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Dhensa Punakha

Punakha, Bhutan

Dhensa Punakha is a luxury 24-suite boutique hotel located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan. The resort enjoys a wonderful location surrounded by thick pine forest overlooking the valley, village houses and paddy fields.

At a Glance

  • Fantastic views over the Punakha Valley set within a pine forest

  • Understated modern design, but drawing on traditional Bhutanese architectural styles

  • Only 10-minute walk to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery where you can catch morning prayers

  • Opened in 2014, so the staff service levels are not fully developed

  • Good option if you don't want to spend the higher prices for Uma Punakha or Amankora Punakha but still want an excellent quality of accommodation

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Insider's View

Take your breakfast on the patio overlooking the valley. It's a lovely way to start the day.

Jessica Campbell

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Description

Dhensa is located on the hillside overlooking the Punakha Valley about a 15-minute drive from Punakha Dzong. Dhensa means 'Heavenly Abode' in Bhutanese. There are six cottages containing the suites, spread out on different elevations throughout the property linked by granite stairs (so expect a few steps here and there) all offering fabulous views over the valley. The cottages blend Bhutanese architectural traditions with simple modernity, blending understated white-washed walls with classic Bhutanese roofs.

The 45 square meter rooms themselves are light, airy and minimalist with neutral white tones and lead to large bathrooms containing a free-standing bathtub (with views) and separate shower. They all have small private balconies, and there are 15 suites with twin beds, and 9 with king beds. Expect flatscreen TVs and free WiFi.

Dhensa has one restaurant which serves both local and international cuisine, the food is excellent, although somewhat expensive by Bhutan hotel standards. There is a delightful terrace on which to eat out when the weather is milder.

There is a Spa which offers yoga, spa treatments in two double treatment rooms, steam room, sauna and an outdoor Bhutanese hot stone bath.

Accommodation is based on half-board but cash is required for extras, such as drinks, as the hotel does not currently accept card payments.

We love Dhensa's location and the quality of accommodation is excellent, though as Dhensa is a newly opened property, we have found that the staff are still learning and that the quality of service is mixed, but always friendly.

Accommodation

There are 24 suites (45 sqm), all offering private balconies. There are 9 King Size Rooms and 15 Twin Rooms.

Facilities

Dhensa has a restaurant, spa containing treatment rooms, sauna, hot-stone bath and steam room.

Location & Directions

Punakha, Bhutan

The resort overlooks the Punakha valley and is surrounded by pine Forrest.

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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