COMO Uma Paro
At a Glance
Located in the Paro Valley COMO is the perfect place to stay for exploring many must see attractions, such as Tigers Nest Monastery which is precariously perched 3,000 metres above the valley.
The property showcases Bhutanese craftmanship in all of the 20 luxury rooms. To get the ultimate feeling of being in a traditonal home the one bedroom villas have a wood burning stove in the living area.
One the most treasured moments here would be the lunch buffet which is served in a pine forest alongside local cultural performances. This is perfect for those wanting to give archery a go or maybe rock painting.
At the property you will find COMO's signature spa, COMO Shambhala. As well as treatments you will be wowed by the two Bhutanese hot stone bathhouses, steam rooms and large indoor pool.
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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your holiday to COMO Uma Paro
COMO Uma Paro set in the stunning Paro Valley is one of the best hotels in Bhutan. Blending Bhutanese architecture with stylish interiors, COMO Uma Paro offers a perfect base to start a tour of Bhutan for spending a longer period in Paro.
Situated in the remarkably beautiful Paro Valley and perched on a 38-acre hilltop, COMO Uma Paro is the perfect place to start or end an adventure to Bhutan. The fusion of modern minimalist and local Bhutanese style and design gives COMO Uma Paro a truly unique feel. Though retaining traditional Bhutanese character, the 29 rooms, suites and villas have oversized bathrooms and minibars, DVD players and yoga mats. The views are quite something to behold, overlooking the vast Paro Valley below you and we love the lovely hand-painted touches here and there reflecting that you really are in Bhutan.
The restaurant offers sumptuous signature Bhutanese dishes and imaginative interpretations of neighbouring Indian cuisine from the charcoal tandoor oven. COMO also offers Asian-inspired spa treatments, including massage and Ayurveda at the famous ’Como Shambhala’ therapists.
The resort offers trekking, yoga programmes and cultural tours. From Paro, there is plenty to see and do, from wandering around the peaceful Bhutanese towns and markets, freewheeling down 30kms of the Haa Valley, trekking to see cliff top monasteries or taking in the vibrant and hugely entertaining festivals. Bhutan is a place that fulfils all the senses.
COMO Uma Paro offers a variety of rooms and villas, all typically Bhutanese in design and feature oversized bathrooms, minibars, DVD players and yoga mats. The unique Himalayan location means that many overlook stunning pine forests and feature hand painted traditional Bhutanese wall designs. There are four two-bedroom villa which are perfect for families and the two COMO suites can also be connected to a Valley View room making a perfect family suite.
Children are welcome at COMO Uma Paro but there are no specific facilities. Kids will love toasting marshmallows at the woodland camp in COMO Uma Paro’s grounds before sleeping under the stars with parents close to hand. Youngsters can also try archery, and will enjoy trekking and the many cultural activities on offer in the area. Villa 12 has 2 bedrooms so it is perfect for families.
Facilities at COMO Uma Paro include a swimming pool and a spa featuring treatment rooms, a Hot Stone Bath house, a large indoor pool with outdoor sundeck, steam rooms for men and women, a gym and Yoga studio with Paro Valley views. There is also a restaurant offering Bhutanese and Indian cuisines.
The hotel will help organize trips to local festivals along with bespoke, privately guided itineraries incorporating day walks, camping treks and mountain biking with visits to monasteries, markets and museums. Throughout the year they also run yoga retreats.
Arthur Pope (Staff)
The COMO Uma Paro is one of the nicest and most fully realized properties in Bhutan. The gorgeous Bhutanese architecture is as resplendent as many of the countrys Dzongs and monasteries. As such it has served as the backdrop for high profile ceremonies and weddings. The clean, modern rooms invite an immediate sense of calm, and the grounds have a tranquil quietude all their own. The staff are all top notch professionals, and the food is as nice as the dining room it is served in. Owing to their multiple room types and extensive kids activities, this is a solid choice for travellers of all stripes.
