20 Jun 2018

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas: A project like no other in Bhutan

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is gearing up for the debut its fascinating new project in Bhutan – a collection of five stunning boutique lodges.

Six Senses Bhutan’s five opulent lodges will be located in some of the country’s most breath-taking locations, boasting their own unique character, environment and experiences. 

The first property, Six Senses Thimphu, will stand in the country’s vibrant capital of Thimphu and will reflect the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, thereby lending the name of ‘Palace in the Sky’ to the largest in the collection.  

Meanwhile, Six Senses Punakha, which graces the low-lying valley of Punakha, is influenced by the verdant farms and lush vegetable terraces across the valley, as well as the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan, to create a ‘Flying Farmhouse amidst Rice Fields’. 

Six Senses Gangtey will be situated in the glacial valley of Phobjikha, which is fondly called the ‘Traditional Birdwatching Bridge’ due to its principal bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley, where sacred birds roam freely.

The fourth of the boutique properties, Six Senses Bumthang, is situated in the central area of Bhutan and is warmly embraced by an evergreen pine forest. It perfectly fuses with trees and gardens, thus aptly named a ‘Forest in a Forest’.

And lastly, mystical Six Senses Paro will overlook the Paro Valley next to the ancient stone ruins of a dzong and will be referred to as ‘Stone Ruins’.

The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018, with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018, while the Gangtey and Bumthang resorts are scheduled to open in early 2019.

Mark Swinton, general manager, Six Senses Bhutan enthused on the project: “There is so much to explore in this enthralling Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural and spiritual beauty making a compelling choice.”

He continued: “With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric.”

Each location will comprise its own opulent spa and wellness centre, with unprecedented facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which it is set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang, to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or a treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. 

A focus on wellbeing is brought to life with programmes that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness in Punakha, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.