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COMO Uma Paro

About COMO Uma Paro

It was not until 1974 that the isolated kingdom of Bhutan opened its doors to foreign visitors. In the decades since, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” has evolved into a coveted high-end travel destination, its ancient traditions untainted by overtourism. That’s partly because getting here isn’t easy – located on the southern slopes of the Himalayas between India and Tibet, Bhutan is a land of deep valleys, rivers, ravines, glaciated mountains peaks and vast tracts of forest that cover more than 70% of the country. A single international airport serves those intrepid enough to make the trip here.

Those who do choose to venture to Bhutan via Paro Airport will find a quite spectacular hotel a mere 10 minutes’ drive away. COMO Uma Paro maintains Bhutan’s ethos of preserving national heritage, weaving traditional Bhutanese design and an emphasis on natural harmony into every part of its 38-acre grounds. The main building was once the home of a Bhutanese nobleman; wildlife meadows, organic gardens and mixed-species woodlands are carefully tended to; while spa treatments, yoga classes and meditation programmes take inspiration from the region’s long, storied history of spiritual study.

Despite being an expertly executed luxury hotel, COMO Uma Paro also adheres to Bhutan’s national philosophy, which emphasises reverence for its natural landscapes and the conservation of its enchanting cultural traditions.

HOTEL DETAILS

Style

With each room and villa crafted with stone, wood and tile by traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans, a strong respect for indigenous styles runs throughout this immaculately presented retreat. The landscaping is soft, with orchards, lawns and ramped pathways preserving the original contours of this rugged land. Each villa is loosely placed at different levels, in glades and clearings planted with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas, giving the resort an organic, unstructured sensibility.

Setting

The resplendent Paro Valley has to be seen to be believed. COMO Uma Paro, a luxury retreat built atop a gently sloping hill clad in blue pine trees, overlooks the valley and the nearby town of the same name. During your stay here, you’ll be just an hour’s drive away from the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, and well placed to access many of Bhutan’s main cultural highlights, including the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the "Tiger's Nest".

Accommodation & Facilities

20 deluxe rooms and nine exclusive private villas comprise the accommodation options at COMO Uma Paro, each one offering stunning views of the lush Paro Valley or surrounding pine forests (or both). Depending on where you choose to lay your head, you’ll be able to marvel at the hand-painted Bhutanese wall designs or traditional bukhari wood-burning stoves, while personal butler service can also be arranged.

Simply being among the enchanting landscapes of Bhutan is enough to soothe the soul, but should you desire further relaxation, the COMO Shambhala Retreat offers Asian-inspired holistic therapies including reflexology, Ayurveda, massage, facials and hot-stone baths. Guests can make use of a range of facilities, namely four treatment rooms, two steam rooms, two hot-stone bath houses, a fully equipped gym, a temperature-controlled indoor pool, an outdoor sundeck and a yoga studio.

Dining

COMO Uma Paro’s on-site Bukhari restaurant serves Western, Indian and Bhutanese meals, all made from organic and locally sourced produce. Guests can also enjoy the wholesome and revitalising cuisine curated by COMO Shambhala, the COMO chain’s award-winning wellness brand. These healthful dishes are rich in living enzymes, vitamins, minerals and raw ingredients. The national dish, ema daste, consists of large chillies served in a cheese sauce. Another favourite is phak sha laphu – stewed pork served with radishes. For a more relaxed culinary experience, the Uma Bar provides all-day dining and refreshments, and can also be booked out for a private gathering of up to 20 people, with a VIP set dinner menu.

Activities

Thanks to Bhutan’s surfeit of natural and cultural wonders, you’ll never be short of something to do during your stay at COMO Uma Paro. A selection of activities include overnight camping treks and guided walks; mountain biking and sightseeing by bike; museum, monastery and temple tours; visits to traditional Bhutanese farmhouses; talks with Buddhist lamas; and lessons in Bhutan’s national sport, archery.

Child Policy

Please enquire for COMO Uma Paro’s child policy.

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