Six Senses Bhutan is opening its fourth lodge, Six Senses Gangtey, following the successful launch of three lodges in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha earlier this year. The October opening has been carefully planned to coincide with the arrival of the black-necked cranes from Tibet, a good omen for the lodge, which is aptly named the ‘Traditional Bird Watching Bridge’.
This prime perch sits at an elevation of 3,000 metres and offers unobstructed, 180-degree views of the cranes’ nesting grounds and valley below. Characterised by rolling hills, pine forests and grassy marshlands dotted with rural villages, the glacial Phobjikha valley is a designated conservation area.
The design is inspired by Bhutanese farmhouse architecture and uses traditional building techniques to blend with its natural setting. There are eight suites, each with a valley-facing, private outdoor balcony equipped with daybeds as well as binoculars for bird watching. Interiors are subtle with a natural palette of earth tones and warm fabrics, while comfy leather armchairs and footstools invite guests to unwind after days spent trekking and exploring.
In keeping with the brand’s focus on wellness, Six Senses Gangtey boasts a dedicated spa featuring two swedana rooms designed specifically for herb-infused steam therapies.
The picturesque 17th-century Gangtey Goempa is a centre for Buddhist learning and meditation and the site of the colourful Black-Necked Crane Festival each November. There are also numerous nature treks and mountain bike trails winding through pine groves, alongside bubbling trout-filled streams and through fields lined with prayer flags.
Guests may decide to stay at Six Senses Gangtey for their entire visit but those curious about everything that Bhutan has to offer can plan a tailor-made circuit of all four lodges.
Six Senses Bhutan anticipates the opening of its fifth lodge in Bumthang in March 2020.