Set amidst greens outside Paro is this beautiful resort...very clean, very quite, very pristine. The lunch at their restaurant shall be remembered for many years. Outstanding service too. A must visit for all, but beware of the expense.
Amankora Paro Lodge
Some Key Facts:
- At an elevation of 2,250 metres, Paro Valley is the entry point for most journeys through the Kingdom.
- Lodge is surrounded by pine forests, the 24-Suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design.
- Guest Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, reading chair and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.
Aman Resorts has five lodges across the country positioned in the best locations in Bhutan and can offer journeys. Amankora, as the Bhutan lodges of the famed and uber-luxury chain are called, are located in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Gangtey and Bhumthang and with the company’s history in the country spanning over 15 years, you are sure to get the best connections and insights into Bhutanese life and traditions.
The lodges are decorated with light wood in warm hay and earthy colours, large windows with beautiful views, fire places and white linen. From the outside, the buildings blend in with the environment and follow Bhutanese architecture with white washed irregular facades and traditional carved wooden roofs. All with the exception of the lodge, are new buildings, specifically designed by the brand to provide the hideout feel one has come to expect from Aman.
- ➡ 24 Rooms & Suites
- Leisure & recreation
➡ - Bar
➡ - Business centre
➡ - Spa and fitness service
- On-site facilities
➡ - Gift/souvenir shop
➡ - Fireplace
➡ - Facilities for disabled guests
➡ - Family room
➡ - Garden
➡ - Library
➡ - Smoking area
➡ - Shared lounge/TV area
- Eating & Drinking
➡ - Restaurant
- Cleaning services
➡ - Daily housekeeping
➡ - Laundry service
➡ - Dry cleaning
- Guest services
➡ - Postal service
➡ - Ticket service
➡ - Check-in/check-out [express]
➡ - Luggage storage
➡ - Babysitting service
➡ - Newspapers
➡ - Concierge
– “Amazing resort”
Bhutan is an amazing and enlightening country. Pictures cannot do justice to the peacefulness the surrounding offer, the sound, the smell and the smiling faces.
Our trip was 100% planned by our travel agent with Amankora group. Paro is our first stop.
We were greeted by our guide Pema and his two teammates at the airport, they will travel with us for the whole trip going to lodge to lodge.
The lodge is hidden from the road , a few step and a beautiful walk through a pine needles cover path will lead you to the lodge. It is like walking in a dream.
It is just so peaceful, and the air so sweet. It just helps you reach a different level in your mind.
Lodge has everything you need, not like any big city 5 star hotel. It just blends into the environment, and be part of this beautiful dream.
Just remember Bhutan is 2000 something over sea level, you might find yourself catching your breath with a little workout. You need to get use to the altitude.
Amankora Paro staff and our three man guide team lead by Pema , their care and service just put the whole experience a notch up.
The tiger's nest climb and the farm house lunch is great.
Just remember to book their signature massage after the climb.
The setting, the room, the food and most importantly the staff are all outstanding. All the little touches made this a memorable experience and one that only a few hotels in the world manage. The best part is how attentive the team at Aman Kora is to every part of your stay.
– “Attention to detail like you've never experienced”
First, this review is for all the lodges of Amankora, not just Paro.
We traveled with Amankora in early October 2016. This was our third trip to Bhutan with Aman. It was yet another wonderful journey. Each lodge's staff treated us well, catering to our wishes and accommodating our requests. Our Guide, Penjor, was very knowledgeable and most helpful. He gave us more information on Tantric Buddhism than we'd received on our previous two visits. We went to some craft shops that he knew of, and made arrangements for shipping larger items back to the US.
A highlight for us was meeting our driver, Sonam, from our first two visits. We'd hear from other guests about this driver who had won the Tour of the Dragon bicycle race 3 different times, but thought, nah, our Sonam wasn't into cycling. But we met him on the grounds of Punakha Dzong and sure enough, he was our Sonam. And, best of all, he was our driver again for our final 3 days.
The biggest downside was nothing Amankora had control over: the Government has decided to widen the east-west highway along it's entire length. The road is rough, almost impassable at times, and subject to rock and mud slides. The journey from Gangtey to Bumthang which took about 5 - 6 hrs previously is now an 11 - 12 hr trip. And we know travelers who didn't make it due to rock slides that closed the highway. Our scheduled flight from Bumthang to Paro was cancelled due to weather, but the Bumthang Lodge Manager was able to get us on a charter flight the next day, along with our guide.
Amankora does it right. The lodges are simple and evoke traditional Bhutanese architecture. The staff is almost 100% Bhutanese (we encountered only 2 chefs who were not nationals). The food is good, and sometimes great. Our spa treatments were also top notch. When we return (and we will return) we'll stay with Amankora.
– “Third Time at Amankora”
Unfortunately I didn't get to stay here this time as I was traveling with a photo group. But I made it a point to stop here for shopping and dinner. They have the best souvenir shop in Bhutan - high-end stuff but really unique and high quality. Dinner was the best meal I had in my 2 weeks in Bhutan. They have a choice between Indian set meal and various other western alternatives such as ribeye steak, seared scallops, grilled snow fish etc. Service, ambience and everything was great! Can't wait to come back for another visit.
– “The best of the best”