The latest Aman property in the east of Bhutan in the little-visited city of Bumthang (little-visited due to its distance from Paro Airport) set in a peaceful valley that has become known as the spiritual hub of the country. The resort borders the 19th century Wangdichholing Palace, the Kingdom’s royal residence until the 1950s and now inhabited by a small group of monks.
There are 16 luxurious suites at Amankora Bumthang, accessed through an impressive, stone-clad hallway and each features a king-size bed, traditional wood-burning stove, spacious bathroom dominated by a terrazzo-clad bathtub with twin vanities and separate shower and toilet, and banquette window-seats that overlook the palace and monastery.
The Aman group’s signature minimalism is carried through to the communal areas, including a beautifully appointed living room and library that are great spots to unwind. The food is impeccable as you would expect, and regional and international dishes can be served in the hotel’s dining room, courtyard or in the shade of the neighbouring apple orchard.
There is a superb spa with three private treatment rooms but the real focal point is the hotel’s generous courtyard. Here cushioned banquettes are arranged around a romantic fire pit with thoughtful touches like blankets and hot water bottles provided so you can keep warm whilst enjoying the local rice wine while local ladies dance and sing traditional Bhutanese songs. The hotel also lays on lots of activities to explore the area, including mountain trekking and visits to local farms and cottage industries.