This spectacular hotel is set in a beautiful forest setting, close to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro.
The Amankora Paro is one of five Aman properties in Bhutan that are built around the basic principles of a beautiful natural location, small number of rooms and exclusive service. The 20-room Paro lodge is located in the woods with majestic views of the 17th century Drugyel Dzong ruin and the Greater Himalaya that include 7,300m Chomolhari, Bhutan’s highest mountain.
Look The lodge’s Living Room is furnished with banquettes and lounging chairs. Adjacent is the Library and the Dining Room which opens on an external terrace overlooking a small stream. A track leads to a stone and timber terrace that contains a central fireplace surrounded by two lounging areas. I have dinner on the patio, then drink by the fire and finally sleep on a very comfortable bed.
Stay The rooms are spacious with warm woods, earth tone fabrics, large high ceilings and huge glass windows that allow awesome views of the scenery outside. The open bath has twin showers and sinks with luxurious tubs. There are six blocks with four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. All the suites are centrally heated along with wood burning stoves which provide a romantic ambiance.
Dine Dining in Aman resorts is on demand. In most cases you have a suggested menu but the chef discusses with you what you like and the cuisine is tailored to your liking. There are no fixed timing and you can eat when you like and where you like.
Explore The next morning we set off early to hike to the beautiful Taktsang Gompa or the Tiger’s Nest, the 17th century Monastery hangs from a sheer rock cliff that plunges 3,000 feet to the valley below. The present monastery has been re-built after the original that I visited in 1981 was burnt down. The 4-hour hike is challenging but there are horses on hand to ease the journey. The valley below is dominated by Paro Dzong, a prime example of Bhutanese architecture and the National Museum, which was once the watchtower of the valley.
Relax Tired and exhausted, we drive back at the lodge and I decide to pamper myself. The wood oven is lit and my Amankora suite is warm as I sink into the tub with a glass of wine. Everything is just perfect, except a lingering thought. Travelling to Bhutan is like taking two inter-linked journeys; the first is covering physical space in distance and time. The other journey is through metaphysical space and finding the solution lies in finding the balance between two or the middle way, the basis of Buddhist philosophy.
One More Thing Take a hot stone bath in a tub filled with local herbs, followed by traditional therapies and remedies to overcome the effects of jet-lag or ease muscles after a day’s expedition. Emphasising harmony with Bhutan’s pristine environment and serene natural setting, the Spa’s relaxation and sauna rooms feature local timbers and glass walls filtering the light of the surrounding blue pine forest.
Flights to Bhutan are either from Bangkok or New Delhi. You will need to buy a return ticket before you can apply for a visa. Bangkok is the best place to connect if you are coming from North America, Australia or Asia. Delhi is the best place to connect if you are coming from Europe, Middle East or UK. You can also fly to Bhutan from Kathmandu.
We will arrange your flight tickets and visa clearance details and forward them to the Druk office at which the flight originates. All flights arrive at Paro from where it takes about 1-hour drive to Thimphu. Transfers within Bhutan can be arranged by AwimAway with an English speaking guide. Our representative will meet you at the Paro airport and transfer you to the hotel (additional cost).