Bound to Be Spellbound – Bhutan
Bhutan, the land of happiness, has not one but two reasons to be happier, as Le Méridien Thimphu and Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront open their doors to pamper you silly.
LE MÉRIDIEN – THIMPHU
A quaint town. Mystical monasteries interspersed with fortresses. Warm, friendly strangers smiling at you when they pass you by. The formidable Himalayas soaring above you protectively. No, this is not a ﬁgment of your imagination, nor is it a dream. This is Bhutan. Set in this “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, is Le Méridien Thimphu – the largest ﬁve-star hotel in Bhutan, a ﬁfty-minute drive from Paro International Airport.
With 78 inviting guestrooms and suites to choose from, the hotel has three F&B options that cater to the most discerning palate. While Latest Recipe serves local and international cuisine and Sese Shamu brings to the table authentic ﬂavours from South-East Asia, Latitude 27 is a cosy café that turns into a bar after the sun sets. Not to forget that the swimming pool and spa are capable enough to keep you in a leisurely trance for as long as you like. For events and weddings, you can always book the hotel’s Tsho-Khang Grand Ballroom, which can seat as many as 300 people.
The ballroom also has a dedicated driveway that allows you to arrive in style. And should you feel like venturing out, the National Textile Museum, Buddha Point and the Arts and Crafts Market are just around the corner, brimming with myths and legends waiting for you to unravel.
LE MÉRIDIEN PARO – RIVERFRONT
Paro is a little haven tucked away in the valley country of Bhutan. At the heart of this beauty is the largest and only global ﬁve-star this township has seen – Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront. It takes 10 short minutes to reach the hotel from the international airport. And once you’re here, you ﬁnd that it is the only hotel with direct access to the lazy Paro river.
So, if you’ve been wanting to have dinner under the stars by the riverside, this is where you can experience it. The hotel boasts a restaurant that specializes in PanAsian gourmet cuisine. It’s well-equipped with a spa, a ﬁtness centre and a swimming pool for you to unwind in. It also has a regal ballroom with a high ceiling and a spectacular view of the Himalayas that gives it a sense of grandeur.
Better still, the main attractions like the Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) or The National Museum are just a stone’s throw away. So, if your idea of an ideal holiday is to dip your feet in the river and get enchanted by nature, you know where to go. If this doesn’t convince you to visit Bhutan, we’re not sure what else will.