COMO Uma Paro

Paro, Bhutan

At a Glance

  • Located in Paro Valley

  • Ayurvedic therapies, massages, body and face care

  • Dramatic landscapes with pine-clad valleys and mountains

  • Possible to arrange day walks, camping treks and mountain biking

  • Yoga Retreats throughout the year

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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.

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Insider's View

It's best to book one of their packages as you get all your activities and meals included in the price. It's best to book Full Board as there are no other quality options in Paro.

Go for the one room suite - own butler and treatment room!

Uma Paro's location is ideal for visiting the Dzong as well as Paro's handicraft shops

Throughout Bhutan the art of meditation and being at one with yourself is very important, therefore what better way than starting your day with yoga in COMO's beautiful studio which has floor to ceiling windows looking into the woods.

If you are looking for a little more privacy, upgrade to a one bed room villa. They are separated from the main building and are lovely standalone buildings - they even have their own massage rooms!

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to COMO Uma Paro or take a look at our itineraries to Paro

Description

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.

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Accommodation

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. The two bedroom villa is perfect for families and the two COMO suites can also be connected to a Valley View room making a perfect family suite.

Childcare

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

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.

Activities

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.

Reviews

5

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. 

4

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.

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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.

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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.

Experiences

  • 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!

  • Drukgyel Dzong

    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

  • Kyichu Lhakhang

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Active Bhutan

    Bangkok, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Bumdra & Paro

    from £9000 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • A varied private tour of Bhutan blending equally trekking, culture and authentic experiences seeing the local life - not over-doing any element
    • Fantastic itinerary for those that like to keep active, exploring a new country with various means including cycling and trekking
    • Have an exclusive private guide and driver throughout giving you complete flexibility
  • Active Bhutan

    Bangkok, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Bumdra & Paro

    from £9000 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • A varied private tour of Bhutan blending equally trekking, culture and authentic experiences seeing the local life - not over-doing any element
    • Fantastic itinerary for those that like to keep active, exploring a new country with various means including cycling and trekking
    • Have an exclusive private guide and driver throughout giving you complete flexibility
  • Bhutan and Thailand Honeymoon

    Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro & Phuket

    from £4900 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Fantastic blend of city, spectacular scenery, fascinating culture, an active itinerary and time spent on the beach to end - the perfect honeymoon combination
    • Bhutan is a once in a lifetime destination, making it ideal for a honeymoon
    • Easily combine Bhutan with Thailand's beautiful beaches
  • Bhutan for Teenagers

    Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey & Paro

    from £5400 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • A tailored private tour of Bhutan with personal driver and expert private guide throughout
    • All experiences are included and adapted to your interests, whether it is cultural, active or simply soaking up the scenery
    • Visit all the major highlights, from Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro
  • Classic Nepal and Bhutan

    Kathmandu, Annapurna Trek, Dhilikhel, Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

    from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Combine both Nepal & Bhutan - a fantastic combination seeing the two great landlocked Himalayan countries
    • Trek in the Annapurna foothills where you can take in unspoilt mountain views
    • Walk to the iconic Tigers Nest Monastery
  • Highlights of Sikkim and Bhutan

    Calcutta, Sikkim, Singritan near Darjeeling, Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

    from £10300 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights

    • An ideal winter adventure, as the best visibility is November through to February
    • Ideal for walkers of all levels of fitness
    • The terrain is undulating and the routes tailored to you
  • Off the Beaten Track Bhutan

    Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, Haa & Paro

    from £9000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights

    • Amazing journey into Bhutan's more remote corners
    • Private guide and driver throughout and all experiences are included
    • Options for a range of day-walks into more rural parts of Bhutan
  • Romantic Bhutan

    Bangkok, Paro & Punakha

    from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • You will have a private car and personal guide throughout, making the itinerary seamless and allowing you to completely sit back and enjoy
    • This itinerary is a great way to experience Bhutan at a very relaxed pace, ensuring that there is plenty of time to relax, enjoying each other's company
    • Bhutan is full of breath taking scenery and incredible sites, making it a joy to discover with a loved one

Location & directions

Paro, Bhutan

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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Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to COMO Uma Paro or take a look at our itineraries to Paro

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