Uma by COMO
Nestled at the end of the valley overlooking a bend in the Mo Chu River, the luxurious yet unpretentious Uma by COMO welcomes you to Punakha. The views are simply spectacular – looking out onto the surrounding rice paddies and lush, forest covered mountainside standing as sentinels over the peaceful valley, you’ll be hard pressed not to just sit back an enjoy the views. The Shambala spa treatment will melt away any travel weariness in preparation for sight seeing at the famed Temple of the Divine Madman or the Punakha Dzong. With only nine rooms and two luxury villas, the intimate private terraces, elegant wooden furniture and bright, airy décor will have you feeling luxuriously looked after in no time. Let the gentle, smiling nature of the staff welcome you into their perfect paradise in the Punakha valley.
- Spectacular views over the valley and surrounding countryside
- Superb location for sightseeing the local Dzongs
- Can be booked in combination with the sister hotel in Paro
- Traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath at the in house Spa
- In room dining for romantic dinners and special occasions
Best time to go
The most popular time to visit is from September to November but Bhutan is a year round destination. Factors that will influence your travel time are the festivals and activities you wish to include. In the summer season from June to August Bhutan receives Monsoon rains and is best avoided. In Winter (December to February) some of the mountain passes may become inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
Bhutan is truly a nature and culture lover’s paradise. One of the birding hot-spots of Asia, there are many rare species to be spotted in these valleys and mountain terrains. Adventure seekers have a variety of Himalayan treks through wild mountain passes and seemingly untouched national parks. The Uma Punakha mingles the natural heritage of Bhutan with the luxurious comfort and style of the COMO group for a picture perfect luxury experience.
- Shambhala Retreat Spa
- Bukhari Restaurant
- Fully licensed travel agency & ground handler
- Laundry & pressing service
- English speaking staff
- Daily housekeeping
- Private cars & drivers
- Babysitting (on request)
The Bukhari restaurant serves both local and international cuisine with ingredients sourced from the local farmers in Punakha. The Punakha valley is considered one of the most fruitful valleys in Bhutan with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy daily. Savour the flavours of traditional Bhutanese dishes or take comfort in old favourites – whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
COMO Shambhala Menu offers healthy cuisine rich in living enzymes, vitamins and minerals, raw food and predominantly vegetarian selections, available at Bukhari and from room service.
With nine hillside Valley View rooms, and two free-standing luxury private villas (one One-Bedroom Villa and one two-bedroom COMO Villa), Uma Punakha provides luxury in the wilderness in signature COMO style.
9 Valley View Rooms (27–34 sq m/291-266sq ft): Valley View Rooms, some with outdoor terraces, are light and airy with king-size or twin beds, sheesham-wood furniture and bright wall paintings by local artisans. These rooms also have enough space for a comfortable lounge area, deep bathtubs and a separate shower.
1 One Bedroom Villa (51sq m/549sq ft; Outdoor Terrace: 18sq m/194sq ft): This one bedroom standalone villa with a separate living room, dressing room and bathroom offers extremely spacious accommodation. The villa has French windows opening up to the valley view from the bedroom. Outside, there is a private glade, abundant with flowers.
1 COMO Villa (90sq m/969sq ft; Outdoor terrace: 40sq m/ 431sq ft): The COMO two bedroom villa has a large living and dining area opening on to a panoramic sweep of the Punakha Valley. Two double bedrooms flank each side, affording dramatic views and welcome privacy—including from the large outdoor terrace. Interiors feature Bhutanese design details and understated comfort. In the bedrooms, luxurious Indian cotton bedcovers have hand-stitched patterns paying homage to Bhutan’s Buddhist culture and colours, while hand-knotted rugs come from nearby Nepal. The COMO Villa sits within its own glade planted with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas.
- Punakha was the seat of government in Bhutan till 1955 and is home to many cultural sites to visit
- Spa with traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath & signature treatments
- Trekking & local tours
- Bhutan is a bird watchers paradise – spend some time seeking out the highly prized Black Necked cranes
- White water rafting on the Mo Chu and Samdingka rivers
Children are welcome to Uma Punakha – we recommend taking the villas to allow for additional privacy and room for movement. A babysitting service is available on request.