these sacred birds roam freely.
Traveling further east,
but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s
spiritual center with its stunning landscape and beautiful
monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine
The fifth resort in the
collection is Six Senses Paro. The lodge is located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to an ancient stone ruins of
“There is so much
to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural,
natural and spiritual beauty making a compelling choice. With the
nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom
has protected its identity while progressing with the world.
Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the
protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares
these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,”
said General Manager, Mark Swinton. “Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan.
The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our
GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) who act as guides and assist guests
in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true
Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the
reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the
valley; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in
local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are
just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”
Each location will have its own Spa &
Wellness Center with extensive facilities and treatments
reflecting the valley in which they are set.
Therapies will range from
hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang to a pyramid meditation
room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated
outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the
ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasized with programs
that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness in Punakha to start
with, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.
Getting to Bhutan
Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.
International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New
Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati
and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang.
Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private
jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.