Also called the Palace in the Sky, Six Senses Thimphu is the first lodge out of four I visted, experienced and photographed during my Bhutan journey for a press coverage and an upcoming book project about sustainable luxury hotels. It was quite icy out there with ever changing lights throughout the entire day from frosty rime covered mornings to almost warm afternoons. The site itself is a true statement and the eye as one of the human senses is soaking up. Seeing! Vast vistas to the snowy Himalayas and towards the gigantic bronze Buddha Dordenma statue from everywhere you are. My spacious suite became my sanctuary with its wood burning fireplace called bukhari, cozy corners and the embracing architecture with stunning carvings beautifully adapted to the traditional buildings of the country. A quick dip in the heated pool makes up the cold weather too. Water is bottled on site in the water treatment plant, one of the main sustainable aspects of Six Senses being completely eco-friendly. The Bhutan foundation works for conservation of endangered species. Here at Thimphu it is the Snow Leopard. The heart of the property is the meditation pavilion situated in a shallow pond, teaching silence and stillness in our cruel and fast moving world.
A very desirable place to be these days.