Bhutan family holidays

For those with wanderlust in their genes, who are eager to step beyond the ordinary, a family holiday in Bhutan combines one-off adventures with space to unwind.

Whether you’re craving holistic nurturing in nature, or off-the-trail explorations, this has to be the ultimate place to get both. Trek over stunning, forest-covered hills, try your hand at traditional archery, and focus on spending time together without the screens.

Remaining firmly off the radar for most mainstream travel, Bhutan is perfect for a family-focused retreat, with just the right balance of action and relaxation to keep everyone happy.

Highlights of a family holiday in Bhutan

  • Watch flocks of beautiful Black-necked Cranes landing in the Phobjikha Valley during winter.

  • Get caught up in the colour and energy of Bhutan’s numerous regional festivals.

  • Pull back your bow and let your arrows fly at events celebrating the national sport of archery.

  • Challenge your teens to tackle the famous trek to the Tiger’s Nest.

  • Step away from the usual 24/7 screen culture to find peaceful moments on remote hillsides.

With a UK based team of Destination Specialists with offices and partners across Asia, ensuring we focus on staying really local in our approach.  Our specialists have travelled extensively in Bhutan and throughout Asia, many having also lived in the region.

Along with enjoying great travels, the team regularly inspect the best hotels, seek out new activities and design new routes – for inspiration we’d suggest taking a look through some of their Favourite Journeys. The weather during any of the kids' holidays is always an important consideration and we have that covered with our best time to visit Bhutan section.

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A few of our favourite family-friendly hotels in Bhutan

Bhutan with kids: what to expect?

At the core of every family holiday in Bhutan is serenity and space, surrounded by the sort of unspoiled wilderness you rarely see. There are plenty of pampering opportunities for grown-ups and older teenagers, matched with story-book style adventures to engage the young and young-at-heart!

It takes a little more planning to visit than some destinations, but it’s 100% worth every effort. You’ll have room to breathe deeply, reconnect with each other and reset from the urban rush. It’s also the ideal place to show climate-crisis-aware kids some positive ecological policy in action, as Bhutan is the only carbon negative country in the world.

Biking is a popular Bhutanese pastime, and it’s easy to hire mountain bikes and head off. Explore gentle trails around Bumthang, Paro and Thimphu for birdwatching encounters, or opt for longer routes and discover the forest’s hidden gems.

Take intrepid teenagers out of their comfort zones with a challenging, but rewarding, 6-hour trek to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest. Turn up the adventure even further by camping overnight above the monastery, and head down at first light to see the beauty of the place before anyone else.

For more man-made marvels, check out the famously impressive Punakha Dzong, or the striking, 51-metre tall statue of Buddha Dordenma in the hills outside Thimphu. Find cultural inspiration at the Institute for Zorig Chusum, where you can watch students demonstrate 13 traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, including painting, wood carving, tailoring, and statue making. 

If you’re keen to have a more hands-on experience, get involved in preparing a traditional meal under the guidance of a local farming family near Paro, or indulge your offspring’s inner Robin Hoods as you try out traditional archery.

Bhutan is a truly unique destination and a proper escape for families who need to take some dedicated time out.

To find out more about where to go in Bhutan with kids, head to our Bhutan Travel Guide Section.

Responsible Travel in Bhutan

Bhutan is the only country in the world to be carbon negative, absorbing three times the carbon it produces. Its focus on low number of visitors helps the tourism industry keep to good sustainable practices, thus protecting its environment and communities. 

Bhutan's hotels all have an impeccable record when it comes to sustainability. From the luxurious Amankora and culturally immersive Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary to modest home stays by using local materials for their buildings, sourcing local ingredients for its dishes or using little to no plastic.

Find out more about Selective Asia's Responsible Travel policy and our innovative One Bottle at a Time initiative.

Our Bhutan Specialists' top tips for families

With quite a few parents among our well-travelled Destination Specialists, we know how important it is to get the finer details sorted before travelling with kids, and we always go the extra mile to make sure they are. We want everyone to enjoy each moment without sweating the small stuff.

If you have any questions, or want to have a chat about planning your family holiday to Bhutan, we'd love to have a chat. In the meantime, here are a few FAQs to help you get started… 

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