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COMO Uma Punakha

Punakha, Bhutan

Uma Punakha by Como is a stunning luxury boutique lodge overlooking the Punakha Valley in Bhutan. Uma Punakha provides fantastic accommodation for guests wanting to experience this less-visited area of Bhutan in style.

At a Glance

  • Possibly the best views of any luxury lodge in Bhutan

  • Only 11 rooms, so lovely boutique option

  • Fantastic service and the cuisine is some of the best you can find in Bhutan - the King chooses to dine here when he is in Punakha!

  • Small COMO Shambala Spa

  • Punakha has an abundance of things to see and do, but just sitting on the terrace looking out at the views is absolutely amazing

Couples, Culture, Honeymoon, Adventure

Insider's View

Combine with Uma Paro, its sister property in Paro for the ultimate Bhutan experience!

Emma Mark

Insider's View

Walk from the hotel to Khamsum Yulley Palace. It's a great walk along Punaka Mother River - and takes roughly 1.5 hours.

Jessica Cator

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Description

Uma Punakha is splendidly perched on a hillside overlooking the Mo Chu River, about a 20 minute drive to Punakha Dzong. All rooms have dramatic views overlooking the valley, lush-green paddy fields and the rolling forested mountains beyond. In many ways, it has the best views of any luxury lodge in Bhutan, and if you are wanting amazing jaw-dropping views then Uma Punakha is for you.

Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan, and its main Dzong is the country's most impressive. With options to take day-walks, raft down the river, cycling and visiting local markets, Punakha is possibly Bhutan's most interesting destination to visit. Added to that, it is a lower in altitude, therefore it offers a better climate and doesn't become quite as cold during the winter months.

The luxury lodge has just eleven light and airy rooms complete with wood-burning stoves, hand-painted murals and amazing views over the valley. Guests can opt for rooms with a terrace downstairs, or even better views on the first floor, but without outdoor space. There are also two luxury villages, the COMO villa with one bedroom and the two-bedroom COMO Villa, both set away from the main rooms offering a great deal of privacy coupled with the best views.

Uma Punakha has one restaurant, The Bukhari which serves both local and international cuisine. We loved the little terrace where you have the option of eating al fresco on warmer evenings. When it is colder, they can set up heaters right next to your table, or you can retreat to the inner dining room. The food is absolutely exceptional, possibly the best you will be offered in Bhutan.

Despite its small size, Uma Punakha still has a COMO Shambhala spa offering traditional holistic therapies such as hot stone baths to relax after time exploring the valley.

Accommodation

There are 11 rooms at Uma Punakha. All rooms have views of the valley, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities, Italian linens, bathrooms with separate bath/shower, 32 inch TV and safe. There are Valley View Rooms (either with terrace on the downstairs) or with better views and a larger window on the upstairs. The One Bedroom Villa is located away from the main rooms, and has a separate living room, private terrace and a bathtub with views! The COMO villa has two rooms, the best views, living and dining room and large terrace.

Valley View Room

The Valley View Rooms either come with a terrace (downstairs) or large-french windows with better views (upstairs) and come with either twin or king-size beds, small sitting area and bathroom with separate shower and bathtub.

Size: 27-34sqm

One Bedroom Villa

The One Bedroom Villa is located slightly down the hillside from the main lodge, and is a standalone villa with large separate living room (where you can place an extra bed), two bathrooms and large french windows with superb views. You also have a private terrace.

Size: 51sqm and the Outdoor Terrace: 18sqm

COMO Villa

The luxury two-bedroom villa has a large living and dining area with huge French windows offering exceptional views. There is a large terrace. The fixtures and fittings are also of the highest order, from Bhutanese cottons and hand-knotted carpets.

Size: 90sqm and Outdoor terrace: 40sqm

Facilities

The Uma Punakha has a restaurant, Bukhari, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with options to eat outside on the terrace with spectacular views. The Como Shambhala Retreat has one double treatment room and a single treatment room, and a hot-stone bath. There is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, laundry and pressing services and babysitting is available upon request.

Location & Directions

Punakha, Bhutan

Uma Punakha is located along the Mo Chu River from Punakha, overlooking the valley.

When to go

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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