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Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

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Neyphu Valley, Shaba, Paro Bhutan
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The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is the first and only 5-star traditional spa-inclusive resort in Bhutan. Find more balance between your body, mind, and spirit using our traditional Bhutanese spa treatments. Enjoy the benefits of consultation by one of our traditional Bhutanese medicine doctors, traditional massages, herbal treatments, yoga, meditation, hot stone baths, and forest bathing. The perfect choice for travelers seeking the essence of Bhutan. Avoid long car drives or the need to change accommodation, and still, get the most of your Bhutan discovery journey. We can arrange hikes in the Neyphu valley, a visit to Thimphu, the capital of the Kingdom, a climb to the world-famous Tiger’s Nest, and many other day trips. The best location to enjoy all-inclusive culinary surprises. Enjoy our food-inclusive concept of healthy breakfasts, 4-course lunches, 6-course dinners, all snacks, and drinks (excluding alcohol). All food is prepared according to the farm-to-table concept by our Bhutanese Executive Chef. You can enjoy your meals at any moment and at any location you wish.
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Free parking
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
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Airport transportation
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Infinity pool
Pool with view
Indoor pool
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Yoga room
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Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Darts
Walking tours
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Spa
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
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Steam room
24-hour security
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Concierge
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
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Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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iciclecube wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary was our last stop for our 10 days trip in this magical Kingdom. When we arrived at the Sanctuary we were greeted by Oscar and others at the front door. They could not have been nicer and more welcoming! Specially need to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Thinley, the TCM Doctor. Her Therapy not only treat our body but our mind as well. Together with Chef Barash, we consider him the best chef during our trip in Bhutan. His dishes were delicious, beautiful and creative. We stayed 3 nights, a place we do not want to leave as they made us home. Highly recommended, an all inclusive experience that all therapy, laundry, and activities are in the package.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Responded 6 May 2020
Dear iciclecube, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us and fellow travelers. Our family is glad to read your review. Our concept has always been to make our guests feel like home with main focus on wellness and healthy cuisines. Very pleased to learn that you felt that way. We hope to welcome you back in the land of happiness in the near future. Till then, please stay well and be safe. Warm regards, Oscar Aung Hotel Manager
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Lanka320 wrote a review Feb 2020
Honiara, Solomon Islands32 contributions20 helpful votes
I can only agree with and confirm the many previous five star reviews. It is just as good as they say it is. I just came back from my second stay at the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, and while it was terrific already last year, it is even better now. The chefs have gained confidence, and the food now is not only delicious and nutritious but also spectacularly creative. The traditional medicine doctors offer practical advice and interesting information about how herbs and plants can help treat common ailments. The staff, yes all of them, exemplify Bhutanese kindness, generosity and warmth. Some staff in high-end hotels tend to try just a little too hard, and then it becomes awkward. Not so at the Spirit Sanctuary. Here hospitality comes naturally; nobody is overdoing it. That also contributes to ease and relaxation—excellent care and attentiveness with a light and elegant touch.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 11 May 2020
Dear Lanka320, It was such a pleasure to have you at the Sanctuary once again. We are so pleased to read your kind review. We do not try to place strict procedures and manuals while maintaining professionalism so that our team members feel light and can serve the guests with genuine Bhutanese hospitality. We hope to welcome you back soon when these tough times are over. Please stay safe and see you again. Warm regards, Oscar Aung Hotel Manager
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brubros wrote a review Feb 2020
San Francisco, California13 contributions21 helpful votes
From the expansive and very comfortable rooms, to an impressive indoor pool and wellness services, to extremely personable services and top notch tour of the surrounding land and Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary ends up being among the top of the top of experiences.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Room Tip: Bring swimsuit. The under promoted indoor swimming pool is quite large and beautifully laid out...
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Response from Discover52207523650, Hotel Manager at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Responded 11 May 2020
Dear brubros, Trust you are well. Pleased to learn that you enjoyed all our services and facilities at the Sanctuary. We appreciate your kind words and we will strive to be even better. Hope to welcome you back again in the near future. Best regards, Oscar Aung Hotel Manager
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Angela S wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions4 helpful votes
The room was beautiful and the all inclusive spa was divine. The service at the spa contributed to a fruitful stay. The staff were very attentive and meticulously planned our treatments over the stay. However, the restaurant had limited food options (set menu every evening) and the food was quite subpar for such a fine hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Discover52207523650, General Manager at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Responded 30 Apr 2020
Dear Angela, Thank you for your constructive feedback. Sorry to hear our food concept was not up to your liking. Our concept is based on showcasing our Executive Chef talent, however if his style of food does not suit our guests preferences we very happily provide any style of Asian or other cuisine. With best wishes, Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Claire S wrote a review Oct 2019
Paso Robles, California13 contributions2 helpful votes
All I can say as I would love to live at this very special Spirit Sanctuary. The Serenity and the beauty of the hotel, spa and dining room will always be on my mind. The food was so very excellent and beautifully presented by the warmest, kindest staff. The guestrooms are so very spacious, comfortable and well appointed. The traditional doctors in the Spa were outstanding and so helpful. We loved all the spa treatments and the Hot Stone Bath! Wonderful beyond these words.....
