Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is delighted to welcome its very first member hotel in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Perched above the mystical Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley with sweeping views of towering mountains above and the valley floor below dotted with traditional farmhouses and the occasional yak, multi-award-winning Gangtey Lodge delivers a genuine and authentic experience in one of the world’s most undiscovered destinations.
Designed in harmony with the local village and its famous 17th-century monastery, the Gangtey Lodge resembles a traditional farmhouse with its Bhutanese-style pitched roofs and arched window frames. The main lodge captures the vibrancy of Bhutanese artwork and monastic design, accented by murals and carvings created by local artists and masons which reflect images and landscapes from the valley. Its 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with their own sweeping views of the valley below, a homely fireplace and spacious private bathroom, reflect Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with warm fabrics and earthy red and yellow furnishings. National styles are complemented with international luxuries such as slate underfloor heating, Swedish log-burning stoves and English roll-top baths, ensuring a cosy viewing platform even when a winter mist rolls through the valley. The lodge is very eco-friendly and designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Local, recycled and eco-friendly materials were used in the construction, the building has been designed for maximum energy efficiency, wastewater is recycled, and food waste is composted.