&Beyond to open first property in Asia

Luxury travel company &Beyond will launch its first lodge in Asia, with &Beyond Punakha River Lodge scheduled to open in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in September this year.

Situated on the banks of the Mo Chu River in the Punakha Valley, the lodge will feature six tented suites, a two-bedroom villa with a private pool, and a one-bedroom villa with a plunge pool/hot tub, depending on the season.

&Beyond Punakha River Lodge will open in September 2023

Like all &Beyond’s properties, the lodge draws inspiration from its natural surroundings and combines traditional Bhutanese style with a unique twist, and boasts uninterrupted views of the Himalayas.

Its location offers easy access to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a site that is popular with visitors to Punakha. Other attractions in the area include the Punakha Dzong, and the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.

Punakha River Lodge will also feature an extensive organic vegetable garden and guests will have the opportunity to visit a community farming project nearby as well.

Mark Wheeler, &Beyond managing director Asia, South America & Business Development, said: “Our intention is to build onto our almost two decades of touring expertise in Asia to create a lodge footprint that will help us to continue to grow our conservation-led business model on three continents.

“We plan to look outwards for inspiration, integrating the unique nature of the destination into our service ethos, thus creating a platform for guests to immerse themselves in this exceptional location and allowing the destination to shine.”

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