Dhensa Boutique Resort

High up on a hillside on the road to Talo Lhakhang, Singaporean-owned Dhensa is one of the Punakha Valley's newer luxury hotels. Dhensa has a light-filled library that is perfect for reading and daydreaming, a small conference center that can accommodate 12 attendees, and a tranquil spa. A multilingual host is on duty around the clock and USD currency exchange is available.

Beyond the hotel's physical attractions, however, what makes Densa stand out is their friendly and attentive staff who will do their best to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one. They are happy to create tailored personal encounters for their guests from a range of outdoor activities, available according to the season, which may include trekking, river rafting, private picnics, barbeques, and sightseeing within Punakha district.

Twenty-four beautifully pared-down rooms are housed in six stylized traditional cottages, each room having its own private balcony overlooking the thickly forested slopes below and an en-suite bathroom. All are deluxe suites — nine with king size beds and the other 15 with two twin beds — and come with floor-to-ceiling windows, satellite flat screen TV, bathtub overlooking the valley and a separate shower stall, heating units, safes, minibars, room and laundry service, and free wifi.

The restaurant serves a range of cuisines — the chef is happy to tailor his menu to suit your tastes — in a dining room that makes a panoramic spot to eat at any time of day. Some guests have said it's the best food they were served during their visit to Bhutan. It's open from 7 am to 10 pm and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dhensa also has a bar with a wide range of domestic and international liquor brands.

Kibu Spa is housed in a private cottage on the grounds and offers a variety of international massage types. There are two fully-equipped couple treatment rooms overlooking pine forests, a sauna also with a pine forest view, a steam room, and an outdoor wood-fired hot tub. The spa cottage is open daily from 7am to 10pm.