For experience-hungry travelers, the kingdom of Bhutan remains the last frontier. Closed to the outside world for centuries, the "Land of the Thunder Dragon"—high in the Himalayas— has become the destination of choice for adventurous travelers looking to discover off-the-map spots. In recent years, Bhutan has seen the opening of a network of luxury lodges from where travelers can explore the country’s natural and cultural riches. The latest is the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, located above the Gantey Monastery in the Gangtey Valley, a protected habitat with rare species like the black necked crane.
After a soft opening in June, the farmhouse-styled lodge officially opens this month with 12 guest rooms inspired by the country’s heritage and local culture. Beyond the lovely design, each room comes equipped with a Swiss fireplace and standalone bath tub. In the lounge, floor-to-ceiling windows frame gorgeous valley views. Recreational activities include trekking and mountain biking to remote communities. Guests are in good hands at the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge; the GM team, Patricia and Christopher Liebe, come from Ritz-Carlton and the Waldorf-Astoria. For more information, visit www.easternsafaris.com/bhutan_accommodation.html