Six Senses to open five resorts in Bhutan

Six Senses Thimphu, Bhutan. Photo credit: Six Senses (Six Senses has planned to expand in South Asia with the opening of the Six Senses Bhutan in October 2018. )

Six Senses has planned to expand in South Asia with the opening of the Six Senses Bhutan in October 2018. 

Six Senses Bhutan is a set of five lodges—Six Senses Thimphu, Six Senses Gangtey, the Six Senses Bumthang and the Six Senses Paro—in the western and central valleys of Bhutan. The Thimphu, Paro and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 while the Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.

The Six Senses Thimphu—the largest lodge in the set—will be in Bhutan's capital city while Six Senses Punakha will be developed in a low-lying valley. The Six Senses Gangtey will be developed in the glacial valley Phobhikha. Its sister properties Six Senses Bumthang and the Six Senses Paro will be in central Bhutan. The Bumthang property will be developed in a pine forest while the new Paro location will be next to the Paro Valley and the ancient zone ruins of a dzong fortress. 

“There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural and spiritual beauty making a compelling choice. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric," Mark Swinton, GM of the Six Senses Bhutan, said in a statement.

The new resorts are Six Senses' latest additions to its portfolio in Asia-Pacific. The hotel company will have 12 resorts once the Six Senses Bhutan opens later this year, 10 of which will operate under the Six Senses brand.

The set of resorts is also slated to open ahead of the Six Senses St. Kitts, which is scheduled to open in 2021 on the island's western side near the capital city of Basseterre. Range Developments is developing the 70-room hotel on the site of a former sugar cane plantation.