Reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River covered in prayer flags, Punakha Lodge incorporates a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan). Located in a subtropical valley that produces most of the nation’s vegetables, the area is where the Bhutanese royals spend their winters. Eight of the suites are identical in design to those of Amankora Paro, with views across an orange orchard and rice terraces. The four Mo Chhu Suites are situated in a new building, and two feature separate spacious living areas. The suites can be combined to offer two two-bedroom units. All accommodations offer king-size beds, traditional wood-burning stoves and banquette window-seats, while bathrooms feature terrazzo-clad bathtubs, twin vanities and a separate shower and toilet.
• An infinity pool provides views over rice terraces
• The two-storey spa includes a yoga/meditation room, two treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas
• Try a grounding face ritual incorporating rose quartz to facilitate healing and aid rejuvenation
• An outdoor dining terrace offers views of the valley and rice fields
• Visit the beautiful 17th-century Punakha Dzong, and the 15th-century ‘fertility temple’ Chimi Lhakhang
• Visit the morning market with the chef and take part in a Bhutanese cooking class at the lodge