The 12 suite luxury lodge, discretely positioned near a cluster of farmhouses, is perched above the spectacular Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley. Its remote location and stunning design in the heart of Bhutan, allows one to take a step back in time, away from the stresses and distractions of modern day life.
The 4th of the 5 valleys that make the Bhutan journey, Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley is a protected reserve for the black necked cranes, remaining untouched from the outside world.
Reconnect with nature and hike the numerous trails through the valley, find spiritual enrichment through the experiences with the 17th Century Gangtey Monastery, and explore the rich culture of the local community, unchanged for centuries.
During October one of the world’s rarest migratory birds – the Black-necked Crane – arrives from Tibet, before flying out again in March. Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley is one of the best places in the world to view these amazing birds, with over 10% of the world’s population spending the winter months here.
It may be a long journey to this remote new hotel in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but you know you’ve made the right decision from the second you arrive. The vast, double-height lobby-lounge has an entire wall of glass with gripping views of the 17th-century Gangtey monastery, which appears to float above a wide, misty valley speckled with grazing yaks and ponies. Staff greet new guests with a song, a glass of mulled cider and a shoulder massage, which is a great start in anyone’s book. The bedrooms are big, with wood-burning stoves, underfloor heating and a free-standing bathtub in a bay window for views of the monastery. Australian architect Mary Lou Thomson has created a seriously smart take on the rustic vernacular, with plenty of exposed stone, polished wood and local woven fabrics. Innovative touches such as inside/outside log fires make the private terraces usable year-round, and the kitchen uses organic ingredients to make slow-roast pork belly or exotic Bhutanese dishes such as ema datshi, a chilli-and-yak-cheese stew with wild mushrooms.
Gangtey Lodge offers many interesting wellness and spiritual experiences. Spiritual Cleansing, Prayer Flag Hoisting, Meditation classes, morning and evening prayers at the shedra, breakfast and blessing at Gangtey monastry and meditation classes are some of the experiences that offer deeper spiritual immersion.
Ensuite bath with best natural salts and plant based essential oils, all natural Gangtey lodge ensuite spa and a traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath, or “Dotsho”, which uses river rocks to heat the water, releasing key minerals that relieve aches and pains in the body are some of the wellness immersions you can experience during your stay with Gangtey Lodge.
For the more adventurous and the fitness savvy, hiking, mountain biking and archery activities can be arranged.
Gangtey Lodge creates luxury escapes and amazing experiences that enable travellers to connect physically, spiritually, and emotionally with their surroundings
Gangtey Lodge Bhutan
Just under the Monastry,
Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley,