COMO Shambhala Retreat at Uma Paro, Bhutan

More than a retreat, Uma Paro provides expertise to explore more deeply, to go biking, hiking and discover hidden worlds

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  • Location: Paro, Bhutan, Asia
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Uma Paro is located in Bhutan, a Himalayan kingdom steeped in fable. The all-Buddhist "Land of the Thunder Dragon" is culturally unique. Like the mystical Shangri-la, it features flower-filled valleys, jungle, terraced hills and dramatic ranges wrapped in mist.
Accommodation fuses understated modernity with intricate detailing fashioned by local artisans. Cuisine combines lost Himalayan recipes blended with contemporary accents.
At the resort's COMO Shambhala Retreat, find a yoga studio, meditation area, hot stone bathhouse and an indoor pool.
Experienced guides and challenging treks present the opportunity to experience something new in a land that time forgot.

Location

Bhutan is landlocked, with India to the south and Tibet to the north. The topography is dramatically varied, featuring pine-clad valleys, terraced hills and towering, snow-tipped mountain ranges with impenetrable heights. Monasteries cling to cliffsides and rivers snake through valleys. Orchards line their banks. Villages and towns are un-spoilt, and the economy almost exclusively rural. With Uma Paro, the country is more accessible than you think.

The Resort

The hotel is located on a 38-acre site atop a gently sloping tree-clad hill, overlooking the town of Paro in the valley below. The rich Paro valley is one of the main cultural centres of Bhutan situated towards its western border. It is also where the nation's only airport is located, with flights to Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi, and Kathmandu, serviced by Bhutan's national airline, Druk Air. Thimpu is the capital. Bumthang lies towards the east, and Punakha at the country's centre.

Accommodation

At Uma Paro, there are 20 rooms and nine villas (including one two-bedroom villa), fashioned by traditionally-trained Bhutanese artisans alongside Cheong Yew Kwan, architect of COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, as well as private residences at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos.

The nine Superior doubles have views of the surrounding pine forests, featuring bathrooms and a modest sitting area. The nine Deluxe doubles have the same facilities, but are larger at 32sq metres; six have balconies, and all have stunning views of the Paro Valley. In the two suites there are separate sitting, dining and study areas as well as 180 degree views of the landscape from the bright corner bedrooms, while the eight one-bedroom villas enjoy a private spa. The stately two-bedroom villa, has an outdoor hot stone bat-tub, private spa facilities and an open air courtyard with fire pit.

Cuisine

As with all COMO Hotels and Resorts, cuisine is considered a crucial element of the guest experience. At Uma Paro, the restaurant, is housed in a circular pavilion set among tall pine trees with floor-to-ceiling windows and a ‘bukhari' fireplace at its centre. Guests can also dine at Uma's central courtyard or at the lobby bar, and for quiet nights of total privacy, the resort offers in-room dining until 10pm.

COMO Shambhala cuisine - designed to maximise energy and wellbeing with the use of raw, organic foods rich in vitamins and living enzymes - is integrated into Uma Paro's menus.

Health and Fitness

Uma Paro has developed a substantial COMO Shambhala Retreat which is sympathetic to the culture. Yoga and meditation is an important element of the experience as well as Asian-inspired treatments incorporating Bhutanese traditions in holistic wellness.
* Four treatment rooms
* Indoor Yoga studio
* Steam rooms
* Hot stone bath house
* Indoor pool with outdoor sundeck
* Asian-inspired holistic therapies developed by COMO Shambhala, including reflexology, Ayurveda, massage and facials

Activities and Excursions

* Complimentary daily Yoga class
* Full service treks and overnight camps - various lengths, including the Classic Druk Path trek
* Mountain biking - tours ranging from gentle downhill runs to more challenging routes
* Cultural and special interest tours - visiting Thimpu, temples and museums as well as customised excursions into Central and Eastern Bhutan
* Guided day walks - exploring the Paro or Haa valleys and their cultural highlights with English-speaking guides
* Museum, temple and gallery visits

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