COMO UMA Hotels Bhutan
The mystical Dragon Kingdom of Bhutan is perched among the majestic Himalayas — a landscape scattered with dzongs, or small fortress-like monasteries, sweeping valleys and thick forests of rhododendron and pine. It is a kingdom of endless, open skies and a rich tapestry of Buddhist tradition, weaving through every aspect of what remains a largely agricultural society. At COMO Uma Punakha and COMO Uma Paro, we offer luxury travel experiences that truly immerse guests in the elusive essence of Bhutan, its culture, landscape and religion.
COMO UMA Paro Hotel
COMO UMA PARO
COMO Uma Paro, is an intimate, 29-room resort featuring the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan with an enviable location in the Paro Valley. This puts you within striking distance of the country’s great cultural landmarks. The style combines local artisanship with COMO’s contemporary style, while activities range from yoga to Himalayan camping adventures. Our Bukhari restaurant is a royal favourite.
DISCOVER COMO UMA PARO
A stay at COMO Uma Paro is about immersing yourself in the richly textured culture of Bhutan while enjoying the luxuries of a COMO resort.
The nine private villas and 20 luxury rooms combine the colourful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship with the clean-lined contemporary design for which COMO Hotels and Resorts are known. The result is a luxury resort with a fresh, original look that feels sleek even as it recognises COMO Uma Paro’s cultural context.
EVENTS AND MEETING SPACES
Our team at COMO Uma Paro bring a uniquely personal approach to event planning in Bhutan, both for weddings and all manner of other celebrations, including birthdays, honeymoons and corporate gatherings.
A special place where memories are created and friends and family brought together, Uma Paro provides this highly customised level of service combined with gourmet culinary offerings—all in the most secluded of Himalayan valleys.
We can coordinate a special anniversary picnic on a wild peak overlooking Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, or special temple blessings for newlyweds. With good notice, exclusive use of the resort is available for anything from weddings to corporate team-building events.
WEDDINGS AND CELEBRATIONS
COMO Uma Paro’s Himalayan location make it a unique place to celebrate special occasions and weddings in Bhutan. Our dedicated team tailors all events, guiding you through the planning details to ensure everything runs smoothly.
FULL RESORT RENTAL
COMO Uma Paro has become a popular venue for private Bhutan events, with a full resort rental ensuring an intimate occasion when all your guests are given the run of our 38-acre hilltop site. Security afforded by this secluded postion is also appealing to those who take over the entire resort for a significant celebration.
HIMALAYAN WELLNESS DISCOVERY
Our six-night wellness itinerary immerses guests in the full COMO Shambhala Experience. Yoga and meditation practice is led by our resident expert. We also offer daily massage therapy, including deep tissue, hot stone, and our signature COMO Shambhala Massage.
In addition, our programme makes the most of the adventure resort’s location in the heart of the Paro Valley. English-speaking guides will take guests on fascinating, active excursions to learn about the kingdom’s culture. Monasteries – including the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest Monastery – as well as ancient fortresses and temples are some of the landmarks to visit, with hikes calibrated to challenge guests per their fitness levels.
DINING AND CUISINE
At COMO Uma Paro, much of our produce comes from our own organic kitchen garden, which we maintain in partnership with local farmers from the Paro Valley, affording us a bounty of fresh and vital ingredients. Our international dishes, too, are well regarded—Bhutan’s royal family regularly make this their Paro restaurant of choice—along with specialties from neighbouring India.
COMO UMA Punakha Hotel
COMO UMA PUNAKHA
COMO Uma Punakha, our second hotel in Bhutan, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom.
DISCOVER COMO UMA PUNAKHA
Providing luxury accommodation in this less-visited area of Bhutan, a five-hour drive from Paro, COMO Uma Punakha offers guests exceptional access to some of Bhutan’s most celebrated landscapes and historic sites. With nine hillside Valley View rooms, and two free-standing luxury private villas (one One-Bedroom Villa and one two-bedroom COMO Villa), COMO Uma Punakha provides luxury in the wilderness in signature COMO style. Our Bukhari restaurant serves both local and international cuisine, while our standalone COMO Shambhala Retreat offers traditional holistic therapies.
