Incorporating Bhutan’s traditional plant- and herb-based therapies into each of the spa menus, the Amankora Spa deepens guests’ direct experience and appreciation of Bhutan’s unique natural and cultural resources. Through smell, touch, hearing, sight and taste, the Amankora Spa strives to capture a sensation which is wholly Bhutanese. The scent of the Spa is cedarwood, which is used as temple incense by the Tibetans and is employed in Bhutan’s traditional medical remedies for respiratory, skin and arthritic conditions, and as a circulatory stimulant and relaxant.
At Amankora Paro, the Spa’s relaxation and sauna rooms feature local timbers and glass walls which filter the light of the surrounding blue pine forest. The Spa’s signature treatment is a traditional hot stone bath, Himalayan salt scrub and massage. A traditional Bhutanese healing treatment using naturally-heated river stones to release beneficial minerals into the bathwater, the bath incorporates the local Khempa herb which infuses the water with its healing properties. The bath is followed by an invigorating scrub which removes dead skin cells and re-energises the body. A 60-minute oil massage concentrating on tired muscles and joints completes the treatment.
Given the close proximity of the Royal Palace, the Spa at Amankora Thimphu offers treatments using local herbs. The signature treatment is a hot oil head massage, based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Warmed coconut oil nourishes the hair and scalp, while the back, neck and shoulders are massaged to increase relaxation. Deep thumb pressure, soothing strokes and the warmth of the oil help reduce tension, improve circulation and flush out physical and emotional toxins.
The Spa at Amankora Punakha offers therapeutic massages and facials. The Spa’s signature treatment is a holistic facial, suitable for men or women. The therapist’s skilled hands, combined with pure and locally-sourced products such as home-made yoghurt, Bumthang honey and oranges, provide a natural way to deeply nourish and repair the skin. Helping to rebalance and clarify the complexion, the treatment also incorporates a pressure point massage which promotes lymphatic drainage and leaves skin glowing.
Shamans and traditional healers have used hot stones in their healing practices for centuries. At Amankora Gangtey, the signature spa treatment is a Himalayan hot stone massage during which heated river stones are placed on the body’s energy points to generate warmth, draw out tension and encourage healing. Promoting a deep state of relaxation, this treatment soothes away stress and dissolves muscle stiffness.
The Spa at Amankora Bumthang offers complimentary steam facilities and specialises in customised oil massages, including the signature foot reflexology treatment. Foot reflexology employs specific pressure applied to points on the feet which correspond with the body’s energy meridians and organs. Massaging these points can stimulate self-healing, helping to release blocked energy and stress, and optimising blood circulation and energy flow.