Bhutan Metta Resort & Spa

Prologue

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Built in the style of traditional cottages, Bhutan Metta Resort & Spa is an intimate, 23-room boutique property popular with tourists to Paro. Recommended by our ground operator and boasting a reputation for warm hospitality, we review the resort during a recent stay.

 

Location / Accessibility

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Nestled in the quiet village of Shomu within Paro valley, the resort is 20 minutes from Paro International Airport. Trails and paths connect it to neighbouring monastries, dzongs and the town center, while the famed Taktsang Monastery is a short drive away.

 

Arrival Experience

Arriving on foot after a visit to the nearby temple, we were greeted by the resort’s staff members. Our bags had arrived earlier and these were now brought to our guestroom. Check-in formalities had been completed prior and we were soon escorted to the residential cottages at the rear of the property.

 

Guestrooms

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We found the Deluxe Guestrooms to be decently-sized and cozy for our stay. Hardwood flooring and a separate living area provided a character of home to the accommodations, while an abundance of windows let in natural light for illumination.

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The beds were firm and comfortable, with thick blankets offering warmth for restful sleep through the cold nights. A portable electric heater was provided in the room, but we found this slightly inadequate given the size of the accommodation.

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The bathroom was spacious and functional. We appreciated the good water pressure, hot water and plush towels. However, amenities were limited to sachet-type shampoo and bar soap which we felt could be improved to bottled or dispenser-type gels.

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Basic conveniences are also provided by Bhutan Metta Resort & Spa. The flatscreen television had a good selection of local and international channels for entertainment, while a compact wood table served well for light reading and writing. In place of a fixed-line telephone, the resort provided a mobile phone wired to the electrical outlet and programmed with the owner’s direct contact, a thoughtful touch with the reception desk shutting down each night. A kettle and instant coffee/tea was provided, although we thought the presentation could be improved over the simple plastic box solution.

 

Dining

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We had breakfast and dinner at the resort’s dining room. Breakfast items were made-to-order, with a generous spread of eggs, sausages, ham, tomatoes and toast available for the western option, accompanied by excellent coffee or tea. Selected Southeast Asian dishes could be requested with advance notice and is unique to the resort in recognition of the owner’s Malaysian heritage.

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Dinner was a buffet spread of local, international and Indian dishes. A portion of the tasty, signature garlic naan was served to each table, pairing well with the vegetable and meat dishes. Finishing the meal were fruits and desserts, with many of the cakes and pastries made on-property.

 

Facilities

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The resort features a spa on-site offering traditional Bhutanese treatments, such as the hot stone bath that involved placing heated river stones into a tub of herbal water. This was highly recommended to us after a day of trekking. The stone courtyard with a central fireplace served as the venue for social gatherings among guests and we were treated to a cultural performance on our final evening.

 

Complimentary wi-fi was available throughout the property and laptops, chargers, adaptors and docks could be loaned from the reception. Points gained to the management for offering alternatives to modern conveniences, although we were disappointed that the wi-fi remained out of service throughout our stay.

 

Service / Staff

True to its reputation for warm hospitality, we found our stay at the resort akin to residence in a humble home, which was a refreshing change from the often commercial atmosphere in many chain hotels. The management and staff were friendly and polite, often going out of their way to try and accommodate guest requests.

 

Verdict

Bhutan Metta Resort & Spa is a little gem in Paro valley. The inadequacies of the hard product as compared to bigger competitors have forced the resort to focus on service, which it does well while maintaining a distinct local identity. However, to remain attractive in an increasingly crowded competition landscape, we feel that the resort needs to invest and replace some dated furnishings and equipment.

 

Bhutan Metta Resort & Spa

Langong, Shomu

Paro, Kingdom of Bhutan

+975 8 272 855

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