The Beauty Behind A Bhutan Getaway
My review of Bhutan as a country and vacation place is nothing but positive. Bhutan itself is a peaceful country that rests in the Himalayan Mountains in South Asia. The mountains are mostly tall and webbed by connecting rivers that supply the area with healthy forests and animal groups. Bhutan’s accommodation as the happiest place in Asia is purely accurate as the complete atmosphere assures zen in any region of the country.
Hotel Norbuling, Thimphu
As I review the Norbuling Hotel, I must note that the service is quick and the staff is friendly for such an affordable price. The location is right in the epicenter of Thimphu and stands out among neighboring establishments. I observe the elevating windows and quickly notice glows of gold shining throughout each room. Norbuling’s entrance to the lobby is very cozy, relatively small but enough size to feel comfortable. Paintings scatter the white walls as the scenery exudes a pure Buddhist atmosphere. Each room is spacey yet still loyal to the small and cozy feel. The design isn’t very luxurious, simplicity is the denominator of each room. TV’s are relative small compared to the rooms, but with fun activities just feet away, no time will be spent inside.
Music clubs, karaoke bars, restaurants flood the block of the Norbuling Hotel on Chang Lam street. The people are very social and they’re happiness is definitely contagious. I would suspect this part of town to be very noisy, but I did not have to compromise quiet due to the fact that the neighborhoods are as busy as a small American city during midnight. Although, in Thimphu, the hotel’s strip is the busiest place in town. I prefer spending time in the restaurants, along with the hotel restaurant. It may be a small area, but the food sure does make up for it. I recommend the spa, treatment is great and very reasonable at 25 USD. Acupuncture and deep tissue massages help you relax and satisfy that desire to feel internally balanced. You will most definitely leave this hotel with a smile on your face, great experiences, and respect for Buddhism.
Terma Linca Resort & Spa, Thimphu
Another hotel I recommend in Thimphu is Terma Linca Resort and Spa for 400 USD. Kissing the mountain and grazing the river, a view from any angle of the hotel will captivate you. Stoned pathways protect the light green plush grass. The door to the main entrance caught my eye, it was a painted mural of an artist’s perception of the valley. Walking along the path, you feel as if you are approaching a grey and light brown stone-on-wood castle. The main wing is constructed of glass and wood framing from top to bottom, showing the green surrounding and flowing river. The restaurant sits outside of the resort in this remote location. Nothing but vegetation, mountain and sky is visible from this part of town. One of the most peaceful places on my list. Sunsets and sunrises are a daily viewing miracle as the clouds dance in the clean sky. During the evening, viewing the stars from your room will be a nightly ritual, countless combinations of constellations make this place memorable.
The lobby opens up into wood paneled floors, vanilla walls and golden lights. Very simple, yet luxurious. The hallways are teased with wall art and rooms are large. The beds are a great size and the rooms have sitting areas supplied with sofas and hotel wi-fi. An elegant window directs your attention to nature and a scenery of greenery. The room expends romantic energy accompanying the mellow atmosphere. The activities in this hotel are endless.
A gym full of treadmills and elliptical machines add to the accessories of the vacation hotel. The spa is the best part of the hotel. Hot stone massages, hot stone baths, acupuncture, and whatever else the human body needs to relax every muscle is supplied to your pleasure. Very few buildings are near, and the hotel’s property is large to ensure a remote and private stay. Everyone you encounter on the resort is friendly and always reminding you that you are in good hands.
Rema Resort, Paro
My final review on Bhutan hotels is on the Rema Resort in Paro. Hidden behind meadows of tall flowers that resemble poppies, the hotel sits on a hill in an empty valley with a few buildings spotting the foreground. The main building and villas are mostly wood paneled with large windows and a beige secondary color. The villas spread wide and have a viewing advantage as they are just a little closer to the stars resting on a hill. There is plenty of space to roam and admire the diverse nature and the peacefulness of the calm city of Paro.
Outdoor activities include archery and darts to keep you outside and in the fresh Bhutan air. As the wind blows, the leaves sing in group unison. The rooms are armed with wood and spacious beds. This resort really focuses their rooms to feel as close to a villa room as possible. The elegance of design meets with the internal atmosphere in such a way that combines with the ambiance Rema Resort provides during your visit. Each one of these hotels deserve to be noted on their excellence in mastering zen and peace no matter the surroundings.