Amankora Thimphu, Thimpu Bhutan
Set away on the outskirts of Thimphu town in a quiet, serene and secluded environment surrounded by pine forests, the Amankora Thimphu is still close to the capital’s main sights.
Just a five minute drive from the town, in a relaxed and rural setting, the property has a simple feel with stone, wood and glass, topped with contemporary wooden furnishings and natural shades. The stone courtyard with Buddhist prayer wheels has an outdoor veranda and fire pit, making for a pleasant place to take in your surroundings, perhaps with a book from their large library. Dine in the wooden double-height dining room and lounge area where delicious Thai and Western food is served.
There are 16 open-plan rooms are designed to be consistent with the other Aman properties in order to give familiarity, as if you are ‘coming home’. They include a plush bed, lounge area and a grand bathroom with a bathtub, twin vanities and a rainshower, while the traditional bukhari wood-burning stove is also a lovely touch. Out the window, you’ll find pleasant views of either the landscaped courtyard or the nearby stream and pine forest.
The Amankora is a great luxury option in Thimphu, particularly for those who prefer a quiet atmosphere.
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.
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Eastern India is a great holiday - Calcutta vibrant, the Sunderbans peaceful, the mountains majestic and the monasteries interesting. I won't mention the roads!