It’s the trip of a lifetime, the one that marks the beginning of a new exciting life chapter – your honeymoon! After all the wedding planning, it’s time to finally take some time for you and your soulmate to relax and enjoy your newly formed union. But with so many wonderful locations in the world, it can be hard to choose.
The world has a lot to offer those who want to bask in sunlight on a crystal blue beach, but what about those looking for something a little different? A little adventure, cultural authenticity, and untouched natural beauty? You might be surprised to hear Bhutan could be the perfect honeymoon destination for you. Below are four reasons why you should consider the Last Himalayan Kingdom for your big trip.
1. Limited Tourism = Preserved Culture and Beauty
The Bhutanese government actively controls the flow of visitors into the Land of the Thunder Dragons by only admitting a certain amount of foreigners in each year. This means you won’t be bombarded by tourists crowding beautiful monasteries, temples, and trails, but more importantly, you will get to see this majestic country completely in its natural state. And with a population under one million, it will feel like you and your honey have this land of mystery and magic all to yourselves!
2. Know Your Budget and Stick to It
The Bhutanese have mastered sustainable tourism in a way that is in line with their Gross National Happiness philosophy. The minimum $250 per day tariff may sound high, but it includes everything from lodging and transportation to food to your own English-speaking official guide. After all the wedding planning, knowing exactly what you will be spending on your honeymoon affords a new couple some peace of mind.
Bhutan is bisected by one road that connects the major cities and allows for a scenic drive between each locale. Though you can certainly go off the beaten track, the main areas for tourism are Thimphu (the capital), Paro (home to the airport), Punakha, Bumthang, Haa Valley and Gangtey. Due to the concentration of tourism, some hotels have chosen to build lodgings in the main areas. You can choose to stay at all the same sister properties, ensuring a uniform and consistent experience, or mix it up to get a diverse experience. Whether you have 5 days or 12, we can create the perfect itinerary that is as unique and active as you are. The choice is yours!
Amankora, Bumthang Lodge Courtyard
4. Awe-Inspiring Accommodations
With a ban on non-traditional architecture, your accommodations will help to fully immerse yourself in the Bhutanese experience. Bhutan is home to some of the most amazing accommodations, perfectly showcasing the extraordinary wonders above and beneath this treasured land. Amankora has created a series of luxury lodge resorts, all creatively unique and sympathetic to their environment. With lodgings in Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gantey, and Bumthang, you can certainly explore “The Happiest Place on Earth” in style.
COMO Uma, Punakha
If wellness is more your focus, we suggest checking out COMO Uma. With properties in Paro and Punakha, be prepared for breath-taking décor and vistas, top class service and amenities, and soothing spa and wellness treatments. Take in the sights with a private helicopter tour, and make your way to Labtama Valley, where you will be one of few to visit the isolated Turquoise Lake. Here you might catch a glimpse of the rare “blue” sheep and get some stunning photos to make your Instagram followers insanely jealous.
Taj Tashi Thimphu
Other great accommodations throughout the country include Taj Tashi and Terma Linca Resort in the capital city of Thimphu; Gantey Goenpa Lodge; the Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paro; Dhensa in Punakha valley. Or, if you have some time, inquire about the new Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas opening up in the five main destinations: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Each location will have its own theme that will take you on a journey through all your senses. All locations will be within 5-6 hours drive from each other and are slated to open at the end of 2018.
5. Activities Galore
Aside from stunning visuals of the snow-capped Himalayas, there is a lot to do in Bhutan. Hike up to the famous Tiger’s Nest or Taktsang Monastery, one of the most sacred temples nestled on the side of a mountain. Time your trip to coincide with one of the many Bhutanese festivals held each year, typically known as Tsechu. Attend these religious celebrations and mingle with the locals to eat, dance and receive blessings. For the more active couple, you may choose to see the country by trekking or on two wheels. Biking has become a very unique and intimate way of immersing yourself in the country, people and environment. For the naturally inquisitive, there are many interesting museums, both big and small. Simply Bhutan and the Folk Heritage Museum can keep one entertained for hours.
And for a truly unique experience, visit the National Post Office in Thimphu. For a small fee, you can get your own personalized stamps. You can even bring in your own images or have your photo taken to memorialize your trip forever. A picture of yourselves may be the perfect personal touch to make those thank you cards even more special!