Nestling in Bhutan’s singular landscape, with miles of unspoilt hills and valleys in every direction, are two pristine properties. Reflecting the high-end finish delivered by the COMO brand worldwide, with the distinctive addition of Bhutanese culture and heritage, the COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha are sublime bases from which to explore these two regions.
The properties combine homely softness with crisp, plain textiles, balancing traditional features with a modern level of comfort. The rooms are tastefully decorated with hand-painted Bhutanese floral motifs. Warm, carved woods and wood-burning stoves create snug interiors where you can sit and keep warm as you gaze out at the landscape. The resulting atmosphere is calm and nurturing, as well as fresh and contemporary. Bhutan is an extraordinary country, and experiencing it from the comfort of properties such as these allows you to fully connect.
In Paro, overlooking the pine-covered slopes, just a 10-minute drive from the airport. In Punakha, sheltered within the valley, in blissful isolation and tranquillity.
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An ideal place to relax and rejuvenate amongst Bhutan’s stunning scenery.
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Perched on a hillside overlooking the Paro valley, the COMO Uma is a sophisticated retreat with the warmth of a cosy mountain hideaway. There’s an emphasis on wellness, and the gorgeous spa offers a full range of holistic treatments and two private traditional Bhutanese bathhouses, which are ideal for peaceful relaxation. Each of the resort’s private villas has its own treatment suite, and there’s a well-equipped gym, private meditation classes, and even yoga retreats. Whether you’re taking on the challenging trek to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, or simply soaking up the beauty of your surroundings, this is the perfect place to come back to.
Not many resorts in Bhutan have a view as spectacular as this, and the clever layout displays it to maximum effect. Looking down the valley towards the Mo Chhu river, the COMO Uma Punakha combines its picture-perfect view with high-quality boutique accommodation and a dual focus on relaxing and exploring the surrounding countryside. Having only a handful of rooms means there’s always a sense of space, a tranquil ambiance and a truly bespoke service. Cosy down at the end of the day around bukhari stoves, or on sheltered terraces where you can keep warm around a terracotta chiminea as you admire the view.
Of their many advantages, one of the key draws of both these properties is being able to step out of the door and be instantly surrounded by Bhutan’s remarkable wild terrain. While providing plenty of relaxation opportunities onsite, both resorts encourage you to explore the surrounding landscape with gentle walks or more active options such as mountain biking and white water rafting. When you return, you can relax with a traditional oil massage or body scrub treatment at the spa, soothe away the aches in a hot stone bath, and go stargazing on the terrace.
Head out on hikes into the surrounding countryside, spotting a variety of bird and plant life. Visit temples and monasteries, go rafting on the river, and try your hand at Bhutan’s national sport of archery. Return to the resort for relaxing spa treatments, hot stone baths, yoga and meditation. Dine on a variety of local specialties in the cosy restaurants or on private dining experiences and picnics, and end the evening keeping warm around the fire.
The COMO brand has a growing focus on sustainability and social responsibility. They source materials and produce locally, and support local communities and enterprises, including helping a local woman in Paro set up a prayer flag printing business. They also ensure they help look after the habitats surrounding their resorts. In both Paro and Punakha, COMO helps reforest the hillsides with indiginous trees, and in Paro they support an initiative to develop wildflower meadows and organic gardens.
Find peaceful moments in monasteries and temples, and experience Paro’s distinctive, small-town feel. Wander through Bumthang’s green fields and Phobjikha valleys where the Black Necked Cranes land.