Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
Inspired from the traditional wood and stone farmhouses of Bhutan, Gangtey Goenpa 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.
At a Glance
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
Perfect base from which to explore the valley through a series of fantastic day-walks
Did you know that the fireplaces are from the same maker as the ones in the Scott Dunn chalets in St Anton in Austria.Daniel Smith
Take a stroll up the hill behind the hotel. It's a fairly steep climb but the view down the valley from the top is unbeatableJessica Cator
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Gangtey Goenpa Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Gangtey
Gangtey Goenpa 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 beautifully 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 Goenpa 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 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.
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. From late 2015, you will able to float up in balloons over the Gangtey Valley. The Gangtey Festival usually occurs in November.
12 rooms (49m2) offering heated floors, in room wood burning fireplace and free-standing bathtubs.
The main living area contains a large communal dining table where meals are served ranging from Western, Bhutanese and Asian dishes. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offering and there are in-room massages available.
The day treks from Gangtey into the Phojikha Valley are quite exceptional. See the famous Black-necked Crane from the end of October to March. The 17th century Monastery is a must, and we generally recommend three nights here. From late 2014, balloon flights will be offered. The lodge has a number of mountain bikes to explore the local area.
Location & Directions
When to go
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.