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Bangkok
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17 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was in the perfect location and it gave a sense of being in a far away place, surrounded by nature and culture. The view from the rooms was stunning, the near by neighborhood was very charming and activity was unique.
The potato shed dinner which is an additional supplement to the hotel charges was such a special event. it's really worth to try. Next to the potato shed is the hot stone bath which was equally special. While bathing in the bath you have a spectacular view of the valley.
The food was good, especially menu that include potatoes. This area is known for the best potato and it's true. It's winderful how the hotel incorporate some of the local produce in the menu.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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United Kingdom
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50 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the head of a stunning valley carved out by a long melted glacier, sits a property distinctive in the simplicity of its design. The tranquility and beauty of this spot is very special. The hotel itself can best be described as minimalist...a concrete, wood and glass structure sympathetically folded into its surroundings. But inside, all is super comfortable.
The bedrooms are immaculate. Large, marvelously furnished in an uncluttered way...all wood, muted colours, and enormous picture windows. The in-room stoves throw off masses of heat I should you choose to light them. And a freestanding bath dominates one end of the room - although there is also a separate shower.
The public area is warm and inviting. At one end are arm chairs and sofas. At the other end are two tables...Amankora Gangtey is not designed for those scared of communal eating.
We found the food to be pretty good, including the Bhutanese food. They did a wonderful job of catering to my wife's gluten intolerance. Service is excellent - sincere, attentive, efficient.
We chose to have a candlelit dinner in an old, restored potato shed a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It could have been really corny. It could have felt completely artificial, the ultimate pastiche of dinner for two. In fact it was wonderful. From the rice drink by the fireside to the Bhutanese musician playing the local, mournful string instrument, it was simply great. The Bhutanese food was first class. Lots of small dishes give the opportunity to try out the local food. The yak was tender, although I will never understand the local enthusiasm for beans with chilli and cheese. Throughout, the delightful and attentive service made this a truly memorable experience. The cynic in me was quite won over.
The only downside is the long drive to get here. It is worth every mile - and the views en route are great. Apart from visiting the nearby monastery, we spent our time here walking. There's a particularly lovely walk through the forest that fringes the valley. And we loved the more demanding walk from Longtey village (I may have misremembered the name).
One of the best places I have ever stayed

Room Tip: All good. With 8 rooms you can't go wrong
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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51 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you've navigated the various Amankora resorts in Bhutan, Gangtey is the icing on the cake at the end of your travels as you have extended deep into this small but very special mountainous country. You have weathered the treacherous roads, the rising altitude, and the cold, but you are immensely rewarded by this stunning architectural beauty built to gaze upon the gorgeous landscapes and relax and recharge your batteries. It is like a calm summer home - a vacation within a vacation.

Like the other Amankora's, it is wooden and minimalist, but with high windows throughout that allow you to relax and take in the vast vistas that surround you. Service is sharp, the food is average as it is in many of the Amankora properties, but so unlike the many other Aman Resorts in the world. Yak meat never quite grew on me.

There isn't quite as many activities as you had in other Amankora's, but plenty to keep you occupied for a day or two.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everything that has to be said about this outstanding Aman outpost has already been mentioned. If you enjoy tracking; check out the trail itinerary in the room and ask about the black neck crane migration around the end / beginning of November. The potato shed bath was a nice way to soak away tired muscles. In spite of the precarious, very bumpy and some high risk journey on the road, this is my favourite of 5 lodges. Traveller are well rewarded at the end of the journey and a stay in Bhutan wouldn’t be complete without it. Gratitude to our guide and driver; Nawang & Tenzin for being super alert, informed and down right funny. Amazing food and gentle yet persistent service everywhere in the lodge and beyond.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bretagne
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

All of the Aman hotels in Bhutan are outstanding. Their location is spectacular and rooms very comfortable. The service is way beyond anything I have experienced anywhere else in the world. Service is invisible but present even before you realize you need something! The Aman hotels are flexible ( we had to adjust our route last minute because of bad weather) and everything is done to make your stay memorable. All Aman hotels have central heating which is not the case for a lot of the other hotels in Bhutan, hot water bottles, fire places, atmosphere and much more. If you can afford it, don't settle for less.
Gangtey plus: beautiful setting, hot stone bath in a barn, dont miss it and fantastic massage.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on second floor with views on monastery
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

You don't realize how amazing the Aman until you witness what the they have created in this desolate location. Top notch lodgings, facilities, service and standard of food that never ceases to amaze. This was our favorite Aman hotel in Bhutan (we didn't go to Bumthang). The hotel manager is local Bhutanese and was just perfect in making our stay magical. Big shout out here to our guide, Tara Nindi, for being the best ambassador Bhutan could have.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This Amankora is managed by a very talented gal from Switzerland. The staff was incredibly responsive to our needs. Of course, as in all Amankora Hotels, the rooms were luxurious. Before our departure, lunch was served to us out in the courtyard. It was a beautiful day sitting there. It actually reminded me of Tuscany. Our entire group agreed that the Amankora experience was outstanding.

Room Tip: All the rooms, from what we could tell, are pretty much equal.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gangtey, Bhutan
Location: Bhutan > Wangdue Phodrang District > Gangtey
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gangtey
Number of rooms: 8

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