Six Senses Bumthang
At a Glance
Nestled in a pine forest, the lodge sympathetically blends into its surrounds with a clever balance of natural materials and Bhutanese details
Floor-to-ceiling windows and muted, natural tones draw the eye to the spellbinding views
Home to one of the world-famous Six Senses Spas, with Hot Stone bath facilities
All 8 suites and a two-bedroom villa feature large decking areas to fully enjoy the beauty of the landscape
Bumthang offers a wealth of cultural, religious and historic sights
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Bumthang) 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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Tucked away in the pine forests of Bumthang, this wooden lodge blends effortlessly into its evergreen surrounds, its wooden buildings nestled amongst the towering pines and surrounded by terraced farmlands, river valleys, ancient monasteries and palaces.
The most easterly of Bhutan’s Six Senses collection, Six Senses Bumthang lies in a landscape fit for royalty with the neighbouring palace, Wangdichhoeling, the former home of King Jigme Wangchuck. Terraced rice fields, deep river valleys and forest-clad mountains surround the lodge, whose simple wooden structure and traditional Bhutanese detailing pays homage to the spellbinding countryside around.
With just nine rooms in total, made up of eight suites and one two-bedroom villa, the lodge is small, exclusive and combines both luxury and simplicity into one perfect package. Wooden walls and floor to ceiling windows create a sense of being cocooned in the forest itself, with crisp white linens and muted accent colours that draw inspiration from the colours of the trees, sky and hills beyond.
A serene retreat, Six Senses Bumthang offers a number of areas to unwind with a good book or gaze meditatively out at the ever-changing view. A small library provides a cosy escape, while the lounge and living room offer a calm space to sit back and soak in the breathtaking view. The all-day dining restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, while the renowned Six Senses Spa and Wellness Centre has treatment rooms and Hot Stone Bath facilities, ideal for soothing body and mind after a day spent walking through the hills of Bumthang.
While you would be forgiven for arriving at Six Senses Bumthang and never leaving the welcoming embrace of its simple charms, the surrounding area offers a wealth of sites of interest, both natural and cultural. From the neighbouring Wangdichhoeling Palace to the revered Kurjey Lhakhang, the Tamshing Monastery to the Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang boasts a diverse range of sights that belie its isolated location.
The eight suites of the lodge offer 72.5 sq.m of indoor and 19 sq.m of outdoor space, while the two-bedroom villa is a large, airy accommodation of 225sq.m inside and a wonderful 34sq.m of outside decking. Minimalist, clean lines and natural materials create a retreat that is at once simple and luxurious. Drawing inspiration from the natural colour palette of the surrounding forests and hills, the decor is muted and utterly calming. Wooden walls and floor-to-ceiling windows draw the outside, in and create a sense of being at one with the natural beauty of the forest.
The public areas of the lodge are as light, spacious and airy as the suites, with a lounge area creating a convivial atmosphere for sharing tales with the other guests, and a cosy library for getting away from it all. The all-day dining room combines indoor and al fresco eating areas, the stunning view only rivalled by the delicious Bhutanese dishes. For a well-deserved treatment, the lodge features one of the world-renowned Six Senses spas, complete with Hot Stone bath facilities and treatment rooms.
Tucked away amongst the exquisite landscapes of Bumthang lies a wealth of cultural, religious and historic sights. Former home of the late King Jigme Wangchuck, Wangdichhoeling and the neighbouring prayer wheels are a particular highlight, alongside the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche. Thousands of Buddhists flock to the winter festivals of the Jambay Lhakhang, and the Tamshing Monastary, said to alleviate sins. For a more gastronomic experience, taste your way around the cottage industries of Bumthang; beer from Red Panda Brewery, spirits from Bumthang Distillery and cheese from the Bumthang Cheese and Dairy Facility.
Location & directions
The most-easterly lodge of Six Senses Bhutan, Six Sense Bumthang lies at 2,700m in 3 acres of land. The picturesque drive weaves through the Yotong La Mountains and the beautiful Chhume Valley.
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