Best hotels and hostels in Bhutan

  • Lodging in Bondey to Thimphu

    Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

    From the moment you select your bath products at check-in, it's clear that this five-star rural resort is all about the spa experience. Rates include a consultation with a Bhutanese traditional doctor and unlimited Bhutanese herbal treatments, featuring numtsug hot-oil compressions and kunye oil massages. The 24 luxury rooms, with either a balcony or a terrace, all offer bucolic views.

  • Lodging in Thimphu

    Amankora

    A 'less is more' philosophy presides at this exclusive five-star resort, Thimphu's finest, edging into the forest by a tinkling brook northwest of town. The graceful cluster of whitewashed buildings resembles a mini dzong, and stone-paved passageways lead past open fireplaces to elegant, wood-lined rooms with bukhari heaters, free-standing bathtubs and a touch of futuristic minimalism – Bhutanese-Nordic might be the best description.

  • Lodging in South of Thimphu

    Termalinca Resort & Spa

    Perched beside a peaceful stretch of the Wang Chhu, about 7km south of Thimphu, Termalinca packs a lot of comfort into its stone and timber buildings. Scattered around stone courtyards and beautifully tended gardens are multiple restaurants, a gym, spa rooms with a hot stone bath, and enormous wood-panelled rooms decorated in a modern-Bhutan-meets-dynastic-China style.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Thimphu

    Taj Tashi

    The striking dzong-like architecture of the five-star Taj Tashi fits effortlessly into the valley, and the elegant interior is full of Bhutanese motifs (note the dungchen trumpets as door handles). The understated rooms are full of dark timber and most have excellent views, particularly the corner suites and the four deluxe rooms with private balconies, where you can relax on a day bed.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punakha & Khuruthang

    Dumra Farm Resort

    With just six rooms, this rural retreat has an exclusive, relaxed vibe that offers the prefect antidote to a day's sightseeing. The main farmhouse has been converted into a wonderful top-floor suite and there are five other spacious rooms and a restaurant-lounge building, all set in lovely, peaceful gardens. Ask to have your breakfast served on the terrace overlooking Punakha Dzong.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Phobjikha Valley

    Gangtey Lodge

    This 12-suite hotel combines pampered but understated luxury and charming Bhutanese decor, with chunky farmhouse-style wooden beams and an earthy palette of dark browns and creams. All rooms share excellent views over the valley, even from the in-room bathtubs! It's a fabulous mix of style, design and traditional elements, and the Bhutanese food is some of the best in the country.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Paro

    Nemjo Heritage Lodge

    For something rural and exclusive, this lovely 70-year-old farmhouse is a tasteful blend of the traditional and stylish, offering just five comfortable rooms. The lower-floor rooms are overpriced but the two top-floor suites are good value for two couples or a family. Book ahead for the restaurant speciality, a Tibetan-style hotpot known as gyakok.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tang Valley

    Ogyen Chholing Heritage House

    The family living quarters of the superb and sublime Ogyen Chholing Palace have been renovated, with modern bathrooms (the best in Bumthang) and comfortable beds, while retaining period authenticity. All the rooms are different, reflecting the original, ancient building.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Thimphu

    Hotel Druk

    This understated but stylish place is the closest Thimphu has to a grande dame hotel, with an old-world charm that sets it above some of the pricier five-star hotels in town. It's right in the centre on Clocktower Square, and the grand rooms have free-standing bathtubs in open-plan bathrooms and subtle Bhutanese details that complement rather than clash with the belle époque styling.

  • Lodging in Upper Paro Valley

    Amankora

    'Designer dzong' is the theme here, with the half-dozen sleek, rammed-earth buildings secreted among the blue pines. The rooms benefit from the serene setting and muted home-spun fabrics, romantic open-plan bathrooms and traditional bukhari (wood stoves). It's certainly sleek and stylish, but it's hard to justify the price tag. Most guests are on a packaged Amankora multiday journey.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South of Thimphu

    Six Senses

    Set in carefully tended grounds high above Simtokha, the immaculate new Six Senses is effortlessly refined. There are no TVs in the graceful, timber-filled rooms, but with the sweeping valley views (including from the bathtub) and bukhari heaters, you won't mind. Everything is about peace and contemplation: an infinity pond reflects the sky, and a meditation room looks out over the valley.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Haa

    Lechuna Heritage Lodge

    This beautiful lodge occupies a wonderfully restored farmhouse of just seven rooms sharing five showers and four separate toilets. It's much more comfortable than it sounds because the renovation has been so careful to blend modern comforts with traditional style.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Trongsa

    Yangkhil Resort

    This resort, 1.5km west of Trongsa, is an excellent choice, with 21 rooms constructed in five blocks on a terraced hill facing the dzong. All rooms are clean and cosy with ample heating, a balcony and comfortable beds (no TVs). The gardens, with their lovely spring pear blossom, are an ideal place to relax, so arrange your itinerary for an early arrival.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Upper Paro Valley

    Zhiwa Ling

    This impressive complex, 8km from Paro, boasts an imposing central lodge and lobby, surrounded by a collection of stone towers. Antiques, plush sofas and a spa counteract the austerity (an indoor pool is under construction), and there's even a temple on the 2nd floor, built with 400-year-old pillars from Gangte Goemba.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jakar

    Jakar Village Lodge

    This hotel, situated down a quiet village lane below the dzong, is run by a former dzongdag (district administrator) who will regale you with stories as you sample his assortment of teas and freshly ground coffee. Guest rooms are spotless and beds are sumptuous, while the sunny terrace enjoys great views over the valley and up to the dzong.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Jakar

    Swiss Guest House

    It doesn't get more bucolic than this wooden farmhouse surrounded by apple and pear orchards on a hill overlooking the valley. In 1983 this was the first guesthouse in Bumthang, but there have been plenty of upgrades since then. Rooms in the new wing are spacious and warmed by bukharis, with comfy beds and clean bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Wangdue Phodrang

    Wangdue Ecolodge

    Sustainable initiatives lie at the heart of this stylish rural retreat of four cottages, from the biogas used for cooking dinner to the organic food in the farmhouse-style restaurant. The eight spacious rooms have wrap-around balconies or a terrace, and are decorated with the owner's fine photographs. The quiet, rural location is a 3km winding drive from Wangdue, above Ngashigaykha in the Rubesa district.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Phobjikha Valley

    Dewachen Hotel

    This impressive stone-and-wood building is a top choice for most travellers. The rooms are large and stylish (corner rooms are best), and the good restaurant has a warming bukhari (wood stove) and floor-to-ceiling bay windows that offer great valley views. The name refers to the 'Pure Land' paradise of the Buddha Amitabha.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Paro

    Tashi Namgay Resort

    This well-run three-star place, on the west bank of the Paro Chhu across from the airport, features great views of the Paro Dzong. Deluxe rooms are well sized and decorated with Tibetan carpets, while cottages are spacious, with their own sitting areas. Try for a riverside room. Beer lovers will appreciate the four draught microbrews from the next-door craft brewery. Service is excellent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Thimphu

    Namgay Heritage Hotel

    A top-end tourist-class hotel, Namgay Heritage is a riot of hand-carved timbers. The rooms are less traditional than the five-storey atrium, but are warm and comfortable, with murals on the walls. Perks include the quiet location away from the hubbub, a decent restaurant, a free sauna, gym and indoor pool, and a great bar across the courtyard serving draught beers, coffee and cakes.