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Zhiwa Ling

Paro, Bhutan

Zhiwa Ling is located just outside of Paro in Bhutan and is close to the Tiger's Nest Monastery. Zhiwa Ling is noted for its traditional Bhutanese architecture and offers international standards of service and rooms.

At a Glance

  • Excellent traditional architecture and design making it a perfect blend of old and new

  • Eight cottages set within the 10 acres of gardens which contain most the rooms

  • Two restaurants with international and local cuisine

  • The first luxury hotel in Bhutan to be Bhutanese owned

  • Good spa with a range of treatments

Couples, Adventure, Culture, Family

Insider's View

Raven suite great value for four people and has best views!

Jessica Campbell

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Zhiwa Ling or take a look at our itineraries to Paro

Description

Zhiwa Ling is quite unique in that it is the first truly Bhutanese owned luxury hotel. The aim of the owners was to blend harmoniously traditional Bhutanese design with the expectations of international guests. Over sixty local artisans were employed to lovingly handcraft its traditional exterior and interior design. When you enter the lobby, you will marvel at the ornate wooden carvings, intricate stonework and artwork. This traditional architecture and design flows throughout the hotel and rooms.

Zhiwa Ling has a main lodge, with eight two-storey cottages spread throughout its ten acre gardens. There are only 45 suites in total divided into Junior Suites, One Bedroom Suites and the two Bedroom Royal Raven Suite, all with excellent views over the Paro Valley. Rooms are sensibly furnished, with a gentle nod to Bhutanese arts and crafts - so expect creaky oak floors, hand-knotted rugs alongside vibrant bedspreads. Add to that satellite TVs (admittedly a little dated), WiFi and mini bar and you have exceptionally comfortable rooms to retreat back to after a day exploring Paro.

The Junior Suites are located in each of the stone cottages and you can be on either the ground floor (Mangolia) or upstairs with a balcony (Drugyel). We love the heated bathroom floor heating (great after a walk up Tigers Nest). There are two One-Bedroom Suites and are located in the main building and these come with a balcony. The two-bedroom Royal Raven Suite even has its own Buddhist shrine.

The hotel has two restaurants one serving international cuisine and the other serving classic Bhutanese fare. There is a spa complete with sauna, steam room and gym as well as a traditional hot stone bath. For those more spiritually inclined, there is a meditation hut and on the second floor of the main building, a Buddhist temple, complete with 450 year old timbers sourced from the famous monastery in Gangtey. There is also a cosy bar, Mad Monk, and for those favouring sobriety, you can wander to the Tea House.

Accommodation

There are 45 rooms in Zhiwa Ling split into Junior Suites, One Bedroom Suites and the two bedroom Royal Raven Suite. All rooms feature satellite television with DVD player, direct dial telephones, WiFi, safe and mini bar. Room service is available. The One Bedroom Suite and Royal Raven Suites come with their own butler.

Junior Suite

Located in eight different cottages and spread along a pleasant pathway the Magnolia and Drugyel Junior Suites have good views of the Paro valley and surrounding mountains. The rooms are fitted with either a Californian king size bed or two comfortable Californian queen beds. All bathrooms have a full size bath tub with separate shower. They have a sitting area with leather sofas and a private balcony. Two Juniper junior suites are located in the main building on the second floor with a Californian king size bed in each and separate bath and shower in the bathroom.

One Bedroom Suite

Located in the second floor of the main building these suites have a living room with balcony and a spacious bedroom. Both suites have views overlooking the hotel grounds and views of the Paro valley. With 157 square meters of space, this suite provides plenty of room for you to relax in. An adjoining Junior suite, with a connecting door, can be booked on request to accommodate families.

Royal Raven Suite

Two bedrooms, a large dining and sitting room, private porch, and with its own private shrine room the Royal Raven Suite provides the ultimate Bhutanese experience.

Facilities

Zhiwa Ling has two restaurants, a tea house, bar, meditation room and temple. The Mentha Spa contains a fitness center with sauna, steam room and gym and a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot stone bath.

Location & Directions

Paro, Bhutan

Zhiwa Ling is located along the Paro Chu Valley close to the famous Taktsang Lhakhang (Tigers Nest Monastery). It takes around 15-minutes to drive to the center of Paro town and the main Dzong and airport.

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.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Zhiwa Ling or take a look at our itineraries to Paro

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