andBeyond reveals plans for first Asia lodge


Luxury travel company andBeyond is set to launch its first lodge in Asia with andBeyond Punakha River Lodge, scheduled to open in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in September 2023.

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

Like all the group’s properties, the lodge draws inspiration from its natural surroundings and combines traditional Bhutanese style with a unique twist. Safari-style tented suites are suspended from a traditional Bhutanese timber structure. Decorative painted and gilded details appear in the woodwork, particularly in the bathrooms, which feature elegant brass-cladded bathtubs.

A rendering of &Beyond Punakha River Lodge in Bhutan

The blue poppy, the national flower of Bhutan, also makes an appearance as a recurring theme woven throughout the interior design. Handwoven Bhutanese wool products are used as upholstery, linen detailing and blankets, bringing a touch of bold and bright colour and texture to the understated design.

“The first fully andBeyond-owned and managed property to open on the continent, Punakha River Lodge kicks off a brand new era of expansion for our brand,” says Mark Wheeler, Managing Director for Asia, South America & Business Development. “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.”

The lodge also offers easy access to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a site that is a major drawcard for visitors to Punakha. A suspension bridge leads over the river and a selection of walking trails is situated nearby. The riverside setting is ideal for al fresco lunches and beach activities such as yoga, massages and swimming. Other experiences include cycling, river rafting and kayaking, as well as nature hikes and birding opportunities.

A rendering of &Beyond Punakha River Lodge in Bhutan

The brand’s first property in Bhutan has been imbued with the same warm and authentic brand of hospitality, with exclusive experiences including paddy field lunches, surprise drinks stops and picnic lunches with unique views of the river. An extensive organic vegetable garden speaks to the company’s dedication to sourcing local, sustainably grown ingredients. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit a community farming project nearby.

“andBeyond’s investment in staff training and the bespoke experiences that we pride ourselves on offering will make the lodge stand out as unique,” concludes Wheeler. “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.”

Other attractions in the area include the famed Punakha Dzong, as well as the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.

A rendering of &Beyond Punakha River Lodge in Bhutan

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