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Discover52207523650, General Manager at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Responded 13 Nov 2019
Thank you so much for your kind and inspiring comments which I will make sure to share with our Zatsang (Family). We strive to offer our guest unique and authentic experiences and so pleased to read that you enjoyed our concept. Hope to welcome you again to our Sanctuary in the near future. Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Clare E wrote a review Oct 2019
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Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary takes your wellbeing seriously. From the moment I arrived with friends -- at the front door by almost the entire staff--to the time I left, I felt deeply taken care of. The setting is in Paro (my favorite place to visit in Bhutan) near the top of the hill. Architecturally, it's both elegant and simple. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with big solid beds and a lovely seating area. Everyone who arrives gets a consult with one of the resident healers who recommends a treatment plan for anxiety, insomnia, whatever it is that ails you. Happily the treatments include fantastic full body massages, herbal baths, and something called moxbustion, and more. The chef is truly inspired. He is an artist who takes his cues from the local food and creates visually appealing and really really delicious several course meals. Easily the best food we enjoyed in Bhutan. So glad we decided to end our trip here!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Responded 30 Apr 2020
Dear Clare, Thank you for your comments and pleased to read you enjoyed our Sanctuary and the services we offer. Our Executive Chef Parash is indeed a real talent and it is great to hear you enjoyed his creations. We will be expanding well-being treatments in our traditional spa which are all inclusive, with some natural and Bhutanese herbs based beauty treatments. We do hope to welcome you back to our Sanctuary in the near future. Best. Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Joey Russell wrote a review Oct 2019
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I recently traveled to Bhutan for a short trip. I wanted to relax for a few days in a new country and hopefully unwind at a spa. I found this place online the only all inclusive with a reasonable price in the area. Well, it was heaven. The location, the amenities, the amazing food are all top level. The people taking care of the hotel are exceptional including the two managers, Jorg and Oscar. Every single person references you by name and seems genuinely interested to know how your stay is going. The rooms are lavish and the views from the room are exactly what I needed. The spa was wonderful and the treatments were all included, which I had never seen before in such an all inclusive. In fact everything was included. Everything. It was one of my best experiences at a hotel/resort. Not to mention Bhutan is amazing and my hike to Tigers Nest was out of this world.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Responded 13 Nov 2019
Dear Joey, Thank you for your positive and inspiring review. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your short get away to our Sanctuary so much. We all loved having you as our guests and the team and myself have fond memories of you. I do hope you have to opportunity to visit us again on one of your next work trips to the region. With best wishes, Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Anita wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia1 contribution2 helpful votes
My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful stay at the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary. This is a relatively new establishment (opened Aug 2018) located in the beautiful hills of Paro, Bhutan. Close enough to town for easy accessibility but far enough to enjoy nature and a sense of peace. The Sanctuary is located on an open property with no fences or walls so there is a feeling of spaciousness and connectedness with the natural surroundings. The price point may initially seem high, but it includes quality accommodation and many high-standard inclusions such as fine-dining experiences and body treatments. The Sanctuary tries to promote high ethical standards in the way it is run. They contribute to many local projects and within their hotel they try to provide sustainable low-impact amenities for their guests such as Bamboo toothbrushes, hand-made soaps etc… We decided to stay at the Sanctuary for almost one week and remain in Paro and base ourselves at the Sanctuary for the week. We wanted a restful holiday and did not want to be packing and unpacking every second day or worrying about itineraries so staying in one place was the best decision we made! Bhutan is a unique country. It has a small population where the people are striving to live ethically and mindfully. To really get the most of your stay, you need to appreciate the importance of spirituality in the Bhutanese culture and how this contributes to the levels of peace in their society and their quality of life. It does not matter which time of year you go. We did not realize that although Bhutan is situated at a high altitude, it is near the equator so the temperatures were milder than expected. Many of the festivals take place in September and October but you can check the timing and location of various festivals throughout the year on the net. Even before we arrived, we had regular contact with Jeroen from the Sanctuary who helped us with planning our trip- our itinerary, flights etc… We were able to meet Jeroen in person at the Sanctuary and were grateful for his continued care and attention during our stay. We are sure Jeroen’s organisational skills and attention to detail help maintain the high standards of service and presentation at the Sanctuary. We are also grateful that Jeroen extended the opportunity for us to stay in one of the Terrace rooms, which was well appointed, spacious. During our stay, we also met Jorg the general manager of the Sanctuary and Oscar who were very friendly and happy to chat. On the first day, the doctor at the Sanctuary, Tashi, who specialises in Eastern medicine provided a consultation. With the information provided she was able to formulate a treatment regime for my husband and myself. I get migraines and neck tension whereas my husband suffers from lower back pain. Every day we received some form treatment- daily massage and other Eastern treatments to release our muscle knots; yoga and guided meditation are also available. All the treatments were at no additional cost as they are included as part of your stay at the Sanctuary (incidentally, even laundry is included). Because we were able to have treatment over a week instead