Six Senses Bumthang, the fifth and final lodge in the collection of Six Senses Bhutan properties in Gangtey, has begun welcoming guests. The property joins sister lodges in Thimpu, Punakha, Paro and Gangtey.
Dubbed the ‘Forest within a Forest’, Six Senses Bumthang is set within a pine grove where the preservation of the trees came first, with accommodations wrapped around the forest.
There are eight suites with spacious balconies and forest views across the valley. A pine sapling has been planted in the open-air vestibule at the centre of each suite to reinforce the relationship between the inside and outside, and to celebrate longevity.
The two-bedroom villa, with 225 square metres of living space, is perfect for families or friends travelling together. It offers generous living and dining areas along with private spa treatment facilities designed for rejuvenation.
Bumthang is considered as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland and is home to some of its oldest monasteries and sacred monuments. This region is known for its four valleys, covered in pristine forests and meandering rivers, dotted with quaint villages, lush pastures and farming fields.
“The brief for the masterplan had the architects chewing their pencils in deep thought,” says Six Senses Bhutan General Manager Sally Baughen. “The ambition for Six Senses Bumthang was to immerse guests in the natural beauty of its surroundings, history and traditions, honouring the natural environment rather than impacting it.”
Tongtshang, or Pine Forest, the lodge’s signature restaurant, offers a cozy fireside setting. Those in favour of al fresco dining can enjoy a meal on the terrace while surrounded by pine trees growing around and even through its stone flooring. The menu features hearty local dishes: buckwheat and barley are combined with seasonal ingredients such as freshwater algae, hazelnuts and mushrooms and other staple foods from the valley.
Bumthang provides the perfect base for a range of activities including half and full-day treks to the valley’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, hiking and biking through fields lined with prayer flags, visits to local villages, a palace tour, archery lessons and mushroom foraging.
A 35-minute daily flight back from Bumthang to Paro is available, eliminating the long overland car trip.
Nightly rates at the five Six Senses Bhutan Lodges starts at approximately AU$3,160 per night.
For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservations team at firstname.lastname@example.org