Six Senses Bhutan Prepares for October 2018 Opening
Six Senses Bhutan is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment and experiences.
Beginning with the capital, Six Senses Thimphu places strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds thereby lending the name of Palace in the Sky to the largest in the collection. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amidst Rice Fields.
Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey which is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its principal bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.
Traveling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual centre with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest and with its sensitive fusing to trees and gardens fondly referred to as Forest in a Forest. The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to an ancient stone ruins of a dzong, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.
The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018. Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.
General Manager Mark Swinton said, “There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural and spiritual beauty making a compelling choice. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric.”
Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Centre with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set.