Six Senses makes its mark in Bhutan

The experiential powerhouse is making its first foray into the country with three spectacular new lodges

Six Senses’ lodge in Punakha, Bhutan, is one of three whose launch is imminent
Six Senses’ lodge in Punakha, Bhutan, is one of three whose launch is imminent

With its Gross National Happiness Index, charismatic monarch and unutterably beautiful Himalayan landscapes, Bhutan hardly lacks for distinctions. Or enthusiasts: tourist numbers reached a record 250,000 last year. Good timing for Six Senses (sixsenses.com), then, which is weeks away from launching the first three lodges (from $1,500 per night) in its much-anticipated, five-strong circuit. Mapped across Paro and Thimphu in the west, Gangtey and Bumthang in the east, and lush, central Punakha, the lodges will differ in style and size, but are uniformly spectacular – spanning small gorges or cantilevering over rice terraces, with suites rendered in warm timber and rough stone. The only other operator doing such a comprehensive good job in Bhutan – and they do it extremely, definitively well – is Aman (aman.com). But Six Senses is its own powerhouse on experiences, fine food and finer spa-ing, and there’s little doubt it will make its own (top) mark here. 

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