Leki Guest House

This 20-room lodge run by Leki Wangmo and her family is one of Bumthang's oldest, offering basic and clean rooms for guests who appreciate a warm familial atmosphere and don't require anything too swank. The luxury here comes in the form of color: intricate wall paintings inside and out depict nature scenes, religious symbols, and auspicious animals like dragons and tigers. Rooms have solid blue ceiling beams and primary-color window frames painted with real care. It's a vivid, visual pleasure throughout.

Guest rooms are otherwise simple — twin beds separated by a low nightstand, walls lined in pinewood. Bathroom fixtures are modern with wall-mounted showers, hot water flows 24 hours, rooms are electrically heated, and room service is available. (Ask for rooms in the new building for the most up-to-date versions.) Staff can also arrange hot stone baths with herbs. The restaurant/bar serves excellent food that includes homemade biscuits and organic vegetables grown locally.

Leki Wangmo is an accomplished weaver, and examples of her exquisite scarves and kiras are displayed in the restaurant. Many of the textiles are for sale: a great way to take home cultural heritage you can touch. Leki also runs a weaving studio nearby that guests are welcome to tour. See their unique organic dye process in action and get your picture taken in traditional Bhutanese dress.

Leki Guest House is in greater Jakar, next to the Bumthang Chhu in Chhoekor valley, within easy reach of the airport. Can't miss Jambay and Kurje Lakhangs are also close by.