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T+L Reports: Haute Himalayas

Unlike the backpacker digs in nearby Nepal, Bhutan's guest-houses have always made trekking comfortable. With the arrival of the kingdom's first luxury hotels, the activity here is becoming downright decadent. In July, Como Hotels & Resorts unveils Uma Paro (44-207/447-1029; www.comohotels.co.uk; doubles $1,860 for three days, all-inclusive). The 29-room resort blends indigenous pieces with modern amenities. Bhutanese carvings and wood-burning stoves share space with DVD players and Internet hookups—which were introduced to the country just four years ago. Amanresorts' Amanrila (800/477-9180 or 65/6887-3337; www.amanresorts.com; doubles from $6,000 a week, all-inclusive) lures hikers back from high Himalayan passes to heavenly rustic rooms with rammed-earth walls and terrazzo baths. The spa, set in an ancient pine forest, offers treatments using local herbs and body scrubs given with yak-hair mittens.
—Jennifer V. Cole

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