Would you like to discover the extraordinary? When experiencing the Himalaya-Kingdom of Bhutan with all if its facets, you should not miss the chance to stay in a real Bhutanese country house, which fulfills and clearly tops all expectations. Here, you are allowed to take a huge step back in time, away from the stresses and materialism of modern day life. In Bhutan, the right to be happy is even defined by law. The very fact, is reason enough to travel to the heart of the little kingdom between the countries of India and China. From here, the rest of the world seems far far away…
Bhutan often revered as the “land of the Thunder Dragon” or “Druk Yul”, is still regarded as one of the last “Shangri-La´s” in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, its spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. This country of rolling hills and towering peaks exudes a captivating charm unlike anywhere else. The mountains are magnificent, the forests are dense, the people are delightful, the air is pure, the architecture inspiring, the religion exciting and the art superb.
In November 2013 Gangtey Goenpa Lodge opened in the remote and spectacular Bhutanese valley of Gangtey, allowing even greater access to explore the undeveloped central and eastern part of the magical “Dragon Kingdom”. Situated above the imposing Gangtey Monastery or “Goenpa”, the lodge is inspired by the monastery itself as well as beautiful Bhutanese farmhouses dotted throughout the valley. The intricate design and attention to detail reflects the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan offering the most authentic and accessible luxury hotel experience in the country. Gangtey Goenpa is owned and operated by husband and wife team Khin Omar Win and Brett Melzer, the founders of Eastern Safaris, together with their Bhutanese partner Yeshey Norbu.
Eastern Safaris began as a concept in Myanmar to develop a series of unique luxury adventure experiences and was the company behind the iconic pioneering hot air ballooning operation – Balloons over Bagan. The vision was to create an authentic Bhutanese farmhouse inspired lodge that would blend quietly with its beautiful environment.
This has been perfectly brought up life by Australian architect Mary Lou Thompson and the result is an appearance that is simple and unimposing, built using local material and techniques. From each window its position offers a spectacular view and story on enchanting valley life. Within the twelve beautifully furnished guestrooms, each room features a Swiss fireplace and handcrafted freestanding bathtubs next to a cozy lounging area. The focal point of the lodge is an informal, cozy lounge and dining space with wall to ceiling views of the valley below. Plush leather sofas and rich fabrics invite guests to share the day´s adventures around two impressive stone encased fireplaces. The lodge acts as the perfect jumping off point for a range of daily activities and excursions including mountain biking and treks through pine forests and upland pastures to remote communities.