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Six Senses to open five boutique lodges in Bhutan


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Six Senses is to expand its impressive portfolio of luxury resorts to Bhutan with five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of the Kingdom.

The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in October with reservations now being accepted for stays starting from 3 November, while the Gangtey and Bumthang resorts are scheduled to open in early 2019.

Beginning with the Capital, Six Senses Thimphu places strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, thereby lending the name of Palace in the Sky to the largest in the collection.

The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan.

Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey, which has a principal bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.

Travelling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual centre with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest.

 The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. The lodge is located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and is next to the ancient stone ruins of a dzong. “There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural and spiritual beauty making it a compelling choice. With the Nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan, and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,” said General Manager Mark Swinton. “Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan. The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our GEMs (Guest Experience Makers), who act as guides and assist guests in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the valley, hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha, participating in local farm activities in Gangtey, treehouse dining at Bumthang, and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”

Each location will have its own spa and wellness centre, with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set.

 Therapies will range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasised with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness in Punakha to start with, Sleep with Six Senses and Eat with Six Senses.

Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro Airport, and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

 


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