Apart from the breathtaking locations, decor, food, service, amenities, staff and, in Punakha, a gorgeous in-house retriever called Freddy, not much. Oh, except for the new helicopter adventure, a six-night itinerary staying in both properties that takes you to places rarely – if ever – visited by foreign travellers.
Surprisingly, for those who thought the Bhutan climate meant freezing temperatures, it’s a gorgeous tropical valley, with rice paddies and ancient temples, rhododendrons, jacaranda trees, cherry blossom and more. The drive there passes through vast tunnels of poinsettia, which grow year-round. It’s like Christmas every day. Breakfast on the lodge’s terrace is worth the trip alone for the views over the misty valley.