Amankora Thimphu

Paro, Bhutan

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Amankora Thimphu

A beautiful and luxurious property set in the pine forest above the rapidly growing town of Thimpu.

For those who believe in heaven on earth, need search no further. It comes in the form of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Living in heaven is probably close to staying in Amankora Thimphu, a 16-suite luxury complex set in a blue pine forest at the end of the Thimphu valley, deep in the Himalayas.

The Amankora lodge is located in the hills outside of town overlooking a stream and close to nature. It is like taking your luxuries in a rucksack into the forest or out into the wilderness. There is a feel of openness and the earthy touch with the wind and rain. Even when you are asleep in your room, the only thing that stands between you and nature are the large glass window panes.

We Love
  • The hotel has only 16 suites, hence it is never crowded and service is personalised.
  • Restaurant ingredients are organic and locally sourced and many members of staff are involved in local clean-up and conservation projects.
  • Peace and tranquillity is the idea here so there is no television or wi-fi to distract you.
  • The restaurant offers European and Asian cuisine. Bhutanese, Thai or Indian set menu rotating every day.
Need to Know
  • Taxes The Daily Government Royalty, FIT surcharges, Visa and Tourism Development Fund fees are included in price.
  • WiFi is free but the connection may not be reliable. Try after 5pm when the offices close and connectivity is better.
  • No pool but there is a spa with three treatment rooms, a steam room, changing areas and offers a number of holistic treatments.
  • Open bathrooms are romantic. Make sure you are sharing a room with someone you are comfortable with.

Look The lodge has a Dzong-like architecture and a feeling of calm and serenity descends as soon as you enter the Amankora. The reason lies in its design, inspired by the century old style and natural colours. The inside of the walls are wood panelled, the fabric is handmade and the wooden floors shine like a ship’s deck. What is modern is not ostentatious, but items of necessity to which the guests are accustomed.  

Stay My room is large with large glass windows opening to the panoramic views outside. Incidentally all rooms are similar. The bathroom is open plan separated from my bed by only a wooden stove that burns the pine wood thrown in. The room is hot and the glass panes misty as I soak myself in the bathtub with a glass of red. It’s heaven like, but then, I always believed that heaven is on earth.

I like the Amankora concept to stay small and luxurious. For those in business will know how hard it is to keep focus on a niche and still make money. But this is what Amankora is good at; creating lodges with small number of rooms but creatively unique and sympathetically balanced to their environment.

Dine Luxury comes in many forms and in Amankora it comes in the form of service. Everything from laundry to beverages is included. You eat what you like, not what is given to you. Every meal is tailored by the chef to your taste. There are about 6 staff to every guest. The driver, guide and car is included and first class. Your bed is made every time your leave the room, your shoes are cleaned every day and there are people to meet your need everywhere you go. This is Asian hospitality and Amankora has perfected it to ensure that when you stay there, you sincerely begin to believe that there is indeed a heaven on earth.

Relax 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. You are not only in close proximity of the Royal Palace but you also experience the royal Bhutanese treatments.

Getting There

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).

Amankora Thimphu Paro, Bhutan