Sara Wells (Staff)
The original COMO hotel to launch in Bhutan and as such the service and operation is extremely slick. The main building is a converted Bhutanese manor house and has a reception, restaurant and bar as well as forest and valley view rooms, although the views are obstructed by the surrounding woodland. It has beautiful inner courtyards and traditional Bhutanese architecture. The villas in the garden are the more recent additions and are fresher, more private and spacious.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
One of the first luxury properties to be built in Bhutan this hotel has all the charm and atmosphere of its heritage. The main building is a converted family house - but it is the rooms built separately to the main building that will really blow you away. Get a private one bedroom suite with stunning views over the city, and return to the traditional dinning room for meals.
Daniel Smith (Staff)
The Uma Paro is my favourite hotel in Paro, if not all of Bhutan, as it has a real Bhutanese charm about it. Their activity staff are experts at being able to show off the Paro Valley. Ideally, I would go for a Valley View Room given the views, and if you can stretch the budget the 1 and 2 bedroom villas (which are located in the grounds) are absolutely exceptional. Paro deserves 3 nights as there is so much to do. The Spa here is also wonderful. I think the Uma Paro has the best food out of any hotel in Bhutan (yes it knocks the socks off the Aman food) - sit back and relax from its restaurant which has 360 degree views. Scott Dunn guests continually rate Uma Paro as one of their all time favourites.
Apple plucking season starts from July to August in the region of Paro and Thimphu.
Day Trip to Chelela Pass and Hike Kila Goenpa
Chele La Pass is known to be the highest motorable pass in Bhutan and provides wonderful views over Ha Valley and Paro District, which you have the chance to view today before taking a scenic hike and visit to Kila Nunnery.
Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.
Evening Prayers at a Buddhist Monastery
Evening prayers at a Buddhist Monastery is something you should do at least once on a tour of Bhutan. You will witness monks chanting traditional prayers, helping them prepare for meditation.
Explore the Paro Valley by Helicopter
A wonderful way to see the rich and fascinating Paro Valley
Farmhouse Visit & Home-Cooked Dinner
Visit Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan dating back to 7th century before meeting with local community members in a nearby farmhouse to enjoying a home-cooked dinner.
Enjoy an excursion into one of the Bhutanese rivers and try your hand at fly-fishing.
Haa Valley Alpine Excursion
Experience the unique nomadic Haa culture in the Bhutan's formerly isolated Haa Valley.
The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
Meet a Monk Your Own Age
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
Visit a Buddhist temple for a monk blessing ceremony for an eternity of happiness.
Paro Dzong & National Museum
The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.
Explore the highlights of Paro with your guide and driver. From the National Museum and sacred Dzongs to a spectacular valley landscape dotted with farmhouses, Paro is home to many interesting sights worth exploring.
Paro Sunday Market
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
Punakha Drubchen Festival
Held annually on February in Punakha, local militias dress up as Bhutanese warriors in this festival to re-enact the famous battle between Bhutan and Tibet.
Tea with a local family
Visiting a local home in Bhutan is an exceptionally interesting experience given the lovely hospitable nature of its people. Try traditional butter tea, or even some locally made rice wine 'Ara'.
The Haa Valley
The unspoilt Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.
Tiger's Nest Monastery
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.
Try your hand at Archery
Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.
Zurig Lhakhang Hike & Archery
Hike through the scenic Paro Valley, visit historic Buddhist fortresses and try your hand at Bhutan's national sports - archery.
Bangkok, Paro & Punakha
from £5300 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Get a glimpse into this somewhat secretive yet fascinating small Himalayan kingdom, well and truly off the beaten track
- Try to time your trip with one of Bhutan’s famously vibrant festivals, an ancient expression of their Buddhist culture, and witness spectacular masked dances and enlightenment rituals
- Stay at seriously cool and stylish hotels…the perfect retreat after a busy day of cultural explorations
Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey, Paro
from £6100 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- Be stunned by the boundless panoramas and captivating views from some of the Himalayas most inconceivable sites and trails.
- Enjoy the ultimate seclusion of the Phojikha Valley, where pure sumptuousness combines with unadulterated wildlife.
- Indulge in some of Bhutan’s finest cuisines, including dinner in the King’s most-loved restaurant in Punakha.
Location & directions
Uma Paro, set in the stunning Paro Valley, overlooks Paro, one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan and is surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty.
How to get there
11-hour 30-minute international flight (via Delhi) to Paro Airport. It is a 15-minute transfer by road to Uma Paro.
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