Gangtey Lodge is the culmination of an adventure that began back in 2003 by owners Khin Omar Win and Brett Melzer. Founders of the iconic Balloons over Bagan and the remote Malikha Lodge in Northern Myanmar, they were invited to Bhutan to explore the possibility of ballooning together with their Bhutanese partner Yeshey Norbu.
Instead, when they came across the spectacular and unspoilt Gangtey valley, the seed was planted to create a luxury escape that not only helped to preserve Bhutanese rural life, but followed their philosophy to bring opportunity, training and skills into this remote community.
Taking their project management team from Myanmar, they embarked on a three-year journey to build a 12-roomed Bhutanese ‘Farmhouse’ that respectfully blended into its environment and enabled guests to connect with the natural surroundings and spirituality of Bhutan.
Mary Lou Thomson took on the role of Architect for Gangtey Lodge, in what was to be her first totally independent hotel project. Together, they shared the same passion to create a unique lodge that reflected Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.
They say that ‘Happiness is a place, and it is called Bhutan’.
At Gangtey Lodge we embrace Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness by pursuing a harmonious balance between respecting nature and promoting cultural preservation and sustainable development.
Our purpose is to create luxury escapes and amazing experiences that enable travellers to connect physically, spiritually, and emotionally with their surroundings. We believe that travel should be meaningful and positively impact the people and places that we visit.
Our mission is to empower and create opportunities for the local community through training and employment, and respecting the environment through our low impact design and green operational practices.
We invite you to reconnect with nature and hike the numerous trails through the valley, find spiritual enrichment through our experiences with the 17th Century Gangtey Monastery, and explore the rich culture of the local community, unchanged for centuries. Most importantly, our Gangtey Lodge Family look forward to creating lifelong memories by reconnecting you with yourself and your loved ones.
Gangtey Lodge is more than just a hotel, it is also our home. What makes us unique is our Gangtey Lodge Family, many of whom were involved in the construction of the Lodge. Our youthful team are eager to share stories about their culture and life experiences growing up in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Their beliefs are endless, and their answers are always genuine and thought provoking. Drawing upon their intimate knowledge and deep understanding of the valley, they have designed our experiences for you to explore the very soul and essence of Gangtey Valley.
Gangtey Lodge is more than just a hotel, it is also our home. What makes us unique is our Gangtey Lodge Family, many of whom were involved in the construction of the Lodge. Our youthful team are eager to share stories about their culture and life experiences growing up in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Their beliefs are endless, and their answers are always genuine and thought provoking. Drawing upon their intimate knowledge and deep understanding of the valley, they have designed our experiences for you to explore the very soul and and essence of Gangtey Valley.
Gangtey Lodge has been internationally recognised with several prestigious awards, from its respectful design to its authentic service and contribution to the community.
Boutique Luxury Hotels in the World’, in its annual 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards. “We are thrilled to be named #7 in Trip Advisor’s Traveller Choice’ Top 25 Boutique Luxury Hotels in the World”
“Nestled near a cluster of farmhouses on one of Bhutan’s endless rolling hillsides, Gangtey Lodge offers an ideal springboard to Himalayan adventures—and, though you can reasonably look forward to its small luxuries at day’s end, its remote location offers the ultimate antidote to your over-stimulated life”.
“Happiness is embedded in the founding principles of the Kingdom of Bhutan, where the country measures its progress through Gross National Happiness. The Gangtey Lodge is a natural extension of the country’s ethos, with immersive experiences and impactful programs designed specifically to incite happiness in all who arrive to this Bhutanese (…)”.
Gangtey Lodge is honoured to be named in Tripadvisors “Top 25 Small Hotels in Asia”, based on reviews from past guests.
Gangtey Lodge is voted 5th best hotel in Asia in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards 2017, by the luxury travel magazine’s readers.
Gangtey Lodge wins Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2014 Global Design Awards.
“Taking its cue from the 17th-century monastery a quick walk from its front door, Gangtey Goenpa slips discreetly and respectfully into its remote hillside location. Composed of two traditional farmhouse-style buildings connected by a single-storyhall (…)
“It may be a long journey to this remote new hotel in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but you know you’ve made the right decision from the second you arrive (…) Australian architect Mary Lou Thomson has created a seriously smart take on the rustic vernacular, with plenty of exposed stone, polished wood and local woven fabrics”.
Gangtey Lodge are winners of the 2018 Travellers
Choice Trip Advisor Top 25 Best Small Hotels in Asia.
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