COMO Uma Paro
Down-to-earth sophistication, woodsy elegance
Paro (975) 8 271597 www.comohotels.com
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At a Glance
The first and largest luxury property in Bhutan, COMO Uma Paro offers a sumptuous base from which to explore one of Bhutan’s most interesting valleys.
- The Como Shambhala Spa featuring Ayurvedic therapies, daily yoga classes and a large indoor pool
- For families and small groups, a Bhutanese home of your own in the COMO villa
- The privately-guided meditation sessions to hone the healing craft of focused energy
- The excellent menus, including one focused on detox juices and spa cuisine
The serene COMO Uma in Paro was the first luxury hotel in Bhutan, and it is located in a prime location on 38 acres in the Paro Valley. The style combines local Bhutanese architectural elements with the understated minimalism that COMO is known for. The main building, which houses 20 guest rooms, a cozy bar, a tree-house-like circular dining room, gift shop and the vast Shambhala spa, incorporates the design elements of the region’s dzongs. The brick and wood structure has a large central courtyard, where fires are lit in winter, and throughout there is an elegant balance of local materials and a regard for the nature outdoors. The Como Shambhala spa on the lower level offers a range of Asian-inspired treatments from superb therapists and daily yoga classes as well as a large indoor swimming pool. In addition to the rooms and suites in the main building, there are nine private villas with spa rooms and butler service spread around the grounds of the property. Narrow stone pathways lead to the buildings, which feature Bhutanese decorative elements like wall paintings and fire pits as well as cozy modern touches such as soft quilts and large bathrooms and dressing areas. The COMO villa is best for families and small groups, with over 3,000 square feet, two bedrooms and private dining and spa quarters. Hand-painted murals decorate the otherwise minimalist spaces, allowing the sweeping views of the pine forest and mountains to command the attention.
Who Should Stay
COMO Uma Paro is the choice for those who want to recover from hiking the countryside with a little R&R.