On a forested knoll, this comfortable eight suite lodge has broad views of the valley floor and the dominant 16th century Gangtey Goemba. A winding track leads guests through the forest and descends to the lodge that enjoys sweeping views of the stunning valley landscape.
Six Senses Gangtey
In keeping with the brand's focus on wellness, Six Senses Gangtey boasts a dedicated spa featuring two swedana rooms designed specifically for herb-infused steam therapies. Every treatment starts with a journey of discovery and the inclusion of a sodalite crystal to set positive intentions through breathing and meditation. This is followed by Bhutanese chanting and singing bowls, promoting stillness, happiness and well-being.
The design is inspired by Bhutanese farmhouse architecture and incorporates local stone and hand-hewn timber. It uses traditional building techniques to blend with its natural setting. Dining areas along with a library and games room have been seamlessly incorporated.
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All in all, there are eight suites, each with a valley-facing, panoramic and private outdoor balcony equipped with daybeds as well as binoculars for bird watching. There is also a two-bedroom villa with its own private spa treatment facilities designed to pamper and relax. Interiors are subtle with uncluttered lines and a natural palette of earth tones and warm fabrics. Weathered timber floors and textured walls set the backdrop, while comfy leather armchairs and footstools invite guests to unwind after days spent trekking and exploring. Bukhari stoves and locally-woven throws add extra warmth to the star-filled nights.
The picturesque 17th-century Gangtey Goempa is a centre for Buddhist learning and meditation and the site of the colourful Black-Necked Crane Festival each November. There are also numerous nature treks and mountain bike trails winding through pine groves, alongside bubbling trout-filled streams and through fields lined with prayer flags.
Food and drink
When it comes to culinary offerings, the lodge's signature restaurant Baa Zam - "bridge" in Dzongkha - features hearty western and locally-influenced dishes, such as the Charred Pumpkin Risotto made with local short grained white rice and Bjobchee Takthuk, a signature Bhutanese pasta-like dish of organic potatoes and buckwheat from the valley.
Please note no one from Audley has visited this property. Although it does come highly recommended by our team on the ground and we confidently use the Six Senses brand in Bhutan.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Just past the village of Gangtey and on the edge of the stunning Black Mountains National Park is the Dewachen built in traditional style. Both the rooms and the cosy restaurant look out across the farm and Phobjikha valley. The wonderful setting and relaxed atmosphere make this a lovely place to stay.
Overlooking the surrounding valley, Gangtey Lodge offers 12 luxury farmhouse suites. Attentive staff and an overall feeling of luxury make this an ideal choice while staying in the Phobjikha Valley.