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Amankora Punakha

The Amankora Punkaha is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and offers fantastic views and the chance to be in tranquil isolation with stunning scenery. For this reason, it is our favourite Amankora property in Bhutan.

Punakha, Bhutan
Amankora Punakha
  •  Probably one of the most breath taking arrivals you will reach the property via the famous Mo Chuu which is adorned with brightly colourful prayer flags.


  • Take time at the property to wind down. There is plenty of opportunity to do so in the two-storey spa which also includes a meditation room to help find that inner zen.

  • You will eat well here as Punakha as this is where all of the fruit and vegetables are grown due the sub-tropical valley. The chef can even show you a thing or two on a tour to the local market and a cooking class back at the lodge.

  • Although all rooms have features like a traditional wood-burning stove and large window seats we suggest one of the Mo Chhu Suites which have a large living area to rest and reflect in.

Situated a short drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong and Puntsho Pelri Palace (winter residence of His Majesty The King), Amankora Punakha is accessed via a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu.

A short drive or walk takes guests to the lodge compound which is centred around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built as a residence by Her Majesty the Queen Mother to oversee the surrounding rice fields and fruit plantations. This grand structure, with its vegetable dye wall paintings, is now the combined common guest area of the lodge with the dining room situated on the ground floor and the upper floors offering intimate relaxation areas and a traditional altar room for prayers or meditation. The courtyard of the farmhouse is arranged for outdoor dining and relaxing in Punakha’s temperate climate. Adjacent to the courtyard is the Tea Pavilion which was once the kitchen of the summer palace. Beyond this is a newly built two-storey Spa building housing a yoga/meditation room which provides open views of the surrounding paddy fields and on its lower level encompasses two private treatment rooms, a steam room and changing area. Alongside this, there is a beautiful infinity pool offering panoramic views of the surrounding rice paddy fields.

Twelve suites, located in three rammed-earth buildings, are situated in an orange orchard with views across the rice fields and back up the Punakha Valley. The suites are identical to the design of the suites at Amankora, Paro, featuring wood panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower and vanities, and day bed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.

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Top tip:

If you can only do one Amankora Hotel in Bhutan, choose Punakha. It does get booked up well is advance so do consider planning your trip to Bhutan plenty of time in advance.

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Punakha, Bhutan

Situated a short drive north of the grand Punakha Dzong and Phuntsho Pelri Palace (summer residence of His Majesty The King), Amankora Punakha is accessed via a suspension bridge over the river Mo Chhu.

11-hour 30-minuter international flight (one change) to Paro Airport. Amankora Punakha is a 5-hour drive from the airport.

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