Due to the limited hotel space in Bhutan, and to include as many EO members and guests as possible, it will be required that every attendee share a room with another member or guest. Should you register for the Global Exploration without a guest, you will be paired with another member who also did not register with a guest. There will be no single rooms for this event.
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Taj Tashi Hotel
Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. The mountain kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the old world’s last few natural strongholds, as yet unspoilt by civilization. In the charmed isolation of the Himalayan heights, the ancient and alluring ways of Mahayana Buddhism continue richly intact to this day, permeating every aspect of Bhutanese life and art.
The hotel’s architecture features an enchanting blend of Bhutan’s Dzong architecture and modern design. Adorned with classical, hand-drawn Buddhist murals, its 66 elegant guestrooms exemplify the region’s unique art and colour, while offering breathtaking views of the mountains that rise above the Thimphu valley.
Mystical Bhutan is richly featured at the Taj Tashi, where guests can sample Bhutan’s fiery cuisine, gaze at the mesmerizing prayer wheels through panoramic windows, make rewarding forays into the vibrant local markets, pleasantly pass the time in one of the hotel’s traditional café’s and restaurants, or find yet more ways to relax with special ‘Bhutanese Hot Stone Baths’ and other treatments at the Jiva Spa.
Taj Tashi’s location in the capital city of Thimpu makes it the ideal base from which to explore the tiny kingdom’s spectacular monasteries, centuries-old street festivals, scenic mountain passes and pristine wilderness, all within easy reach.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel
The 45-room Zhiwa Ling hotel combines the sensibilities of a fine Bhutanese guesthouse with the best of 21st Century technology. Envisioned and created by a local Bhutanese company, the hotel’s elaborate, hand-carved wooden cornices and masterful stonework coexist beautifully with cutting-edge telecommunication systems and Swedish under-floor heating.
Recently, the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) announced the Tourist Accommodation classifications. Zhiwa Ling Hotel is the first and only wholly Bhutanese owned hotel to receive a 5-star rating, and is the only Bhutanese-owned hotel and one of only two in the country to be ISO22000 certified.
Set on 10 lush acres, Zhiwa Ling features many amenities. The spa offers a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, as well as a traditional Bhutanese outdoor hot-stone bath. There is a business centre, Tea House, two fully equipped conference rooms, a Meditation House and a greenhouse. The two restaurants specialize in contemporary international cuisine and classic Bhutanese dishes. Gathering at the Mad Monk Bar for a pre-dinner drink or after-hours fun is a highlight for guests.
Honoring the spiritual heritage of this ancient Buddhist kingdom, a temple has been built into the second floor of the hotel, made with 450-year-old timbers from the famous Gangtey Monastery, the crowning glory of this new cultural landmark.