As soon as we discovered Bhutan measures its prosperity in 'gross national happiness', we knew we were off somewhere special.

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Uma By COMO Punakha makes the most of the country's star attractions: space, serenity and simplicity.

It is small and secluded with only eight rooms and two villas. Choose one with a balcony for views over the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chhu River below.

By day, walk through rice-terraced hills and visit local villages and dzongs (fortress-style monasteries). At night, take dinner on your private balcony or on the terrace.

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Try the braised beef curry, red rice and spinach momos (dumplings). It's not just the high altitude in this Himalayan mountain kingdom that will leave you breathless.

WOW FACTOR: Have an indulgent Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath and Massage at the Shambhala Spa, where hot stones heat water in a tub for a herb-infused soak before a massage kneads away any aches.

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FLIGHT TIME: 10 hours.

GO: Ampersand Travel www.ampersandtravel.com offers seven nights in a Valley View Deluxe Room from £2,975 per person, B&B. Includes flights via Delhi, Bhutan visa and transfers.