Located in the capital Thimphu the 16 suite Amankora Lodge is, in a word, spectacular. Built in the style of a dzong fortress, it evokes a true sense of connection with this remote mountain kingdom and makes a unique base from which to take in a deeper understanding of Bhutan. It has everything you’d expect from an Aman hotel, including exquisite service and sophisticated dining. The lodge is intimate in design, and views include those of pristine valleys and rivers, traditional architectural monuments in the form of monasteries, gateways, prayer flags and wheels and royal palaces, which are the most distinctive architectural forms of Bhutan. Take your pick from horseback or mules when setting out with trained local guides, and enjoy the best of Bhutan’s vast forests, dramatic inclines and 7,000-metre peaks. Back at the lodge, sample an array of Bhutanese and regional dishes and of course enjoy signature Aman spa facilities.