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Amankora Paro

Paro, Bhutan

1/5 Entrance to Amankora Paro
Entrance to Amankora Paro
2/5 Amankora Paro surrounded by pine forests
Amankora Paro surrounded by pine forests
3/5 Evening bonfire on the deck, Amankora Paro
Evening bonfire on the deck, Amankora Paro
4/5 Dining room, Amankora Paro
Dining room, Amankora Paro
5/5 Living room, Amankora Paro
Living room, Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro was the first of Aman’s luxury resorts in Bhutan and this one is the largest, surrounded by pine forests a half an hour drive from Paro, close to the ruined Drukgyel Dzong. The 24 stylish suites are situated in six rammed-earth buildings, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor.

The wood-panelled minimalist interiors feature an enormously comfortable king-size bed, traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath. If you stay at one of the other Aman resorts in Bhutan, the decor will become quite familiar. Peace and tranquillity is the idea here so there is no television or wi-fi to distract you, just divinely scented toiletries in the bathroom, spa treatments and classes in a glass-walled yoga suite to help you unwind.

In the main building the dining room opens out on to a flagstone terrace and wooden deck overlooking a mountain stream. A comfortable lounging area invites you relax and enjoy views of the dzong and the distant snow-clad Jhomalhari. Meals of Western and Indian cuisines are served on a large communal table. There’s also a small boutique selling local fabrics and library with internet access.

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Luxury resort surrounded by pine forests with 24 suites in six 2-storey buildings

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1/5 Paro dzong and watch tower
Paro dzong and watch tower
2/5 Rinpung Dzong and cantilevered bridge over the Paro River
Rinpung Dzong and cantilevered bridge over the Paro River
3/5 Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a hillside above Paro
Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a hillside above Paro
4/5 Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the pine forests around Paro
Ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in the pine forests around Paro
5/5 Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro
Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro

Paro

Though the impressive Paro Dzong dates from the 17th century there was no real town here until the main street was built in 1985. Bhutan’s international airport, inaugurated only in 1999, is located at Paro (2250m). Hemmed in by mountains, it is reached by air on a heart in mouth scenic flight on the country’s national airline, Druk Air. The fertile flat valley floor, watered by the Paro Chhu and the old trade route from Tibet have led the people in the Paro Valley to be better off than elsewhere in Bhutan. You can see the prosperity in the large houses with rows of windows on three levels that are considered be among the most beautiful in the country. Read more?

1/5 The Punakha Valley, Bhutan
The Punakha Valley, Bhutan
2/5 A monk enters a temple within Punakha dzong
A monk enters a temple within Punakha dzong
3/5 Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro
Takstang - the Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro
4/5 Lighting the wood burning stove in a One bedroom villa, Uma Paro
Lighting the wood burning stove in a One bedroom villa, Uma Paro
5/5 Isolation from the world for centuries has helped to preserve Bhutan's pristine environment
Isolation from the world for centuries has helped to preserve Bhutan's pristine environment

Bhutan

Self-isolation has helped Bhutan preserve its unique culture of timeless traditions, myths and legends, and to protect its wonderful pristine environment of sacred mountains, fast flowing rivers and over 5000 species of plants. A tour of Bhutan is an experience like no other. Read more?

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