Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa, Paro Valley
The Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa is located in the lovely village of Ngoba, just five miles from the town of Paro—a peaceful, rural community full of crop fields and orchards. The hotel is eco-friendly, run as a community-based project and made from locally sourced materials and furnishings. You can stay in the lodge or book a private cottage, and all rooms come with sweeping views of Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's third-highest peak. Check out the delicious, highly-rated Olive Restaurant and Chabchu bar, both located on the property.
Nemjo Heritage Lodge, Paro Valley
Nemjo Heritage Lodge is a restored farmhouse on the banks of the Paro River. There are hiking trails nearby, so you can wander your way through orchards, farmlands, forested hills, and to ancient Lhakhangs (chapels). Each room has traditional, stone-heated baths. The highlight is the penthouse suite, which spans the entire top floor and has spectacular views over the Paro Valley. Larger groups can book the entire house for private retreats.
Lechuna Heritage Lodge, Haa Valley
The Lechuna Heritage Lodge is located in Bhutan's smallest district, Haa, a remote and thickly forested valley with a population of just 20,000. The lodge is beautifully restored and surrounded by farmland. You can lounge on the lawn or explore nearby hiking and biking trails. If you're looking for a traditional stay in a rural location, this is a great option. Be sure to check out the intricate decorations on the window-frames.
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Ramada Valley, Thimphu
The Ramada Valley Thimphu is located on the banks of the Wang Chuu River, a serene mountain stream with opportunities for kayaking. The rooms are tastefully designed, featuring natural wood, polished stone bathrooms, and locally-inspired artwork and rugs. The Ramada Valley Thimphu is especially suited for families, as they offer family suites with their own kitchenettes. There is also a fitness center and sauna on the premises.
Gangtey Palace Hotel, Paro
True to the name, the Gangtey Palace Hotel is actually a 19th-century palace. It was designed by Zow Gendey, a leading architect, and had a lot of influence on Bhutanese architecture. Converted into a hotel in 1994, the palace has kept a sense of Bhutanese history. Most of the building's original features have been retained, such as the Buddhist altar room and traditional courtyard. Perched high above Paro Valley, the hotel also offers spectacular views.
Hotel Druk, Thimphu
Hotel Druk Thimphu is located right in the center of Bhutan's capital city. It has an attractive interior, with each floor of the hotel decorated according to a different element: earth, air, fire or water. The sleek bathrooms boast free-standing bathtubs, while the bright, decorative rugs exemplify Bhutan's nickname: Land of the Thunder Dragon. There is an on-site spa, along with one of the most atmospheric bars in Thimphu: the cool, dimly-lit Hi Jinks.
Bhutan Suites, Thimphu
Bhutan Suites is situated just on the edge of Thimphu. The hotel is conveniently close to the city, but far enough that it still feels like you're on a retreat. The walls are decorated with colorful, traditional-style paintings. Rooms come with individual balconies offering views of the surrounding valley. Nearby is the oldest temple in Thimphu, the 12th-century Changangkha Lhakhang.