While some of the other Aman properties are based on designs from dzong fortress monasteries, Amankora Punakha is a lovingly converted Bhutanese farmhouse, with a correspondingly intimate feel, and set in orange orchards and farmland with the ever-present mountains as a backdrop.

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The eight minimalist suites have a similar design to those at Amankoras Paro and Bumthang, with bukharis (wood-burning stoves) to keep them warm in winter.

Away from the rooms the vegetable dye stained painted farmhouse is home to the dining room and on the top two floors a series of meditation and relaxation rooms. There is a courtyard where guests eat in the summer months, that is if the chef hasn't been called away to cook for the king, as happened while we were there.

There is also a Tea Pavilion and a Spa with treatment rooms, a steam room and yet another yoga/meditation room on the top floor with views over rice paddies.

Activities on offer include instruction in meditation techniques, visits to Punakha itself, once capital of Bhutan, and most importantly to the local dzong fortress monastery. This beautiful example is arguably the finest in the country, strategically built at the confluence of the mighty Phochu and Mochu Rivers.

Why we love it

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Amankora Punakha is reached across a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu river where golf buggies are waiting to take you to what is, in our humble opinion, our favourite of the Bhutan Amans.

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Key Info

Number of rooms

8

Eco Rating

4

Location

Bhutan

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