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Bhutan Travel Secrets: Zhiwa Ling Hotels, where culture meets comfort, two perfect gateways

The Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, Paro
The Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, Paro

Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, a Condé Nast top pick in Asia, offers luxury accommodation, cultural richness, and natural splendor in Bhutan.

PARO, BHUTAN – Nestled in the enchanting landscapes of Bhutan, Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel stands as an epitome of luxury and cultural immersion. Voted by Condé Nast as one of the top 12 hotels in Asia, the hotel is just a brief 10-minute drive from Paro International Airport, this world-class 5 star hotel boasts intricate Bhutanese architecture and warm soft interiors, creating a harmonious blend of heritage, tradition and elegance.

Set on 4 lush hectares of countryside with views of the surrounding mountains, this tranquil hotel in multiple stone buildings with ornate woodwork is 4 km from the Paro Taktsang Tiger’s Nest sacred cliffside temple complex and 15 km from Paro Airport.

Casual suites have sitting areas, balconies and mountain views, as well as cable TV and Wi-Fi access. Upgraded 1- and 2-bedroom suites add living rooms; there’s one (the beautiful Raven Suite) with a private shrine and butler service. In-room dining is available.

Set in it’s own grounds the Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, Paro is situated just 4km from Bhutan’s iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery

Set in it’s own grounds the Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel, Paro is situated just 4km from Bhutan’s iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery

Amenities include breakfast, 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a spa, plus a teahouse, gymnasium, indoor pool and a Buddhist altar.

Meditation classes are provided with prior notice.

The hotel’s pièce de résistance is its awe-inspiring in house shrine on the second floor, a gem among Bhutanese spiritual spaces.

Paro Taktsang Tiger’s Nest sacred cliffside temple complex

Paro Taktsang Tiger’s Nest sacred cliffside temple complex

A mere 10-minute drive away, the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery beckons, making Zhiwa Ling an ideal launch pad for exploration.

Indulge in the art of relaxation at the hot stone spa, where ancient healing offers tranquility. Unwind with rejuvenating baths, soothing massages, and first rate yoga classes and meditation. For aspiring Robin Hoods try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport, organised with flair by the hotel.

Paro, with its quaint charm, is a delightful town with remarkable monasteries, temples and eclectic boutique shops and eateries. Your Café and Sonam Trophel Restaurants stand out as culinary highlights, inviting you to savour Bhutanese and international flavours.

The Zhiwa Ling Ascent Hotel, Thimphu

In Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, the Zhiwa Ling Ascent hotel, located just outside the centre of the city, welcomes you to relax in a park-like setting with panoramic views.

First class hospitality by an attentive team of professionals, and trainees from the Royal Institute of Hospitality. Wi-Fi Internet, radiant heating, in room safe, cable TV and complimentary (on arrival) minibar.

Relax in one of 20 spacious rooms designed in the most energy efficient way to capture all-day sunlight and take in superb views of the surrounding scenery. Zhiwa Ling Ascent by Austrian architect Irene Ott-Reinisch is a most comfortable home-away-from-home and experience the peace and quiet like no other.

Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel in Paro and sister hotel Zhiwa Ling Ascent in Thimphu, emerge as the perfect bases for a Bhutanese adventure, offering not just luxurious accommodation, but a gateway to cultural richness and natural splendour.  Now even more accessible with the reduced Sustainable Development Tax. Bhutan has slashed its Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) tourist tax by 50 per cent for the next four years. As of 1 September last year, visitors will be required to pay just US$100 per person, per night for the length of their trip (down from US$200 per person per night). The new rates will remain in effect until 31 August, 2027.

Discover the heart of Bhutan from these havens that seamlessly weaves tradition into a tapestry of modern comfort.

Andrew J Wood
News Editor

Andrew J Wood was born in Yorkshire England, he is a former hotelier, Skalleague and travel writer. Andrew has 48 years of hospitality and travel experience. Educated at Batley Grammar School and a hotel graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh. Andrew started his career in London, working with various hotels. His first posting overseas was with Hilton International, in Paris, and he later arrived in Asia in 1991 on Bangkok with his appointment as Director of Marketing at the Shangri-La Hotel and has remained in Thailand ever since. Andrew has also worked with the Royal Garden Resort Group now Anantara (Vice President) and the Landmark Group of Hotels (Vice President of Sales and Marketing). Latterly he has been the General Manager at the Royal Cliff Group of Hotels in Pattaya and the Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok & Resorts.

A past board member and Director of Skål International (SI), a former National President with SI Thailand and a two time past President of the Bangkok Club. Andrew is the former President of Skål Asia. In 2019, Andrew was awarded SKÅL’s highest award the distinction of Membre D’Honneur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various Universities in Asia.