Uma by COMO, Punakha (Uma Punakha)

COMO Hotels have recently opened Uma by COMO, Punakha, a sister property to Uma Paro (or Uma by COMO, Paro as it’s now supposed to be called. Catchy, no?)

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Located 50 miles east of Bhutan's capital Thimphu, and at 4,000ft above sea level, Uma Punakha (sorry, we just can't do it) sits in the lush and tranquil Punakha Valley with panoramic views over the rolling terraced hills and Mo Chu River.

Designed along the same lines as its sister property, the new lodge features 11 elegant rooms with huge beds, wood-burning stoves and hand-painted murals on the walls portraying traditional Bhutanese scenes.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities including white-water rafting, hiking and cycling, as well as yoga and visits to the COMO Shambhala spa, which has traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath.

Meanwhile the open plan Bukhari bar and restaurant showcases the best in local, seasonal Bhutanese dishes.

COMO are offering special packages for guests looking to combine stays at the two properties, and also at the Bumdra Monastery Camp - the group's own wilderness campsite high in the Himalaya and accessed via remote mountain paths. Please ask us for more information on these combinations.

(Photos currently from Uma Paro - except the first - while we wait for professional photos of the new hotel)

Why we love it


A short distance from the hotel is Punakha Dzong, the confluence of the Mo Chu River and a major tributary and an important religious site where the young King of Bhutan was recently married.

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