Amankora Punakha, Punakha Bhutan
Only accessed via a suspension bridge decorated in prayer flags hanging over the Mo Chhu River, the Amankora Punakha offers guests a unique arrival amongst the dramatic scenery of the region. Incorporating a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and contemporary design, the Amankora’s signature style of stone, wood and a neutral colour pallette still shines through the property.
The central building is a beautifully restored farmhouse, while the rest of the property has been extended around it. Shaded by Chinese cherry trees and illuminated with a fire and lamps by night, the courtyard is a calming place where guests can dine outdoors. Western and traditional Bhutanese dishes are served here or in the farmhouse on communal tables. Cooking classes are held in the tea pavilion, while a traditional altar room for meditation is available, along with a library, swimming pool, steam room and yoga room. Just a short drive away sits the stunning Punakha Dzong and Puntsho Pelri Palace which make for a great day trip.
The lodge offers an intimate atmosphere, with just 8 open-plan suites. In keeping with the Amankora theme, they feature wooden flooring and furnishings and a natural colour pallette. The opulent bathrooms have double vanities, a rainshower and central bathtub.
Of all the Amankoras in Bhutan, we feel the Punakha Lodge has the most character. If you’re going to splurge and choose just one, we highly recommend this property for both a luxurious and relaxing stay.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
We enjoyed a 3 week trip exploring both the well known places as well as the less developed areas. We also balanced the trip with a variety of walks and activities as well as time for several half day breaks to relax. The Myanmar people are incredibly friendly and welcoming. The colours of the country are outstanding, wonderful dusty landscapes with rice fields and palm trees as well as so many amazing pagodas rich in colour and symbolism. Our best parts were the less well known places but Lake Inle and Bagan are must do places and are still not overrun by tourists. Experience Travel Group tailored a trip for our needs and knew how to do so and suggest appropriate hotels and means of travel.