Le Méridien Paro

An oasis of luxury accommodation in the Paro valley, the new Le Meridien hotel offers outstanding service and a wealth of high-class amenities in a scenic natural setting alongside the Paro Chhu river. The exterior is traditionally beautiful, with textured gray stone, tan wooden trim carved into elegant designs, and thick, powerful pillars adorned with carvings of dragons and auspicious symbols. Inside, the lobby opens into an immense space with black stone floors, classical Bhutanese artwork, cozy seating areas, and a cafe serving local specialties as well as world favorites. Altogether, the design of Le Meridien is sleek throughout, and exemplifies the wonderful integration of earthy rootedness and lofty spiritualism that so defines Bhutan.

High ceilings and tall windows fill the place with natural light, rich wooden paneling lines the hallways, and (take note!) all rooms face the river. There are 59 rooms in total, arranged in a curve centered around a large stupa in a courtyard by the riverbanks. This stupa features a sun and moon at its crest and a majestic statue of Tara inside — the Himalayan goddess of divine feminine wisdom. An altar room graces the fifth floor, directly overlooking the stupa and river. The hotel puts on a ceremony every evening in this extraordinary courtyard, with a procession of dancers presenting movement, tunes from singing bowls, and fire offerings.

All rooms have heated bathroom floors and mirrors, flat screen TV’s, both wired and wireless internet, safes, tea and coffee, and minibar. A separate building contains a full fitness center with an extensive array of weights and exercise equipment, and a beautifully spacious indoor pool area with comfortable seating and food/drink service available poolside. The spa here offers sauna and steam rooms as well as creative body treatments, various massage modalities, body wraps, aroma therapy, and traditional spa options. Outside, sunbathing areas on the ground floor as well as the rooftop give guests lovely choices for enjoying summertime warmth and savoring the delicious food options available.

The dining options at Le Meridien are outstanding. Latest Recipe, open all day long, serves world-class delicacies from an open kitchen in the center of a restaurant decorated in elegant modern fashion. Bamboo Chic, serving dinner only, innovates with creative Pan-Asian treats. Latitude 27°23’ (adjoining the lobby area) serves food and coffee during the day, turning into a lovely bar and lounge by night. Food can be catered on the rooftop, where there is a bar and barbecue area; the hotel can arrange exciting cultural events here.

Overall, Le Meridien in Paro is a clear choice for discerning guests seeking fine dining, luxurious comfort, attentive service, and all the amenities in a stunning location.