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COMO Uma, Punakha
Why we like it
- An intimate luxury lodge
- Nestled on a hillside at a bend in the Mo Chu river
- Every room or suite commands sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu river
- COMO Shambhala Retreat offering Asian inspired treatments
- Traditional Bhutanese design with contemporary style
- Activities include hiking, cycling and river rafting for the energetic
- Genuine, attentive and friendly staff
- Stay here to discover and experience this less visited area of Bhutan in style
After a day exploring the unspoiled natural valley by mountain bike enjoy a traditional Bhutanese hot-stone bath treatment at the tranquil spa.
Dawa in Bhutan was a very decent, honourable, kind and funny man - excellent. Rekha in Delhi was the most gentle, knowledgable and couteous lady - excellent.
- IG, West Midlands
COMO Uma Punakha is a wonderful creation of contemporary design that has been sculpted into the landscape. The Punakha Valley is breath-taking and Uma Punakha captures the essence of this beautiful area, sitting out on the stone terrace in the evening surrounded by the magnificent valley is a true indulgence of the senses. The accommodation on offer is a selection of nine valley view rooms with floor to ceiling windows some with private terraces. The interior design is simple with neutral colours, sheesham-wood furniture and bright wall paintings by local artisans. There is also a one bedroom villa and a two bedroom villa, these villas are both freestanding and feel like a private house with their own large terrace perfect for private dining. Bathrooms are luxurious and spacious with a free standing bath tub and separate shower.Uma Punakha has one restaurant: The Bukhari which serves both local and international cuisine. The chefs will happily prepare a sumptuous picnic if a whole day out in the valley is planned and private dining is also available on request. The food is delightful with only the freshest of ingredients used from this plentiful Bhutanese valley. A stay at Uma Punakha gives exceptional access to some of Bhutan's most celebrated landscapes and historic sites, including the famous Temple of the Divine Madman and the imposing Punakha Dzong.
Best time to be there
Bhutan offers warm days and cool nights all year round. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear for mountain photography. 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.
Paro - Flights available on Druk Air from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Bangkok and Kathmandu
3 hours from Delhi
GMT +6 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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