It’s been years in the making and now Six Senses has unveiled its fifth and final lodge in Bhutan. Luxury adventurers can embark on a circuit around the Himalayan kingdom, staying in diverse accommodations across Bhutan’s western and central valleys, each designed around a specific theme. The five-valley Six Senses khamsa (“journey”) is a reflection of the hospitality brand’s values: a commitment to wellness, sustainability and unique, immersive experiences.
Six Senses Bumthang is called the “Forest Within A Forest” and is a celebration of trees (the accommodations were built around them instead of clearing them). The sacred heart of Bhutan, Bumthang is known for ancient monasteries in four pristine valleys carved by scenic rivers. Activities in the area include half and full-day treks to important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, a palace tour, excursions to local villages, not to mention a visit to the Red Panda brewery to try the local barley beer.
Six Senses Bumthang has eight suites with balconies overlooking the forested valley. In keeping with the tree theme, a pine sapling has been planted in a vestibule in the center of each suite. Traveling with friends or family? The two-bedroom villa has spacious living and dining areas alongside a spa treatment space. The lodge’s restaurant is called Tongtshang, or Pine Forest, and offers local dishes made with seasonal ingredients like freshwater algae, hazelnuts and mushrooms. True to Six Senses’ brand philosophy, the wellness treatments are rooted in the traditional therapies of the region; after a day of hiking, guests can try a dotsho hot stone bath or the Bhutan-inspired Hingsangsa Zoni bathing ritual which incorporates Himalayan salts.