Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

Paro, Bhutan

At a Glance

  • Beautiful architecture inspired by local dzongs and monasteries
  • Comprehensive health and wellness program utilizing local knowledge and products
  • Strong sense of vision as an artistic and spiritual retreat
  • Shares its road with both a rarely visited monastery and nunnery

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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.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary or take a look at our itineraries to Paro

Description

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is an upscale mountainside retreat tucked into the hills of the Paro Valley. Taking design cues from Buddhist monasteries both inside and out, the property centers on an understanding of Buddhism, Bhutanese culture and well-being.

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers luxury accommodation just outside of Paro with a focus on wellness and improving the well-being of guests. Inspired by the Bhutanese concept of a Zatsang (family), the property aims to offer a home-away-from-home where guests can disconnect form the outside world, immerse themselves in Bhutanese culture and relax amidst the stunning surroundings of the Paro valley.
 
The property itself is a stunning blend of monastic and dzong architectural features that complements its location perfectly.  With sweeping panoramic views of mountains shrouded in pristine primordial Himalayan forests and easy access to rarely visited hikes, the location feels deep within the country’s heart even though it is well under an hour from the airport.  A 'well-being inclusive' hotel, the property offers a number of programs and experiences including yoga, meditation,  meetings with monks and local interactions as well as cookery class, hiking, archery and cultural visits.
 
Rooms are a comfortable blend of the modern and traditional.  Guest can choose between the Balcony or Terrace rooms, each offering fantastic Neyphu valley vistas. With only 24 rooms in total, it is in intimate property which adds to the sense of peace found throughout.
 
Facilities include a delicious farm-to-table restaurant with a bar, an outdoor terrace and garden, a gym, and a heated indoor swimming pool. There is also a well equipped spa which offers the more traditional therapies such as massages, sauna and steam baths alongside local Bhutanese medicine treatments, mindfulness classes and individually designed well-being programs.
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Facilities

The spa is really something that makes this place stand out.  A beautiful semi-underground facility that houses a wide-ranging collection of local medicinal herbs, this place can meet anyone’s needs. More than just being about a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, the spa here is conceived of as a place to really come to understand one’s physical and spiritual ailments and begin the work of addressing them.  They have a highly vetted team of specialists proficient in a wide range of modalities, and guests are invited to work with their experts not just for spa services, but for overall health and wellness advice and treatment.  The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary also features an excellent restaurant serving a high end blend of international and local cuisines prepared by highly regarded local chefs who have trained abroad.  For those who are interested they offer customized meal plans to work in accordance with the advice of their spa team to provide guest with an overall holistic experience. 

Experiences

  • Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa

    Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.

  • 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!

  • Drukgyel Dzong

    The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.

  • Explore the Paro Valley by Helicopter

    A wonderful way to see the rich and fascinating Paro Valley

  • Kyichu Lhakhang

    The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.

  • Meet a Monk Your Own Age

    Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.

  • Paro Dzong & National Museum

    The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.

  • The Haa Valley

    The unspoiled Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.

  • Tiger's Nest Monastery

    The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.

Location & directions

Paro, Bhutan

Located on a remote hillside roughly halfway between Paro town and the Tiger’s Nest, this property is the only one in its neighborhood. 

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