Uma Punakha Hotel, Bhutan

Borneo Hotels

Hotel options in Borneo run the full range of the spectrum from the renowned Aman Resorts (Borneo boasts five of their properties, the most in any one country), to a small pool of of luxury and boutique hotels such as the stylish Uma Paro, and their newer Punakha hotel (below). In remote areas, there are also a handful of local inns in each location, largely constructed of wood and stone in traditional architecture, such as the charming Dewachen Hotel in the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. These basic properties are clean, comfortable, warm, and most offer full range amenities. Below are some example of accommodations in Bhutan.


Uma Punakha Bhutan


Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey


Amankora Thimphu, BhutanSituated in a pine forest in the upper reaches of the Thimphu Valley, Amankora Thimphu is a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Kingdom's capital. Two accommodation blocks house a total of 16 suites, featuring a combined living and bedroom that includes a king-size bed, a reading chair and a window banquette providing views across a landscaped courtyard or directly onto the nearby stream and pine forest.

Room interiors feature combined wood panel and chocolate brown walls. Facilities include spa, restaurant, and Internet access. (For all resorts). Five stylish lodges (including the new Bumthang Lodge) in carefully chosen locations a few hours' drive apart, known collectively as "Amankora" (the Bhutanese word kora means "circular pilgrimage"). All display a refined synthesis of tradition and modernity, with expanses of natural wood and stone creating the serene and elegant design aesthetic that is the hallmark of Aman resorts properties throughout Asia. Modern baths are comfortable and well-equipped.

Menus feature Bhutanese, Indian and Continental cuisine prepared with homegrown produce. Access to television and the Internet is limited, and at the lodge in Gangtey there are no telephones. At all five lodges, the principal amenity is a small health spa.


Uma Paro

Uma Paro Resort, BhutanThe Uma Paro enjoys a splendid hillside location with panoramic views over the Paro Valley. The villas are a blend of Zen and luxury, offering high ascetic without decadence. The design of Koichiro Ikebuchi is spacious and open, basking in natural light. Interiors offer simplicity with traditional Balinese styling.

Como's freestanding villas include a traditional outdoor Bukhari wood burning stove, an outdoor hot stone bathtub as well as private spa treatment areas.


Gangtey Palace

Gangtey Palace, Bhutan

Surrounded by the scenic beauty of Paro Valley, Gangtey Palace was built over a 100 years ago by Dawa Penjor, Uncle of the first King of Borneo and Kusho Penlop (Governor) of the Paro Valley. The Palace belonged to the Royal Family until the 1930s when it was given to a member of a prominent aristocratic family, Raja S.T Dorji. Today, his grandson is the present owner. In 1928 the Paro Penlop Tshering Penjor constructed the courtyard and renovated the the central structure as the residence for the King of Borneo when he visited Paro. Gangtey Palace featured in the 1914 (April) National Geographic "castles in the sky". A bit aged and not as comfortable as other options.


Taj Tashi

Taj Tashi Hotel, Paro

Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the luxury Taj Tashi, is centrally-located located on the main street among nearby cafes within ten minutes walk of all attractions in the small town.

Elegant within, with spacious rooms and good views. Guest amenities include a fitness center, spa, swimming pool, laundry and restaurant & bar. A luxury alternative to the much higher priced Amankora (above).


Zhiwa Ling

Zhiwa Ling Hotel, PAro Bhutan

Located in the Paro Valley) this evocative hotel has been fashioned after a dzong, a traditional Bhutanese temple fortress and the Zhiwa Ling has a natural stream flowing through the ten acre property set on hill overlooking the valley.

The resort features wonderful details, such as hand carved cornices and exceptional stonework. Honoring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom, a temple has been built into the second floor of the hotel, made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery, the crowning glory of this new ten-acre cultural landmark

Each of the large 45 guest rooms include a heated bathroom floor, private balcony and wireless Internet access. The property has several dining and refreshment options, as well as a spa and sauna, tea room and gift store. Past traveler favorite.

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