This luxury lodge is set high above the scenic Phobijkha Valley in central Bhutan and a stay here is all about the sweeping views afforded from every angle. The architect-designed building draws inspiration from the inimitably beautiful rural Bhutanese architecture, combined with modern elements to create a genuinely special retreat. The interiors are very natural, with exposed brickwork and stone flooring combined with dark wooden timbers and beams.
The focal point of the lodge is an informal lounge and dining space with two stone fireplaces and plush leather sofas and armchairs garnished with colourful cushions. Floor-to-ceiling windows lead onto an expansive outdoor terrace where you can sip steaming hot tea wrapped up in a cosy blanket whilst admiring the aforementioned views.
The lodge has only 12 guest suites, and each reflects the region’s rich heritage, displaying carefully chosen artworks and featuring warm fabrics in earthy tones, while the hand-cut stone floors are heated. Expect modern elements such as in-room rolltop baths, some with a view, and every suite has a contemporary wood-burner creating a romantic environment with comfortable sofa seating and warm rugs underfoot. Timber framed windows make the most of the remarkable scenery outside.
The hotel operates on a half-board basis and delicious Bhutanese, Asian and Western dishes are served at a large communal dining table where guests can share stories of their travels. The area is famous for its 17th century monastery, Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa Monastery in the region – a vision of white and gold tiers – while protected and revered black-necked cranes soar the valley overhead from October to March.