Opening three hotels at once is no small feat. Running them successfully for a year and going international in less that a year, even more so. However, The Postcard Hotel group has done just that, announcing the opening of two new hotels, one in Bhutan and Sri Lanka each, yesterday. While The Postcard Dewa (Bhutan) is set to be as an ideal stay for that serene getaway, The Postcard Galle (Sri Lanka) seeks to facilitate activity-driven holidays. Of course, both experiences will be encased in luxury.
The founding trifecta of the group opened last December in Goa – The Postcard Moira, The Postcard Velha, and The Postcard Cuelim – and within a short time have become popular as boutique properties with extremely personalised service. Transformative experiences, celebrating the local community from their dining to design, no set check-in / check-out timings, and no buffets or stringent breakfast hours are just few of the things that personify their ethos. And the two new properties promise to take this further idea to the international landscape.
The Postcard Dewa is a mere 20 minutes from Paro, amidst a forest and offering splendid views of Khasadrapchu Valley and Raidak River. The 13 rooms and two suites are spacious, ranging from 995 sq. ft. to 2,100 sq. ft. Indigenous influences come by way of therapies like hot stone baths and locally-brewed beers and spirits. Hiking trails to ancient Buddhist temples, picnics by the river (curated by their chef), and the bustling markets are where you can venture out to when staying here.
Providing a contrast is The Postcard Galle with its seaside life – views of the Indian Ocean and Gin river welcome you here. There are 10 rooms with a minimalistic vibe, and the Attic suites allows one to lounge in plunge pools or jacuzzies. Along with the local Sinhalese cuisine, you’ll find influences from all regions of the world which have impacted Galle over time. So, expect Dutch, Portuguese, and Tamil flavours as well. The town’s cobblestone streets will lead you to many a colonial architectural gems. For a more action-packed holiday, go blue whale watching or try surfing at the neighbouring Mirissa beach. And if you want to recharge after a busy day, the spa awaits your return at the hotel.
Serene, secluded, splendid, both new hotels seem to promise that. With both opening in November, the bookings are already open. So if a Bhutan or Sri Lanka trip’s been on your mind for a while now, this seems about the right time to set those plans in motion.
All images: Courtesy The Postcard Hotel