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Amankora Punakha

Authentic riverside home

Amankora Hotel, Punakha, Bhutan

+975 2-331-333

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At a Glance

In 2004, Aman was the first international hotel brand to open in Bhutan, with five lodges across the country. The properties, which are known in their entirety as Amankora, make up an appealing circuit for visits to Bhutan that can range from one to two weeks. Architect Kerry Hill designed the lodges with tastefully monastic bedrooms and minimalist spaces in nature. In their various locations, however, each has a different style and setting. Owned by the royal family and leased to Aman, Amankora Punakha is a riverside retreat centered around an old Bhutanese farmhouse is a favorite on the Aman circuit.

Indagare Loves

  • The arrival via handmade chain-link suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River
  • The beautiful, minimalist suites with views of the valleys and mountains that surround the property
  • Breakfast served in the courtyard on warm mornings
  • Hiking from the hotel, through terraced farmland up to the local hilltop


Amankora Punakha guests enjoy a dramatic arrival, crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu river adorned with thousands of prayer flags flapping in the wind. The Amankora Punakha lodge is a compound of buildings centered around a courtyard and traditional Bhutanese farmhouse (formerly owned by the Royal family). From every vantage point, the property features captivating views across the valley of the rambling river below, and rice paddies terracing up to steep mountain peaks. This intimate lodge has only 12 suites. The spacious suites are designed in Aman’s minimalist style with Bhutanese-style windows framing the sumptuous views, blonde wood paneled walls, soaring ceilings, a freestanding deep soaking tub, and a traditional wood-burning bukhari to keep guests cozy on chilly nights. While there is so much to see in the region, guests will want to allocate some time to relax on property at the fantastic spa (the facial is not to be missed) and infinity-edge pool. The dining on property is communal, so guests who do not want to interact with others must request room service or there is one room where guests can dine alone.

Who Should Stay

Aman fans, ardent hikers, anyone taking a magical journey across Bhutan

Written by Indagare

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