Amankora Bumthang is in exalted company, sharing the Choekhor Valley with 29 ancient temples and monasteries and sitting pretty next to the first two King of Bhutan’s Wangdichholing Palace in Jakar town.

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The old palace apple and pear orchards surround the Aman, and arrivals pass through a dzong (fortress monastery) style hallway before heading to one of 16 suites situated on two floors. Like in the other Amans, the suites have wood panelled interiors, traditional bukhari stoves, king size beds, terracco clad baths and daybeds.

There is a comfortable library and living room next to a courtyard that abuts the palace gardens and where guests can eat outside in the summer months. Otherwise meals are in opulent high ceilinged dining room. The spa has three treatment rooms and a steam room.

Away from the Aman there are several wonderful short treks to the many dzongs, temples and palaces in Bumthang, and also the Red Panda beer brewery - Bhutans' only one - to visit. Finally, and rather surreally, there are herds of Swiss cows nearby who make an excellent cheese and we can arrange a tasting.

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So close is Amankora Bumthang that access is through the palace sports grounds, so watch out for errant arrows from the archery range. Not that Bhutanese archers ever miss.

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Key Info

Number of rooms

16

Eco Rating

4

Location

Bhutan

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