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Amankora - a trip to remember part 4 of 4
Read Amankora Paro for part 1 Read amankora Thimphu for part 2 Read amankora Punakha for part 3 Overall, I think Aman lived up to their promise on a luxury experience of Bhutan. Aman is not your run of the mill tour operator. They pride themselves of exclusivity and this inevitably comes with a price. This is a very chaperoned way of experiencing Bhutan and it’s only free and easy to the extend that Aman will say yes to whatever you like to do at the moment. My partner observed how well and with flair the staff pronounce the words “ mostly certainly” as these must be the most common words used across Aman resorts.
Amankora Bumthang, with 16 rooms, overwhelms you with service and attention from the moment you arrive. You’re greeted by the manager and several staff, one carrying hot towels laced with lemongrass. They remember how you like your coffee and tea. Just ask, and it happens. Be sure to request a visit to the former royal chapel just behind the hotel. Heaven forbid you should carry anything, or open a door by yourself. Staff is ever present, but never intrusive. The spa has 3 treatment rooms and a steam room. Morning yoga is also recommended, and be sure to try the archery. Food is excellent and beautifully served. Want something special? Ask. And the rooms are large and immaculate. Whenever you return to your room, it has been tidied up. Amankora is not your budget choice, but if you stay here, you will understand what luxury is all about.
Aman knows how to treat their guests. We felt like family from the minute we entered. The staff is beyond helpful and friendly ! The room was divine..best shower in Bhutan! I didn’t feel well one day and the chef took extra special care for me preparing a simple diet. But the food was really superb. So much fun doing archery with the staff and other guests. I only want to stay in Aman resorts ! They are truly the BEST! Special thank you to property Manager !
As with all Amans, stellar standards of service, delightful personal touches and fantastic attention to detail. A very warm welcome - indeed, “Welcome home”. We were also fortunate enough to experience the outdoor bonfire and singing and dancing with local ladies and the chef on our first evening, replete with local cider hot toddies, hot water bottles placed onto our laps with blankets and hot snacks. The fact that an enterprising local dog broke a plate pinching the sausages I had left while I was dancing round the fire pit, just added to the memorable nature of the occasion! It was a wonderful evening. The food was excellent and it was delightful to have the opportunity to have breakfast outside in the warm sun, overlooking the surrounding village buildings and countryside. The room was large and supremely comfortable, if slightly dark. A charming and memorable touch was the blessing by a monk on our departure after our two night stay and we we very impressed by the manager who, at all times was very friendly and we thought dealt very calmly and helpfully with other guests who were understandably perturbed when their flight back to Paro was cancelled, due to technical difficulties (Something completely beyond the control of Aman, but please note that the flight is intermittently cancelled, due to sometimes weather conditions, too. Much safer therefore, as we were advised, not to depend on a flight back to Paro if you need to make an onward flight, but to fly to Bumthang from Paro near the start of a Bhutan tour, then gradually make your way back to Paro, in stages via Gangtey and Punakha, by road.) We had originally wanted to stay at all five of the Amankora lodges in Bhutan, but due to availability during their high season, even aiming to book 11 months before, could only accommodated at Bumthang. We absolutely adored our stay there, but having also stayed at the Gangtey Lodge, the Uma in Punakha and in a beautiful one bed villa at the Uma in Paro, were actually glad we had the variety. The rooms in the Aman lodges seem identical and overall the lodges have fewer Bhutanese touches, paintings, textile wall hangings etc. than the other properties we stayed at. We hiked past the Aman lodge at Gangtey, and drove past the one at Punakha. We both thought the setting and views of the Uma at Puniakha ( stupendous!) and from Gangtey Lodge were far superior, and we were very impressed by both properties. Mentioned just in case of use to others planning an overall itinerary in Bhutan. We are self confessed “Aman junkies” and have now stayed at ten of their wonderful properties, but this trip showed us there are some other very special places to stay, too. Our stay at Bumthang was just as glorious as at the others however! The road journey onto Gangtey from there was very long and quite the “road massage” our lovely guide described it as, but we are still very glad we visited the Bumthang valley, to see another, and very beautiful, quiet and rural part of the country.
Great stay at Amankora Bumthang during festival
We just wrapped up a three night stay at the Amankora Bumthang. The property was stunning and the service very friendly. It w I wasn’t sure how the two hour minimum comes into play for pick up / drop offs? as probably one of our top two favorite rooms during our stay in Bhutan (other was Gangtey Lodge). The room was spacious with half being bedroom / sitting area with nice window seat and the other half an open bathroom. I’m normally not a fan of the open bathroom but the layout works well here. The hotel has a very nice wine list and while the food was good we found the menu limited with not much variety compared to other properties during our stay (not sure if that’s an Aman thing or just Bumthang as we stayed at other brands elsewhere). That being said, they were very accommodating to requests if you wanted something different they could pull off and Rinzin, manager, even had them prepare buckwheat noodles (putta) for me for lunch one day as it’s a local specialty I had not had a chance to try during my visit. You even get a blessing by a monk for safe travels on your journey upon departure (especially important when flying in Bhutan!!).
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