Gangtey Lodge offers a true escape in Bhutan
Nestled high in the eastern Himalayas, the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan is a remote, undiscovered destination and has subsequently managed to maintain its incredible natural beauty and traditional ways of life. Gangtey Lodge offers visitors a true escape from the Western hustle and bustle with a unique and exciting insight into the beautiful Gangtey Valley, with its spectacular setting and sweeping views, where the 17th-century Gangtey monastery – the largest school of Buddhism in the country – prominently sits in the landscape like a mystical, stunning structure. Gangtey Lodge acts as a luxurious base for many halves and full-day adventures and excursions. This exceptional and unique lodge is the brainchild of Brett Melzer and Khin Omar Win, who during the infancy of Myanmar’s tourism industry, established the first commercial hot air balloon operation in South East Asia – Balloons over Bagan. Brett and Omar pioneered the first white water rafting expeditions on the headwaters of the Ayeyarwady River. The accumulated expertise and experience formed the perfect basis for the project Gangtey Lodge in Bhutan.
The award-winning lodge was designed by Mary Lou Thomson, who has been creating unique interiors for boutique hotels and residences around the world, while always reflecting a clear understanding and incorporation of the culture, environment, and geography for each project. Gangtey Lodge was conceived as a luxurious Bhutanese farmhouse with unwavering attention to local culture, materials, craftsmanship, and design, resulting in a property that is uniquely Bhutanese but strikingly fresh and contemporary. Incredible floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge and dining area are carefully positioned to frame the exceptional Gangtey Valley vistas, while guests are being cocooned in a palette of warm reds and yellows with plush leather sofas and rich fabrics, local stone, dark wooden beams and fireplaces featuring prominently.