With a dramatically beautiful setting on a hillside overlooking Punakha valley, Meri Puensum Resort offers a peaceful refuge with modern amenities and great views. The resort is about 5km outside of Punakha town and makes a good base for exploring area attractions like Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 and the seat of government for Bhutan for over 300 years until the third king moved the seat west to Thimphu in 1955.
Meri Puensum's brick exterior includes the traditional painted wood sconces and long overhanging eaves that mark traditional Bhutanese architecture. The rooms are large, clean, and elegantly spare, with large windows that flood rooms with light, attached baths and modern bathroom fixtures and bathtubs, cable TV, all wood paneling and furniture in sleeping/living areas, wifi, and room and laundry service. The dining/bar area serves Bhutanese, Continental, Indian and Chinese dishes and stocks a variety of local and international drinks. A vine-covered outdoor seating area has valley views over the river and rice fields nearby, and the property has other extra touches like the barrel drum prayer wheel near the entrance and a staff that is extra friendly and accommodating of guest needs.