From 15 August to 15 September combine the discovery of Bhutan’s cultural treasures and spectacular landscape with freshly-prepared matsutake mushroom gastronomy at Amankora Paro and Amankora Thimphu. These specially-created dishes will be served at daily dinners throughout the matsutake season. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit Geneka Village to witness the harvest of this forest delicacy.
Revered in Japan, the pine (matsu) mushroom (take) is the most anticipated of autumn flavours and greatly cherished as a gift. More than a seasonal delicacy, matsutake symbolises good fortune, happiness and fertility. Lending its pungent, cinnamon-spice aroma to any preparation, it is said that matsutake should be cooked until one can eat the aroma. Low in fat, high in protein and rich in vitamin B, these highly-prized fungi are believed to have many health benefits. Savouring its unique flavour is a pleasure once reserved for nobility and today sought after by gastronomes worldwide.
A 24-suite retreat surrounded by pine forests, Amankora Paro contrasts rustic with contemporary design. Just a 30-minute drive from Bhutan’s international airport, it offers a spa with five treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath and a glass-walled yoga studio.
Set in the upper reaches of the Motithang area, this sixteen-suite lodge lies in close proximity to the many attractions of the capital city of Thimphu. The living and dining rooms feature soaring ceilings and an outdoor dining deck with views of the surrounding forest. The spa includes three treatment rooms and a steam room, and offers a range of holistic treatments. The lodge is a 1.5 hour drive from Amankora Paro.