Situated above the rapidly grown town of Thimpu. Amankora is a place of great tranquility. the lodge manager Bhanu and his team do a fabulous job of looking after our needs and making our stay memorable. The rooms are very cozy, the food is excellent and the attention to detail is impressive.
Amankora Thimphu Resort
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.
The Amankora Lodge in Thimphu is perhaps the best accommodation address in the city offering ultimately luxury in a Bhutanese twist. The lodge is set amidst secluded pristine pine forest and natural splendor cut off from the hustle and bustle of Thimphu. The exterior of the hotel built with inspiration from Dzongs exude a feel of traditional Bhutanese architecture with its design and signature earth rammed walls, high stone whitewashed buildings and courtyards. The service is impeccable and the city center is an easy a 10 minute drive. Major highlights of the city such as Memorial Chorten, Indigenous hospital, Dzongs, and textile museum are also at close proximity.
- ➡ 16 Suite Lodge
- ➡ Deluxe room amenities
- Fitness & recreation
➡ - Massages
➡ - Sauna
➡ - Fitness centre
- On-site facilities
➡ - Facilities for disabled guests
➡ - Family room
➡ - Elevator
➡ - Smoking area
➡ - Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
- Eating & Drinking
➡ - Bar
➡ - Coffee Shop
➡ - Restaurant
– Wonderful Lodge
Amankora Thimphu was the last of the 5 Aman lodges we stayed at in Bhutan. We stayed 3 nights in Paro, then flew to Bumthang where we stayed 2 nights each in Bumthang, Gangtey, Punakha. Finally, on advice of others we spent one night in Thimphu before departing from Paro Airport (Paro is only about an hour away from Thimphu.)
We were not awestruck by the Thimphu property. Perhaps it was due to fatigue; it may have had to do with the rooms being almost identical in all of the lodges - a sense of deja vu had set in by the time we arrived.
Although Thimphu is not the largest property (it has 16 rooms, just like Bumthang, whereas Paro has 24), but it felt like it. The dining room was comparatively massive, likely due to the high number of locals that stop in for lunch or dinner. The reception area was also much larger. Overall, it felt more like a corporate-run hotel than a charming small lodge. In addition, while staff were efficient and attentive, we didn't get the same sense of warmth in the service that we did in the other properties. Being located in the largest city in Bhutan may have had something to do with it.
Activities on offer were not as compelling as the others - again, we had experienced so much already so that may have had something to do with it. Rather than visiting the giant Buddha statue on the side of the hill, we elected to explore the city center on foot (great for people watching) and visit the Motithang Takin Preserve (Takin is Bhutan's animal, and is a really strange looking yet adorable beast.)
Amankora Thimphu is a solid luxury choice, and Given the atmosphere, activities and warm service that the other Amankora lodges offer, I felt that we made the right call in spending no more than one night in Thimphu. Unless you're spending, say, 2 weeks in the country, you're best served by passing the time in the other locations in the Amankora portfolio (especially Paro and Gangtey.)
– The finale to our Amankora Journey
All I can say is WOW. Aman has definitely set the bar high. And what sets them apart is their level of service. They get the little things right -- remember your name, remember that you like oil vs. butter with your bread, had a back problem and put hot water bottles in the bed every night. And I could go on. Also the property & food are special as well:
Room: very big and well laid out.
Property: fits right into the surroundings. My only complaint was that it didn't have much of a view.
Food: delicious. Must try the eggplant salad, a favorite on the trip.
We stayed in 2 of the Aman properties (other was Phunaka) whilst in Bhutan. Whilst we liked Phunaka better because of the magical location of the property, I would still highly, highly recommend Amankora Thimphu as a great way to kick off your trip in Bhutan.
– Great way to start our Bhutan trip
The hotel has an exceptional view and is near the palace little away from city centre. The have around 20 rooms. Saw the room and each have nice view. Had thai lunch was exceptional thanks to Chef Peter who is from usa. Thai food especially phat thai was really nice. We had a great time reading the various books they had. The service was exceptional and there is cover charge of the 40 usd. Worth visiting for lunch if you are not staying. Service is out of world. Even the shop has some exceptional items though little expensive but worth a buy. We bought a statue of Buddha make of 60 percent silver - never seen such a nice piece in whole of Bhutan.
– Didn't stay but it was worth to go have lunch at Amankora
My wife and I just returned from our inspiring 8-day journey with Amankora through Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakkha and Paro. The natural beauty, Buddhist culture and warm, gracious Bhutanese people moved us, but the team at Amankora made us feel at home in each location. We were sad to leave!!
First, as we entered our wood styled, Zen room in each location we felt like we were returning to a welcome, familiar apartment because the rooms are the same at each Amankora hotel---despite the very different external appearances and settings.
The care and personal attention of the staff throughout were outstanding. For example, my wife had "Delhi belly" early in our trip---and they flocked to help, offering medicine, electrolytes, and the spa head even handed over her own stash of probiotics. As another vignette, one day I asked for olive oil instead of butter for my bread---and then at every meal in each Amankora after that they brought olive oil to the table automatically.
Amankora arranged for our guide and driver throughout our journey, and they were great! Our guide's English was outstanding, his knowledge of history, economics and religion kept flowing through our 8-day journey. And in keeping with the Bhutanese we met throughout, he was warm, gracious and open---sharing his own personal story and opinions freely when asked.
We had been worried about the food in Bhutan, but not with Aman! We had a steady selection of Bhutanese food, but when that become repetitive, we always had scrumptious Western and Thai/Indian alternatives to chose from---so we savoured yak to scallops, chilli-cheese to pad thai. Yum.
And their "extras" are well worth it! We enjoyed a hot-stone bath in a farm field prepared by the farmer, a romantic dinner for two in a candle-studded potato shed as somebody played music outside for us---and then the staff even came in to dance and show us a few steps! The spa massages were awesome, good and OK depending on the masseur/masseuse, but I thoroughly enjoyed my morning yoga and contemplative meditation with Kara.
And one final huge bright spot for Amankora: the other guests! In our journey, we met three wonderful couples at different parts of our stay with fascinating, well-travelled backgrounds---from Argentina, US, Singapore and Australia. Maybe it's the environment, but rarely does one have the opportunity to relax and chat so openly and warmly with fellow-travellers, luxuriating after a meal or on the patio.
The only warning to travellers through Bhutan: the roads east of Thimpu are terrible. The government is widening the east-west road, but they have demolished it the whole way and now are repaving it---so prepare for hours of potholes and swerves as you navigate between locations. Some people have given up once they reached the eastern-most point and paid the very high price to helicopter back. Of course, this also helps keep the spots remote and quiet, as in a couple of years travel between the lodges will be much faster and easier.
I am still wearing the string blessing the monk tied on me when we left Amankora Thimpu---I hope it lasts for a while as a visible reminder for me to relish our journey in Bhutan with the Amankora family. Thank you!!
– Feel at Home in Bhutan with Amankora