Amankora Paro is located in the Balakha Village, just 30 minutes from the Paro International Airport. Paro Valley lies at an elevation of 2,250 m above sea level. It is surrounded by pine forest and is the largest of the five Aman Lodges to be found in Bhutan.
Amankora Paro is a 24-suite retreat which pairs the rustic with the contemporary. The resort features natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and woodpanelled interiors. Suites provide travellers with a king-size bed, traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath. Lodge facilities include a living room, dining room, library and outdoor terrace, all warmed by fireplaces. The Spa overlooks the surrounding blue pine forest and herb garden and houses a glass-walled sauna, treatment rooms with hot stone baths, and a yoga and meditation room.
From Amankora Paro you can explore a number of monasteries and monuments within the valley, including the ruins of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong, however, the 8th century Taktsang, or ‘Tiger’s Nest’ is the most dramatic. This highly revered monastery is built on a sheer cliff face at a height of 2,950m. The hike to Tiger's Nest takes approximately 4hrs (with support donkeys on hand). The National Museum is well worth a visit, you can marvel at the Paro Dzong, a prime example of Bhutanese architecture, wander the 15th century Dumtse Lhakhang town temple with its altar and beautiful wall paintings or, on the outskirts of town, view one of the first Bhutanese Buddhist Temples - the twin temples of 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang.
Why we like it
- Views of the sacred mountain
- Jhomolhari glass walled living room
- Trek to Taktsang monastery
- The fire pit