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High up in the Himalayas: the Amankora lodge in Bhutan

By Adrian Prisca


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Located in the village of Balakha, Amankora is an exquisite resort high up in the Himalayas. The region of Paro, which hosts this resort, is renowned for its trekking paths, very popular among those who enjoy such adventures. It also peaceful and tranquil, which makes a quite sought after rejuvenation spot. As for the Balakha Village, it is just 20 minutes away from Paro Airport, but guests won’t have to worry about anything regarding transfers, as they are included in the lodging cost.

Part of Amanresorts, Amankora reigns above the Kingdom of Bhutan. Welcoming guests with delicious gourmet local cuisine and rejuvenating spa treatments, the resort is elegant, rustic and modern at the same time. Apart from its uniquely exquisite location, within a forested valley, under stalwart, snow-covered peaks, Amankora puts at guests’ disposal a yoga studio and an extraordinary spa.

Accommodation wise, Amankora boasts 24 suites, which is not that much in today’s standards. But once you arrive, you can clearly see why the administration has chosen to keep it rather small – the main point here is privacy, an unrivalled sense of tranquility. Mind you, there’s still place to socialize with other people as well, on the outdoor veranda, around a night fire. As for the meals, they are not only delicious, but exquisite. One may opt for either western cuisine or exotic dishes, based on Bhutanese or Indian cultures.

Now, the suites – they represent a cool combination between the local traditions and modern amenities, with sloping roofs, wood paneling and rammed-earth walls. Add a wood-burning stove to all these and you’ll be getting quite a fine picture. And, above all, the views from each of the suites are breathtakingly staggering. Nightly rates start at $1,300.

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About Adrian Prisca

Founder of Luxatic and countless other projects, Adrian has shaped this website into a go-to source for discerning readers looking for the latest in luxury products and experiences. He has over 15 years of experience in creating, managing and publishing lifestyle content across numerous platforms and he’s considered a leading voice in the luxury industry. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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