Aman for all seasons
At a Glance
We suggest finishing your journey of Bhutan in Paro and Amankora Paro will ensure you finish on a high, especially as it is set at an elevation of 2,250 meters
One of the larger lodges here you will find 24 suites, all have terrazzo clad baths which are utter bliss after climbing the famous and spirital site of Tiger's Nest Mountain
The Aman spa can also add some extra healing from hiking, rafting and walking. Set in the forest you will find facilities include a glass walled yoga studio, sauna and steam room.
The properties dining room with a view over snow covered Mount Jhomolhari will leave with those spectactular views that will forever remember
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
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Amankora Paro is beautifully set into the forest and delivers some breathtaking views. Traditional in design with carved wooden roofs, white wash walls and wood clad interiors.
Near Balakha Village, 30 minutes from Paro town and the airport, Amankora Paro is located approximately 2,250m above sea level. The views take in 17th century Drukyel Dzong and stretch to the 7,300m high, snow-capped Jhomolhari and beyond.
There are six blocks with four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. The 24 suites are similar in design featuring natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath. Steps rise to a large stone terrace that leads to the lodge’s living room that is furnished with banquettes and lounging chairs. Adjacent is the library and a small boutique and beneath is the dining room, which opens on an external terrace overlooking a small stream. A track leads to a stone and timber terrace that contains a central fireplace that is surrounded by two lounging areas.
On two levels, the Spa contains an arrival area, changing rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a glass-walled yoga suite. Steps lead to the lower level, which includes one double treatment room and four single rooms, each fitted with a shower and unique outdoor stone bath.
Amankora Paro offers 24 Luxury Suites featuring similar decor and furnishings to the other Aman hotels in the country; a king size bed, a traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath.
Children are generally welcome but there are no specific facilities. Children will love the varied flora, fauna and spectacular mountain terrain Bhutan has to offer. Some of the trekking however will only be suitable for older children.
Facilities at Amankora Paro include a lime-washed stone pavilion where the living and dining rooms offer incredible views and a selection of Western and Indian cuisines, a boutique providing a collection of local fabrics and goods while the library features assorted books, publications, and the internet. The spa features a sauna, steam room, five treatment rooms with hot stone baths, changing rooms and a glass-walled yoga suite. Book seven nights in Amankora properties throughout Bhutan and receive a complimentary car, driver and guide and one spa wellness treatment per journey.
A number of excursions and experiences are on offer at Amankora Paro, including a visit to the 17th century ruins of Drukyel Dzong. Visit Cheri Goemba, the first monastery established in Bhutan,
At the 7th century temple of Kyichu Lhakhang. For further insight into Buddhism and the spirituality of the Bhutanese people, visit the National Museum, Paro Dzong and Dumtse Llakhang. Other activities include archery, fishing, golf, white-water rafting and some fantastic trekking.
Jack Mace (Staff)
I was fortunate enough to call Amankora Paro my home after a testing 2 day, 1-night trek and I couldn't have thought of a better place to stay. The Aman here is in such a lovely, peaceful location and you can't help but feel relaxed from the moment you spy one of the staff waiting for you at the entrance. They welcome you in like it's your home, each member of staff will know your name, where you've been, and you are treated like a king throughout your stay. The rooms are, as with all Aman's, amazing. They are spacious, luxurious, comfortable and inviting. As I mentioned, such a great place to crash after an intense few days on your feet. The main dining/bar/lounge area is for me the best part of the hotel. It's a two-story building with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views over the local woodland (all part of Aman's plot) and the newly erected Dzong. It's here you get to sample the incredible food which the chef will freshly prepare each day. Never in a million years did I expect such a remote country to provide food of this standard - some of the best I'd ever eaten!
Amy Ropner (Staff)
The set of Amankora's in Bhutan are truly breath-taking, each one has its own charm and character that is totally unique while keeping with both the Bhutanese traditions and Aman style. Amankora Paro was the perfect place to end the trip of a lifetime. Everything is meticulously thought through and planned throughout the property which made for a flawless experience. Whether its the amazing meals with exquisite food and amazing the dishes that are created even in the face of obstacles with obtaining each individual ingredient, the beautiful infamous Aman rooms which are huge and have a stunning bath sitting in the middle of the bathroom or the lodge activities. Amankora Paro really hits the nail on the head.
Sara Wells (Staff)
The Amankora Paro is the first Aman built in Bhutan, therefore it has built up an extensive array of experiences, spa treatments, and entertainment including traditional live music played at dinner. It is the largest Aman with 16 on brand contemporary bedrooms, however their well trained staff still manage to deliver a very personal service.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
when you arrive look out for Jhomolhari the second highest peak in Bhutan. Amankora is set away from the bustle of Paro close to the site where The Tigers Nest Monastery is. The surrounding forests are incredibly peaceful and the service is impeccable.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Amankora Paro is the largest of the Amankora lodges, with 24 rooms, and is located peacefully away from the what is becoming a growing Paro town-centre, secluded in a pine forest and just a short hop, skip and a jump from the start of the Tigers Nest Monastery trek. You probably get more of a social feel from the Amankora Paro, given the size, and with the communal dining you can expect meeting your fellow guests over dinner to share stories of your adventures in Bhutan.
Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.
Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa
Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Explore the Paro Valley by Helicopter
A wonderful way to see the rich and fascinating Paro Valley
Farmhouse Visit & Home-Cooked Dinner
Visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan dating back to 7th century before meeting with local community members in a nearby farmhouse to enjoying a home-cooked dinner.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Haa Valley Alpine Excursion
Experience the unique nomadic Haa culture in the Bhutan's formerly isolated Haa Valley.
The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Visit a Buddhist temple for a monk blessing ceremony for an eternity of happiness.
Paro Dzong & National Museum
The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.
Explore the highlights of Paro with your guide and driver. From the National Museum and sacred Dzongs to a spectacular valley landscape dotted with farmhouses, Paro is home to many interesting sights worth exploring.
Paro Sunday Market
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Haa Valley
The unspoilt Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.
Tiger's Nest Monastery
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
Zurig Lhakhang Hike & Archery
Hike through the scenic Paro Valley, visit historic Buddhist fortresses and try your hand at Bhutan's national sports - archery.
Bhutan in Style: Aman Hotels
Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Paro
from £10600 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Stay in Bhutan's most luxurious hotels with your own private driver/guide at your disposal on a tailored private itinerary
- Choose from a wide choice of experiences, from the more active trekking, to cultural experiences or simply just enjoying the views
- All meals and house beverages, including house wines and spirits are included at Amankora hotels.
Bhutan in Ultimate Luxury
Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Paro
from £5800 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Indulge in the legendary AMAN hospitality with a private driver and guide at your disposal
- Special experiences with 108 butter lamps ceremony, blessing from a head priest and spa bath in potato shed with candlelight dinner
- Scenic helicopter ride overlooking rolling valleys, winding rivers and soaring Himalayan peaks
Location & directions
Amankora Paro is located in the forest near Balakha Village, 30 minutes from Paro town and at approximately 2,250m above sea level.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight (one change) to Paro Airport. Amankora Paro is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
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