Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is a five-star luxury property that was created with your well-being in mind. From the moment you arrive at the top of the Sanctuary’s windy road and walk into the serene courtyard, your experience will be transcendent. The staff guides you through a series of golden prayer wheels before leading you to a “transformation area” where two Thangka style paintings depict the Buddhist story of The Wheel of Life and the common Bhutanese folklore of The Four Friends, respectively. What the transformation ritual entails, is not for us to tell, but for you to discover and experience.
The Sanctuary sources most of its personal care products from a local Bhutanese company called Mudra. Upon entering in the lobby, you are asked to select from a display of all-natural soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, and shampoo bars for use during your stay.
The Sanctuary ensures an environmentally sustainable experience while not sacrificing any comforts. Filtered water is provided in refillable glass bottles, while in-room tea and coffee are provided in glass jars. Instead of stocking a minibar full of unhealthy packages snacks, a basket of fresh fruits and house-made baked goods is provided during your evening turn-down service.
Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is a wellness inclusive experience, meaning that all spa services are included in your stay. The Sanctuary has two in-house traditional Bhutanese medicine doctors, who provide private custom consultations to each guest. Traditional ku nye massage, moxibustion, and a variety of other special treatments are all provided at any time during the day. There is a small fitness room overlooking the Neyphu valley and a dedicated studio where guests can enjoy private yoga and meditation sessions on demand, all complimentary. A natural spring- water indoor swimming pool, hot stone bath, saunas and steam baths, round out the wellness offering.
Beyond the wellness amenities, there are several complimentary recreational activities as well. You can play archery and khuru (Bhutanese darts), or take a hike to a nearby monastery through the forest. There is even a dedicated pottery studio and art-teacher onsite for those wishing to spend their meditative hours throwing a pot or two.
The Sanctuary is concerned for the wellness of all sentient beings, not just its guests. They have initiated a special Dog Care Program, in collaboration with Bhutan Animal Rescue and Care (BARC), where they adopted all the free roaming dogs on their property and have a dedicated person taking care of them, and creating awareness among the staff and community on animal welfare. Those wishing to support this initiative during their stay have the opportunity to do so.
Finally, when you need some rest from exploring, you can retreat to your spacious room overlooking the valley (every room does), take a hot herbal bath in the well-equipped bathroom, or relax on your private balcony/terrace. The rooms feature custom-designed furniture, and several wellness-related accents such as an essential oil mist diffuser and a complimentary copy of “The Restful Mind” – a book written by a Bhutanese Rinpoche which has inspired the philosophy of the Sanctuary.
The restaurant, with stunning views of the valley, serves a wide vary of cuisines ranging from modern fusion to Bhutanese family style dinner. All with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.