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HERO-Punakha Amankora Infinity Pool Landcsape

LOCATION

Set in a pine-forested valley in Gangtey, Bhutan, you arrive at Amankora across a suspension bridge fluttering with prayer flags, the aquamarine Mo Chu River flowing beneath you.

This sets the tone for your stay in this former Bhutanese farmhouse. Eight minimalist suites offer traditional bukhari wood-burning stoves, king-sized beds, and en-suites with feature bathtubs. Out of the windows are views of orange tree orchards, rice terraces, and a striking 17th-century monastery on a hilltop.

WHY THIS HOTEL IS UNIQUE?

It’s set up for you to immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture. You’ll find the country expressed throughout the resort, such as in the spa, where the treatments are based on the traditions of the local form of Buddhism.

Of course, you’ll also taste Bhutan in the meals served on the outdoor terrace, where you can try staples like ‘lean yak’ while looking out on the gorgeous valley views.

Ultimately, the more affecting experiences will take place beyond the resort’s grounds. The hotel’s guides can arrange ‘cultural safaris’ to fortress monasteries and local schools. While making your way through the pine-scented trails, keep an eye out for the rare black crane that calls this place home.