of just one or two days, by the end of our stay, our muscles felt completely relaxed and restored. We were also mindful of our intention to rest and heal so we did not overly plan our days or book too many activities. It was like a mid-life reset button- one whole week to rest, eat well, heal our bodies, quieten the noise in our busy minds. Even now that we are back from our holiday, some of the effects are retained and we continue to apply what we have learned in our daily lives. Our guide Samdrup was amazing. He contributed majorly to our experience of Bhutan and we are so grateful to him. He is an extremely knowledgeable, considerate and humble young man. As well as being a professional serious trekking guide, he took us to places of interest in the local area. Sampdrup also organised a day-trip to Thimphu to experience one of the local colourful festivals. In Thimphu, we visited the Cordyceps Tasting House run by Rabsel and Penjo which is near the Textile museum. We shared tea made from a rare mushroom grown in the Himalayas. Our driver Singye worked in partnership with Samdrup and was also very respectful and a great, safe driver whom we felt very comfortable with. He even tried to accommodate our music taste in the car but I think we all agreed Metallica perhaps did not suit the peaceful mountain vista on our drive! The food at the Sanctuary is exceptional. In addition to an amazing selection of dishes that can be specially prepared for you for breakfast, every day there is a 5 course degustation lunch and a 6 course degustation dinner which is varied every day. The young chef Parash Cheyri is Bhutanese and overseas-trained and extremely talented. All the produce used is organic, seasonal and the chef utilises produce from the Sanctuary’s garden. The menu is delicious but also mindful of health and nutrition with regard to portion-size and ingredients. Every night there is some type of goodnight surprise treat delivered to your room. I particularly remember a chocolate truffle that was so low in sugar it was surprisingly almost savoury and extremely delicious. There is also a novel “Tea Bar” in the dining room where an amazing ray of tea infusions can be prepared for you to enjoy. The staff at the Sanctuary are a special group of people. They are genuinely friendly, always smiling and happy to help in any way. We fondly remember Chimi who was initially shy but after a short time had the courage to approach us and was happy to share his knowledge of Bhutanese culture. We also appreciated the smiling faces of Karma, Pema, Nitup, Nima, Torjipuntsho, Tshering, Jamuna and Nidu, who also made us feel very welcome with their kind attention and conversation. We apologise for any misspelling and staff we have not mentioned- a little suggestion, which may be helpful, would be name tags for the staff ;)!! People travel to Bhutan for different reasons. Some people look to thoroughly immerse themselves in local culture and stay in family homes, or for serious challenging trekking. We went to Bhutan in our hectic mid-life needing to press the Stop button on life. We needed a space for “intensive” rest, contemplation and healing for our bodies to start to undo decades of tension. The Sanctuary was the right place for us. And what is unique about the Sanctuary compared to similar resorts in other countries, is that when you step out of the Sanctuary into the mountains and towns of Bhutan, that feeling of peace is supported by the faces of the people you see around you, by the beauty of the nature that is being respected and carefully preserved and the ethics by which this society is trying to live.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Responded 13 Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thank you so much for your extensive and joyful review which I was delighted to share with the team. It certainly encourages us to continue to focus on creating memorable and authentic experiences for our guests. It always give me great pleasure to see that our guests enjoy the interactions with our staff as they are what makes our Sanctuary so special. We do hope to welcome you back to our Sanctuary in the near future. With best whises, Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Jill L NZ wrote a review Sep 2019
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My sister and I had a night here after our 7 day tour of Bhutan - it was real treat. They take inclusivity to a new level - including an amazing six course dinner, massages, TCM treatments, pottery....we ran out is time to do it all. The price was about USD800 for the night, which felt like great value with all that was included (and less than half of what we’d been quoted by Amankora). Thanks Raven Tours for the recommendation.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Discover52207523650, General Manager at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Responded 28 Nov 2019
Dear Madam, Thank you for your positive and constructive feedback and pleased to hear you and your sister enjoyed your short stay as much. We do indeed feel we offer exceptional value amongst the luxury hotels in Bhutan and our all inclusive offer of food, activities, well-beinng... gives our guests a care free and authentic experience. With warm wishes Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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Tashi Schmidt wrote a review Sep 2019
Washington2 contributions
My sister, nephew and I stayed there for a night to try out the property. I wish we had time to stay longer but will be sure to go back again! The property was beautiful, the rooms so comfortable, the staff was amazing and the food was out of this world! I would highly recommend Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary for anyone visiting Bhutan or even for the people in Bhutan looking for a nice getaway!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Discover52207523650, General Manager at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Responded 28 Nov 2019
Dear Sakten Tours, Thank you for your review and happy to read you enjoyed your stay with us, We are indeed welcoming guests from abroad as well as from Bhutan and do offer a nice serene environment to enjoy this amazing country. With best wishes. Jorg Weytjens General Manager
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$772 - $1,030 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
Which popular attractions are close to Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Nearby attractions include Rinpung Dzong (6.7 km), Paro River (6.7 km), and Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mountain Cafe, Champaca Cafe, and Brioche Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary have airport transportation?
Yes, Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and conference facilities during their stay.