Winter home of the endangered black-necked crane and boasts prolific birdlife
Set into the hillside, looking over the endless valley floor and an ever-changing landscape
Boasts one of the world-renowned Six Senses Spas
Minimalist decor and natural materials create a cosy yet elegant retreat
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.
Deep in the Phobjikha valley, cloaked in lush forests of bamboo, lies the remote village of Gangtey and the serene, minimalist Six Senses. With breathtaking views of the valley, the small lodge offers a tranquil retreat in breathtaking surrounds.
Strategically set onto the western slopes of the valley and enjoying 180-degree views of the rolling hills, Six Senses Gangtey is a pocket of luxurious simplicity in a remote, isolated region of extraordinary natural beauty. Gangtey and its surrounds lie at 9,843 feet on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, a conservation area and winter home of the endangered black-necked crane. Glacial rivers teem with trout, forests of dwarf bamboo offer thrilling bike trails and the prolific birdlife creates a paradise for ornithologists.
While the attraction of Six Senses Gangtey lies outside the stone walls of the property, it also boasts a number of amenities. A film and games room, cosy lounge, all-day dining restaurant and the renowned Six Senses Spa and Wellness Centre cater to the small number of guests.
If you can be dragged away from the spa, the surrounding hills of the Phobjikha Valley offer superb walks, ancient monasteries and a chance to explore the quaint village of Gangtey. Stretching out as far as the eye can see, the valley offers a wealth of hiking trails, nature walks and biking tracks while the 16th-century monastery of Gangtey Goemba watches over the village. Stroll across its ancient ramparts and through the village to appreciate the simplicity of life in this isolated corner of Bhutan, and admire the staggering beauty of the landscape as you walk across the endless valley floor. During the winter, black-necked cranes can be seen at the nearby Crane Centre, from a viewing hide, or even from the lodge itself.
With just eight suites offering 64sq.m of indoor and 11sq.m of outdoor space, and one two-bedroom villa boasting 210sq.m inside and 19sq.m outside, the lodge is small, allowing for more personalised service. Crafted from wood, and with simple white linens and occasional splashes of colour, the rooms are tranquil, elegant and large windows allow the beauty of the landscape to come to the fore.
For such a small lodge the property has a number of facilities which create the feel of a home-from-home. A cosy lounge is ideal for curling up in the warmth after a walk through the hills, while the movie and games room will keep guests entertained. Famed for its sumptuous treatments, the Six Senses Spa offers two Swedana areas, ideal for soothing post-hike muscles. The delicious food of the all-day dining restaurant is only rivalled by the spectacular views, while the fire-pit relaxation area is a welcome sight on chillier evenings.
Surrounded by spellbinding scenery, time spent at Six Senses Gangtey is likely to combine walks through the hills and valleys with a spot of relaxation in the spa, plenty of downtime in the lounge or library, and contemplative moments looking out over the endless valley floor. Famed as the winter home of the black-necked crane, bird watchers will delight in the viewing potential from the nearby Crane Centre and the lodge itself. Wandering through Gangtey is a chance to observe life in this simple Bhutanese village, interact with the villagers and explore the 16th century Goemba.
Set in five acres of land outside the village of Gangtey, Six Senses Gantey nestles on the hillside of the Black Mountains.
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