Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley, Bhutan
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, award-winning Gangtey Lodge blends rustic mountain ambience with five-star amenities and service. Its location, perched above a vast glacial valley, offers panoramic views over the peaceful countryside. Ornate woodwork, exposed beams and stone, and Bhutanese-style pitched roofs characterize this architecture and decor of this boutique hotel, which takes styling inspiration from the region's traditional farmhouses. The lobby features murals and carvings by local artists and masons, and grand floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular views of 17th-century Gangtey Monastery.
Five-hundred-square-foot guest suites feature luxury touches like a contemporary wood-burning stove, heated hand-cut slate floors, and a deep freestanding roll-top bathtub in front of a large window offering private views of the valley below. Appointed in warm fabrics and earthen tones, each room has a lounge space with comfortable sofas, a large dressing room with double vanities, and an en suite bathroom with aromatherapy toiletries, plush bathrobes and slippers. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, in-room tea/coffee, cold beverages, and daily shoe cleaning and outdoor gear drying services. Hypoallergenic pillows and air humidifiers are available upon request.
Savor a cup of coffee on the outdoor terrace, breathing in the fresh scent of pine. After a day of adventure, return to the lounge, where hand-woven carpets, leather sofas and massive indoor-outdoor stone fireplaces create a cozy space to relax. Enjoy an intimate dining experience with chef-tailored meals using organic ingredients. Try Bhutanese specialties such as ema datshi, a chili-and-yak-cheese stew with wild mushrooms.