Deriving its name from two words, ‘aman’ meaning ‘peace’ in Sanskrit and ‘kora’ meaning ‘circular pilgrimage’ in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora Bhutan (Aman Resorts) is a series of lodges sited throughout Bhutan’s principal western and central valleys. Each valley and lodge has its own character, setting and experience.
Near Balakha Village, 30 minutes from Paro town and the airport, Amankora Paro is located approximately 2,250m above sea level. The views take in 17th century Drukyel Dzong and stretch to 7,300m high, snow-capped Jhomolhari and beyond. There are six blocks with four suites each, two on the ground floor and two on the upper floor. The 24 suites are similar in design featuring natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-paneled interiors with a king-size bed, a traditional bukhari (wood-burning stove) and a large terrazzo-clad bath.
Steps rise to a large stone terrace that leads to the lodge’s Living Room that is furnished with banquettes and lounging chairs. Adjacent is the Library and a small Boutique and beneath is the Dining Room which opens on an external terrace overlooking a small stream. A track leads to a stone and timber terrace that contains a central fireplace that is surrounded by two lounging areas. On two levels, the Spa contains an arrival area, changing rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a glass-walled yoga suite. Steps lead to the lower level which includes one double treatment room and four single rooms, each fitted with a shower and unique outdoor stone bath.