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Gangtey Lodge is the culmination of an adventure that began back in 2003 by owners Khin Omar Win and Brett Melzer. Founders of the iconic Balloons over Bagan and the remote Malikha Lodge in Northern Myanmar, they were invited to Bhutan to explore the possibility of ballooning together with their Bhutanese partner Yeshey Norbu.

Instead, when they came across the spectacular and unspoilt Gangtey valley, the seed was planted to create a luxury escape that not only helped to preserve Bhutanese rural life, but followed their philosophy to bring opportunity, training and skills into this remote community.

Taking their project management team from Myanmar, they embarked on a three-year journey to build a 12-roomed Bhutanese ‘Farmhouse’ that respectfully blended into its environment and enabled guests to connect with the natural surroundings and spirituality of Bhutan.

Mary Lou Thomson took on the role of Architect for Gangtey Lodge, in what was to be her first totally independent hotel project. Together, they shared the same passion to create a unique lodge that reflected Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage.

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Our Philosophy


They say that ‘Happiness is a place, and it is called Bhutan’.

At Gangtey Lodge we embrace Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness by pursuing a harmonious balance between respecting nature and promoting cultural preservation and sustainable development.

Our purpose is to create luxury escapes and amazing experiences that enable travellers to connect physically, spiritually, and emotionally with their surroundings.  We believe that travel should be meaningful and positively impact the people and places that we visit.

Our mission is to empower and create opportunities for the local community through training and employment, and respecting the environment through our low impact design and green operational practices.

We invite you to reconnect with nature and hike the numerous trails through the valley, find spiritual enrichment through our experiences with the 17th Century Gangtey Monastery, and explore the rich culture of the local community, unchanged for centuries. Most importantly, our Gangtey Lodge Family look forward to creating lifelong memories by reconnecting you with yourself and your loved ones.

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our team


Gangtey Lodge is more than just a hotel, it is also our home. What makes us unique is our Gangtey Lodge Family, many of whom were involved in the construction of the Lodge. Our youthful team are eager to share stories about their culture and life experiences growing up in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Their beliefs are endless, and their answers are always genuine and thought provoking. Drawing upon their intimate knowledge and deep understanding of the valley, they have designed our experiences for you to explore the very soul and essence of Gangtey Valley.

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Gangtey Lodge are winners of the 2018 Travellers
Choice Trip Advisor Top 25 Best Small Hotels in Asia.
The best hotel I have EVER stayed in
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Gangtey Lodge is my little slice of heaven! What a beautiful hotel set in the most amazing setting. The food is delicious and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The bedrooms are to die for and the bath probably has the best view I have ever seen. The only trouble is deciding whether to have a bath in the morning with the beautiful view of the valley or at night with the warmth of the cosy fire…

Amazing Property
dh24yaya, Westchester Country, United States
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From the minute you are greeted at the front door by the general manager to the minute you leave, you are treated like royalty. The chef is amazing – best meals in Bhutan. Our room was perfection as well..comfy beds, lots of space to spread out. The absolute most breathtaking g views of the Gantey Valley. Others could learn from the impeccable service! We enjoyed an amazing massage and the hot stone bath- a MUST!

Stunning, expansive lodge
maiaks, Singapore
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This is one of my all time favourite hotels in the world. The scenery, the architecture, the food, the warm staff…really exceptional. Where else can you soak in your tub while looking out at a wide glacial valley filled with sacred endangered cranes? Highly recommend the massages and hot stone soak as well!

Amazing welcome, luxurious room and that view!
AE1963, Wollongong, Australia
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We were greeted at the front gate by the GM and her staff. The staff sang a welcome song as we entered. This was followed by complimentary hot spiced apple tea (made from local apples) and a shoulder massage as we took in the spectacular views down the Gangtey Valley. It only got better from there!

The jewel in Gangtey’s crown
Shahllal, London, United Kingdom
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From the moment you step in, you are pampered to the hilt. The decor is stunning and the rooms are opulent, with fireplaces and amazing bathtubs, without being over the top.

Barbara Spratling, Melbourne Australia
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They organised archery for us and we all had such fun. We stayed as a small group of 12 people and nothing was too much trouble. It was quite a drive getting there but so well worth it. We stayed 2 nights but wished we could have stayed more.

The best place I have ever stayed
laurencnm, New York, United States
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“Gangtey Lodge has to be experienced, the written word does not do it justice. The quality of the service is simply beyond – beyond 5 stars, beyond warm and caring. All our needs were anticipated, including needs we didn’t know we had. It is not easy to get there but it is my dream to return there someday. Simply perfect. Oh, and the setting is magnificent.”

Best stay ever
Don D
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I have traveled quite a bit and stayed in lots of five star hotels. Gangtey lodge is in a class of its own. They have a way of making you feel like family without overwhelming you. We stayed four nights and didn’t want to leave.

Wonderfull stay in Gangtey
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This Hotel deserves all the awards they got recently and in the past. Five Star service, interior , rooms, view and hospitality. It nicely rounds up the stay in this beautiful area and valley and there is nothing better than enjoying the fireplace inside or outside and the massages after a day full of great experiences. Kind of special little hideaway.

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