Those seeking more than just luxury accommodation in Bhutan will not be disappointed by COMO Uma Punakha. The property is part of the landscape, nestled on a hillside at a bend in the Mo Chu river. This means every room commands sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu as it winds its way through the rice fields and orchards.
WELLNESS BY COMO SHAMBHALA
To practice yoga and meditation in Bhutan is an experience that truly belongs to these sacred mountains. COMO Shambhala Retreat in the Punakha Valley complements this perfectly, overlooking the twisting Mo Chhu river which slices through the green landscape.
Range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments includes signature massages, facials and body therapies, as well as the country’s famous hot-stone bath. Treatments are also available to those staying elsewhere in the Punakha Valley, who wish to make use of our wellness centre.
DINING AND CUISINE
Much of our produce comes from local farmers-Punakha is considered one of the most bountiful valleys in Bhutan-which means we benefit from fresh vegetable, fruit and dairy products every day. All of this is used in traditional dishes as well as our international menus.
White Water Rafting
The Mo Chhu river surges through the Punakha valley, winding its way past rice fields, villages and the iconic Punakha Dzong, where a retinue of 1,000 monks reside. White-water rafting trips take you to the heart of the action, with stretches of calm so you can sit back and take in the scenery, alongside grade two rapids where you have to grip on tight.
Head to the heart of the ethereal kingdom of Bhutan with COMO – a country often referred to as the ‘last Shangri-La’. With our Himalayan Explorer, you can explore the best of this magical country, combining stays at our two Bhutanese lodges – COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha. Led by our English-speaking local guides, you’ll be able to get under the skin of a country where locals wear traditional dress and yak herders roam the mountains.
In Paro, hike to the gravity-defying Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which clings to the rockface 3,100 metres above the valley floor. Then cross to COMO Uma Punakha, over a mountain pass strewn with prayer flags. In this little-visited valley on the banks of the Mo Chhu river, you can hike, white-water raft and explore temples that seem caught in time, including the spectacular Punakha Dzong; home to a retinue of 1,000 red-robed monks.
Hiking is almost a rite of passage in Bhutan, with more than 70 per cent of the country covered in forest and mountain. Twisting paths lead to hidden monasteries and temples, where views extend across the Himalayas. In Punakha, a popular hike takes you to the intricate temple complex of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, perched on a hill amongst avocado, passion fruit and orange trees. There’s also a gentle walk to Chimi Lakhang temple, passing through rice fields to reach the local village where the temple stands.
In Paro, a five-hour drive over the winding Dochula pass, you can embark on Bhutan’s most well-known route up to Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery — a marvel of architecture, perched on a sheer rock face 3,000 metres above the valley. It is arguably the most iconic landmark in Bhutan, believed to be the place Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet.
Embark on these hiking experiences with our COMO Uma Bhutan itineraries.
Bhutanese Hot-Stone Bath
A traditional hot-stone bath is one of the most relaxing ways to finish a day. At COMO Uma Punakha, our hot-stone bathhouse is perched on the hillside overlooking COMO Uma Punakha. River rocks drop into the hot water where they crack and steam, releasing minerals that can relieve deep-set aches and joint tension. At COMO Shambhala Retreat, we finish the hot-stone bath treatment with our signature COMO Shambhala Massage, which uses long, calming strokes to remove any lingering stress.
Bhutan is a country to see from the sky. With a birds-eye-view, the rice and chilli fields form a patchwork of colour, flanked on every side by mountains so high that even yaks can’t pass. Details jump out at you, like the smoke coil from a farmhouse, or a monastery tucked away deep in a pine forest.
With our Scenic Heli-Adventure, you can take a 90-minute helicopter ride across the kingdom’s heartland, exploring three distinctly different valleys: The Laya Valley (also known as the hidden paradise), the tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent Dzongs, and the emerald Paro Valley, with rice paddies and ancient temples.