The Punakha Valley is beautiful. If you're looking for a quiet hotel off the beaten path, the Aman Punakha is the place to stay. It's a 20+ minute drive from Punakha on a small bumpy road and you must then cross a suspension bridge by foot. The hotel provides electric cart service from the bridge up the hill to the hotel (there are no cars on the hotel side of the suspension bridge). The office and restaurant are in an old farmhouse and the rooms are in three adjacent buildings. There is also a spa in a separate building. The hotel is extremely quiet and peaceful with understated but very comfortable rooms. Service is impeccable and our meals in the restaurant (full board) were superb. The restaurant, however, has "family" style dining, i.e., there are two long tables were all guests sit. The hotel was not fully booked while we were there, so we did have a table to ourselves (which is our preference). You can also eat on the terrace outside the main part of the hotel - which has beautiful views. Overall, we had an excellent stay at the hotel.
Amankora Punakha Resort
Some Key Facts:
- Amankora Punakha, accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the lodge is centred by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Kempo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). This quaint, three-storey structure with its preserved vegetable dye wall paintings is now a reception area with a Dining Room, traditional Altar Room, a courtyard for alfresco dining and a tea pavilion.
- Just beyond is the Spa with two treatment rooms, a steam room, changing areas and a yoga/meditation room.
- Eight suites, located in three rammed-earth dwellings, are situated in an orange orchard with views across the rice fields and up the Punakha Valley. The suites are identical to the design of the suites at Amankora Paro and feature wood-panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanities and daybed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.
The Amankora Lodge in Punakha is a cozy place set amongst rice paddies. It used to be a farmhouse, which belonged to the former chief abbot of Bhutan prior to being converted to a world class resort. The resort remains secluded in tranquility and enjoys an amazing view of Punakha valley and surrounding Himalayan vistas. The lodge still retains the traditional charm of the old farmhouse, with the reception area being a part of it with its vegetable dyed traditional wall paintings. A unique swinging bridge covered in payer flag is the only way to access the lodge. Indeed a perfect choice of accommodation in Punakha.
The highlight of the lodge is perhaps the courtyard and its views of the valley and orchards were meals are served as well. The hotel also features a spa with mediation room, business center, multi cuisine restaurant, tour desk, laundry, tea pavilion. The lodge also maintains the old farmhouse to add the royal charm to the area.
- ➡ 08 Luxury Suites
- ➡ First class room amenities
- Things to do, ways to relax
➡ - Yoga
➡ - Bushwalking/Hiking/Trekking
➡ - Massage(s)
➡ - Cultural Arts and Craft Interactive activity
➡ - Cultural Entertainment
➡ - Jogging/Walking
- Dining, drinking, and snacking
➡ - Bar
➡ - Restaurant
➡ - Coffee Shop
- Services and Conveniences
➡ - Luggage storage
➡ - Laundry service
➡ - Currency exchange
➡ - Smoking area
- For the kids
➡ - Family room
➡ - Security [24-hour]
➡ - Front desk [24-hour]
– “Very small, intimate hotel (eight rooms) in a relatively isolated location with beautiful views of the Punakha Valley”
Punakha is our second Amankora lodge, as you probably realize if you have been checking out the Amankora reviews that their rooms are very similar. All have very high celling ,and low light at night. They have to conserve their electricity. Anyway you look at it, it is still one of the cleanest, and best service hotel.
If you need a good massage, make sure to try to book their spa supervisor Kelzang. He is the best. His hot stone massage is great for the tired muscles that no one can get to. You will feel like a new person afterward.
If you would like to try their BBQ by the river, my advise is do it in the afternoon, but not at night. The food was amazing, but we did it at night, November nights are just too cold for that, food gets cold so fast, plus it is too dark to see anything.
Also make sure you take one of their Bhutanese cooking class. I learn to make momo (dumplings) and 3 kind of chilli sauce. Now I can make that back home with ease.
I really enjoy the way Amankora arrange our trip, the choices that is available to us to choose. One word of advise, Bhutanese people are too polite to say no, so the choice are all yours.
I hope my choices help someone in the future.
– “I am loving it”
The attentiveness of the staff and the great food and evening entertainment was a high point of our stay in Bhutan. Both the lodge managers went out of their way to take care of all our needs and the chef took care to meet our dietary preferences. And the location is great. The only thing to be aware is that they are constructing a new building though the construction is very unobstrusive.
– “Awesome location, great food and thoughtful service”
The site in the nature is amazing, giving a peaceful sensation helped by the design of the hotel and of the room. Nothing to say about the service, one of the best experience we had in Bhutan so far. Same for the food.
– “Best place”
We stayed in 2 Aman properties (other what Thimphu) whilst in Bhutan and this was our favorite! Reason being is the magical location of this property. You get dropped off at a bridge and a buggy takes you thru the forest to the farmhouse. What an entrance!! And then when you get there you are perched on top of a hill for an amazing view of the valley. And the best part is you can eat all your meals out there! Oh and the food was AMAZING at this location as well. You have your western menu, but also the local Butanesee fair as well. And the chef was fantastic -- he came out overnight to see how we were doing and gave us tips on how to make the famous chili & cheese.
If you only stay at one Aman property -- pick this one. You won't regret.
– “Best Aman property”