Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has begun taking reservations for stays at its new collection of properties in Bhutan. The portfolio consists of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment and experiences.
Six Senses Thimphu places a 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.
Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha, takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amid Rice Fields.
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 is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its principal bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where the 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, its connection to trees and gardens leading to it being fondly referred to as Forest in a Forest.
The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to ancient stone ruins of a dzong, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.
The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in November 2018 with bookings now being accepted for stays starting from 3 November 2018. Gangtey and Bumthang resorts will open in early 2019.
As a special opening offer, guests who stay between 3 November 2018 and 28 February 2019 will also enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner (restaurant dining or picnic), with rates starting at USD$1,500 per night. Those staying for five consecutive nights at one or more properties in Bhutan will also enjoy access to the resort’s car and driver, plus a VIP host for the duration of their stay.
General Manager Mark Swinton said, “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.
Six Senses 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; tree-house 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,” said Mark Swinton.
Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Centre with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies 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 wellbeing is emphasised with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness in Punakha to start with, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.