Bhutan’s selection of Six Senses resorts are of an exceptionally high quality that both connects you to the country’s sweeping scenery and envelops you with a feeling of being nurtured. A stay at any of them is guaranteed to leave you feeling utterly relaxed.
Wood and soft stone mirror the landscape which floods in through the wide expanses of glass. Welcoming armchairs by cosy fires stave off the evening chill. This kind of luxury is about quality, not flashy looks. The rippling surfaces of heated infinity pools melt into the horizon. Traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths invite you to soak away any trekking-induced aches. Day beds on secluded balconies offer somewhere to sit in peace, breathing in the crisp, clear air.
And the spas? These are inner sanctums where you can switch off, fully unwind and release any remaining tension. The five lodges across Bhutan really are some of the Six Senses’ very best. Each one is designed to induce a sense of being wholly cared for, putting Bhutan’s varied terrain centre stage whilst still offering world-class comfort.
Bhutan has five Six Senses resorts, each one in a superlative rural location that makes the most of the country’s extraordinary landscape. Choose from resorts in and around Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Bumthang and Gangtey.
Hot stone baths and spa facilities
Staying at the Six Senses really showed us Bhutan at its best. We could enjoy some of the best hiking in the country, and come back to unfussy luxury. Outstanding.
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On a hillside high above the gently bustling streets of Bhutan’s remote capital, Six Senses Thimphu seems to float amid the clouds reflected in the shimmering surface of the surrounding pools. This Alpine-esque lodge feels instantly welcoming and calming, thanks to the simple lines, warm woods and natural materials. Get hands-on with eco-sustainability at the Earth Lab, pick apples and walnuts in the orchard (in the right season), and focus body and mind with a yoga session or sublime massage.
Known as Stone Ruins thanks to its walls of soft, grey stone which mimics the natural rock formations of the surrounding hills, Six Senses Paro is in one of the most picturesque locations in Bhutan. A stay here is all about combining classic Six Senses understated luxury with time in nature. Unwind at the spa or with a grounding guided meditation, before heading off on a gentle walk through the conifer forests. In the right season you can go mushroom foraging with an expert guide or plant seeds at the organic farm, and the truly adventurous can take on the trek to the region’s most iconic landmark: the Tiger’s Nest.
Even in a country where the scenery can legitimately be described as epic almost everywhere, the Punakha Valley is a jaw-dropper. Set on a ridge above this warm, sheltered valley, the farmhouse-styled Six Senses lodge overlooks neat rice terraces and rolling hillsides. The secluded suites make the most of the extraordinary location with entirely glass frontages which slide back to reveal wide balconies where you can sit and admire the views. Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, go birdwatching in the verdant valley, and perhaps even try your hand at making home-brewed alcoholic Ara.
Six Senses Bumthang is perhaps the cosiest of the group. Nestling deep within the trees, with wood covering almost every surface, the lodge has a treehouse feel which perfectly fits with the region’s captivating tranquility. Spend your days visiting some of the country’s oldest temples in the ‘cradle of Bhutanese Buddhism’, and perhaps even go on horseback to the Kencho Sum Lhakhang monastery. Return to your welcoming lodge within the forest for an afternoon of tree bathing, snuggling down in the library, or unwinding with a hot stone bath or a treatment at the spa.
In an idyllic position overlooking the Phobjikha Valley, in the right season you can watch the legendary flocks of Black Necked Cranes swoop down into the valley on their migratory journey. The Six Senses Gangtey is the perfect base for a few days of contemplation and reflection. Join the monks for meditation at the Gangtey Goemba, unwind with an Alpinesque steam bath with stunning valley views, and join your fellow guests around the fire pit for a cosy evening after a hearty day’s trekking.
Hike and bike through forested hillsides to remote monasteries and sweeping valleys, hunker down in classic lodge luxury to enjoy spa treatments and cosy fires, and discover the heart of this fascinating kingdom. Apart from enjoying the various delights of each of the Six Senses lodges throughout Bhutan’s distinctive regions, you can also combine them into a journey which takes you seamlessly from one serene lodge to the next in ultimate Six Senses style.
Sustainability is at the heart of the Six Senses Bhutan ethos. From the careful management and recycling of waste, water and energy, to respecting and leaving a light touch on the landscape, to ensuring each lodge engages and supports the local community, the resorts are strongly committed to the essence of what’s made Bhutan the world’s first carbon negative country.
Find peaceful moments in monasteries and temples, and experience Paro’s distinctive, small-town feel. Wander through Bumthang’s green fields and Phobjikha valleys where the Black Necked Cranes land.