Inspired from the traditional wood and stone farmhouses of Bhutan, Gangtey Lodge has been lovingly designed to incorporate every sense of style and comfort. Offering awe-inspiring views, the lodge is simply the definitive luxury rural retreat.
Fantastic luxury lodge with the best views over the Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan
Small and boutique and wonderfully designed
Amazing free-standing bathtubs with a view over the valley
Gangtey Lodge, previously known as Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, was the vision of Brett and Omar Melzer who run 'Balloons over Bagan' and wanted a similar project in Bhutan. The concept was to create a small guesthouse as a base to explore the area by balloon, but it soon developed into a labour of love and morphed into a luxury Bhutanese farmhouse experience with the help of architect Mary Lou Thomson. With just 12 rooms, it brilliantly blends traditional Bhutanese design and feel with all the trappings of a luxury boutique retreat. There has been so much attention to detail everywhere you look, and the fixtures and fittings have been sourced from all around the world - from the bathtubs which come from Colchester to the wood-burning stoves which come from Switzerland. With gorgeous local fabrics, exposed wooden beams and brickwork, Gangtey effortlessly blends sumptuous cutting-edge design with a local homely Bhutanese feel.
Each of the 12 rooms has amazing views over the valley below and some look out towards the nearby Gangtey Monastery, about 5 minutes from the lodge. The floors are made of hand-cut stone, and are heated and the rooms offer free-standing bathtubs, many with a view. Each of the rooms have wood-burning stoves. Local artists and masons have worked extensively to blend this sense of comfort with the artwork and carvings that can be found the local area.
In the main living area you will find comfy sofas surrounding two fireplaces and there are dining tables, looking out to a floor to ceiling window overlooking the valley. There is then a delightful terrace to sit and look out over the valley. Snuggle up under a blanket, cup of steaming tea in hand and simply watch the world go by or head to the hot stone bath to unwind.
Gangtey is certainly worth including on an itinerary to Bhutan, and famous for its nearby 17th century Monastery, local black-necked cranes, and fantastic day walks.
When to visit
Did you know that the fireplaces are from the same maker as the ones in the Scott Dunn chalets in St Anton in Austria.
Day walk through Phobjikha
Take a day walk around the Phobjikha valley, an ideal hike to see the black-neck cranes from November to late March, or simply to experience the villages and farms along the way. See the Crane Information centre at the end.
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!
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.
Gangtey Goenpa Monastery
The Gangtey Goenpa monastery, or Gangteng Monastery is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition of the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism. Dating from the 17th century, it has superb views and guests usually visit before taking the Gangtey Nature Trail.
Local Archery Experience
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.
Enjoy this stunning hike - through Rhododendron forests, thick woodland, steeper passes, taking in the views of the valley and ending in the idyllic Kumba Village.
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 Gangtey 360°Hike
Today you will have the chance to enjoy a hike in the stunning countryside surrounding Gangtey Valley and at the end rewarded with incredible 360° panoramic views.