UN­RAVEL THE SE­CLUDED & SE­DUC­TIVE RE­GIONS OF BHUTAN

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Em­brac­ing the art of hap­pi­ness one re­gion at a time

The se­cluded moun­tain re­gion of Bhutan, Land of the Thun­der

Dragon, is fa­mous for its ar­du­ous land­scape and easy go­ing peo­ple. While the jour­ney to the na­tion is time-con­sum­ing and re­quires a cou­ple of long flight hops, the dis­cov­er­ies one makes in its peaks are heav­enly. Bhutan has its own nuances that add to the di­men­sions of one’s ex­pe­ri­ence while vis­it­ing here.

Six Senses Bhutan, set to take reser­va­tions from Novem­ber

2018, has cre­ated five bou­tique lodges spread across the western and cen­tral val­leys, each cap­tur­ing the el­e­ments of the land­scape in their own unique ways. Six Senses Thim­phu wel­comes you to dis­cover hap­pi­ness at the Palace in the Sky in the myth­i­cal Hi­malayan King­dom that mea­sures hap­pi­ness as a gross na­tional prod­uct. The sec­ond lodge in Pu­nakha val­ley is set amidst rice fields while Six Senses Gangtey finds one bird­watch­ing in the quaint gla­cial val­ley of Phob­jikha, home to the sa­cred black-necked cranes.

Med­i­tate, con­tem­plate and in­dulge in tree­house din­ing while at Six Senses Bumthang, sur­rounded by ev­er­green pine for­est and beau­ti­ful monas­ter­ies. Race back up to be one with the clouds at Six Senses

Paro lo­cated at a stun­ning el­e­va­tion over­look­ing the Paro val­ley. A pri­vate din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the 15th cen­tury stone ru­ins of a dzong leaves a last­ing im­pres­sion of the land and its roots that trace time back to 500BC.

More magic can be had at Amankora, the first in­ter­na­tional ho­tel granted per­mis­sion to op­er­ate within the bor­ders of this spir­i­tual mecca. Kora is the word used to de­scribe the cir­cu­lar ex­pe­ri­ence of dis­cov­ery found through­out cen­tral and western Bhutan. Five lodges bring the majesty of this King­dom at the top of the world to you, lo­cated in

Paro, Pu­nakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Thim­phu. Laid-back lux­u­ri­ous ad­ven­tures here take you on breath­tak­ing en­coun­ters, in­clud­ing unique cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences like a se­ries of Miche­lin-starred vis­it­ing chefs at Thim­phu Lodge, he­li­copter break­fast at Twin Lakes, poppy treks, for­est and prayer flag bathing, and im­mer­sive well­ness re­treats over­seen by vis­it­ing health gu­rus.

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