This intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley is a picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo River, ideally located for those who wish to explore the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. At COMO Uma Punakha, Bhutanese artisanship is found in the handcrafted furniture comprised of Indian rosewood and locally sourced stones and ceramics.
This 10-room resort lodge, located in the heart of Bhutan, is set into the hillside overlooking a bend in the Mo Chhu River, with bird’s-eye views across the bright green terraced rice and vegetable fields below. The historic Punakha Valley is one of the most beautiful and important in Bhutan; Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, before the seat of government was moved to Thimphu. The valley is home to many beautiful monasteries as well as the majestic Punakha Dzong – one of the fortress-like monasteries found all over Bhutan – located at the scenic confluence of the Mo (mother) and Po (father) Rivers.
Accommodation & Facilities
With just eight rooms and two villas available, guests at COMO Uma Punakha are assured of an intimate stay. Each of the glass-walled rooms overlooks the magical Punakha Valley, providing a view plucked straight from a Buddhist folk tale. The interior features twin or king-sized beds, Indian rosewood furniture, bright wall murals handpainted by local artisans, a cosy lounge area, deep bathtub (with additional valley views) and a separate shower stall. Both a 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villa are also available, which offer extravagant experiences and glades planted with rhododendrons and hydrangeras. The COMO Shambhala Retreat at COMO Uma Punakha is comprised of two treatment rooms, a double for couples and a single room featuring a traditional Bhutanese hot-stone bath.
COMO Uma Punakha’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. Guests at COMO Uma Punakha can choose to take a tour of the kitchen garden, where many of the herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables used by Chef Tshering Lhaden are grown.
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 Punakha. 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.
Please enquire for COMO Uma Punakha’s child policy