Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Location: Central Bhutan | Bhutan

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Gazing out over the breathtaking Phobjikha Valley and Gangtey monastery, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge is a sumptuous bucolic retreat. This luxurious lodge is outfitted with modern amenities yet recalls the charm of Bhutan’s traditional farmhouses with its exposed stone walls and polished wood furnishings.
Perfect forGetting away from it all in the picturesque countryside of Bhutan.
In the knowThe Australian architect, Mary Lou Thomson, sourced fittings and furnishings from all over the world, like bath tubs from Colchester and wood-burning stoves from Switzerland.

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Eco-tourism
  • History & Heritage
  • Honeymoon

Hotel Overview


In the remote Phobjikha Valley in central Bhutan, close to the 17th century Gangtey monastery.

Rooms at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

There are just 12 rooms at the hotel, all of which are incredibly spacious. They feature exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, wood-burning stoves and free-standing tubs by the tall windows, which afford sublime views of the hotel’s surroundings. Modern luxuries like underfloor heating combine with authentic local handicrafts to create a spectacular haven.

Food and facilities

Guests dine together in the lounge with the valley as a stunning backdrop. Feast on lip-smacking Bhutanese dishes like slow-cooked pork and wild mushroom stew, otherwise you can opt for Western or Asian dishes. The hotel is peppered with cosy fireplaces, in the lounge or out on the terrace, so you can curl up and gaze out at the staggering scenery around you.

Activities at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

The Gangtey Monastery, the largest of the Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan, is not to be missed. The village encircling it is mostly inhabited by the 140 Gomchens and their families who preserve this sacred site. The hotel offers morning hot air balloon rides between September and October and March to May, sweeping over the lush pastures and dramatic mountains. Day trekking is a must when in Phobjikha, and bird-watchers will be thrilled to see the famous black-necked cranes here. You can learn more about these protected birds at the information centre nearby, complete with observation deck and kitted out with excellent telescopes.

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