New hospitality group Pemako opens second property in Bhutan


The newly opened Pemako Punakha is part of an unforgettable holiday circuit across Punakha and Thimphu in Bhutan.

January 31, 2024: Pemako, a new luxury hospitality brand hailing from Bhutan, has opened their flagship hotel Pemako Punakha, which promises to showcase the country’s vibrant culture through uniquely designed spaces, delectable cuisines, warm hospitality and perceptive experiences.

Pemako Punakha Bhutan

Christiane Doris Wasfy, General Manager, Pemako, comments, “As we celebrate the grand opening of Pemako Punakha, a result of 7 years of dedication, design and innovation, we look forward to catering to adventurers and explorers constantly seeking unique journeys. The group offers ideal stay experiences with its 2 stellar properties in Punakha and Thimphu that embrace nature, and cultural realms and offer extraordinary gastronomy - all the while giving the freedom and the time to detach oneself from worldly distractions, to think and feel more deeply.”

Pemako Punakha is located at a 3.5-hour drive from the Paro International Airport. The scenic mountain drive takes you through the Dochula Pass and the capital city of Thimphu. Direct helicopter transfers can also be arranged from the airport to the hotel via a 25 to 30-minute scenic ride.

Pemako Punakha has a unique design ethos. Spread across 70 acres of untouched land, the property boasts of an interesting combination of 19 luxury tented villas, 1 two-bedroom tented villa and 1 presidential tented villa - each privately placed and uniting seamlessly with the nature. Nestled by the Mo Chhu River in the quaint town of Punakha, the arrival experience sets out by crossing a bridge strung with fluttering prayer flags, followed by a short yet scenic ride to the resort. 

Each tent is opulently designed, with a private temperature-controlled pool - the first hotel in the country to offer this, accompanied by a sprawling outdoor deck, breathtaking valley views and curated artisanal souvenirs placed across the room, sharing deep insights into the culture of Bhutan.

Pemako Punakha Bhutan

At Pemako Punakha, guests can enroll in a mindful meditation session led by the resident Buddhist monk, or indulge in a yoga session amidst the refreshing landscapes. Embark on an adventurous escapade in the pristine Mo-chu River with a white-water rafting experience or seize the day by hosting a prayer flag, an auspicious activity believed to carry blessings of happiness, long life and prosperity. 

The Lotus Realm Spa at the property offers treatments that embrace age-old Bhutanese practices with a skilled touch of Dungtshos, the traditional medicine doctors in Bhutan. 

Fresh organic, local produce and traditional delights are at the forefront of Pemako Punakha’s unique culinary experience! Discover authentic Bhutanese cuisine at Alchemy House, savour international delicacies at cosy indoor spaces, or treat your tastebuds at the outdoor riverside venue - Soma, the all-day dining restaurant. Spend a relaxing evening enjoying a range of handcrafted cocktails at the Five Nectars Bar.

The hotel is home to a diverse range of private dining experiences - a curated menu at Chef’s table, riverside spots in the most intimate setting, or a private barbecue at the picnic deck ATI. 

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