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Zhiwa Ling Hotel


Paro, Bhutan

The 5-star, wholly Bhutanese-owned Zhiwa Ling combines the sensibility of a gracious Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st-century technology. The hotel’s elaborate, hand-carved wooden cornices and impressive stonework coexist in perfect harmony with contemporary features like Swedish in-floor heating. Forty-five luxurious suites afford splendid balcony views. Each has a spacious sitting area with leather sofa, cable TV, DVD, Internet, in-room safe and tea and coffee maker. Honoring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom, a temple has been built into the second floor of the hotel, made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery. Set on ten peaceful acres, the hotel offers a full-service spa, sauna, steam room and fitness center. Two restaurants specialize in contemporary international cuisine and classic Bhutanese specialties, and the Mad Monk Bar offers an inviting spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink. A Tea House, Meditation House and on-site greenhouse complete the complex.