Como Uma Paro
The 29 room Uma Paro is surrounded by orchards, valleys and terraced mountains. Built by traditionally trained Bhutanese artisans the hotel is infused with clean lined modernism whilst maintaining the feel of a Bhutanese village melding into the Blue Pine forest on the cliffs above. All 20 rooms and 9 villas are built to maximize forest, mountains or valley views.
The nine deluxe double rooms have large, oversized bathrooms and separate showers.
The nine superior doubles have the same facilities but are larger in size and six also have private balconies with views up the Paro valley.
There are two suites both with separate sitting, dining and study areas, while the eight one-bedroom villa’s enjoy a private spa and courtyard.
The principal two-bedroom villa has an open fire, rock tub and courtyard.
Guest rooms are decorated with bedcovers in natural Indian cottons and have been handstitched with striped motifs and Bhutanese colors, the handwoven rugs are sourced from nearby Nepal. In room facilities include flat screen TV’s, DVD players, an electric personal safe, yoga mats and mini bars.
Spa Treatments, Yoga and More
The retreat facilities include four spa treatment rooms, and the treatments offered are Asian inspired holistic therapies, yoga pavilion, steam rooms, hydro pool, hot stone bath house, gym and indoor pool with outdoor sundeck.
The restaurant, Bukhari, is housed in a circular pavilion set among tall pine trees with floor to ceiling windows and a bukhari fireplace at its center, which serves traditional Bhutanese and Indian cuisine.
You can also dine beside the pool or at the bar, and for those wishing total privacy, in-room dining is available.
The Uma by COMO, Paro’s main building, formally the home of a Bhutanese nobleman, forms the visual focus of the resort.
The materials used within the Uma resort include stone wood and tiles, handcrafted using age old techniques combined with Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camellias and Hydrangeas giving the resort an organic unstructured sensibility. The Bhutanese style is strongly felt in the timbers darkened by smoke from wood fires, and white walls vividly hand painted by local artists.
This ancient town is home to many of the country’s most decorous temples and monasteries, the National Gallery, and of course the airport. Surrounded by the scenic Paro Valley, the city is watched over by the impassive Mount Chomolhari, from which the enriching waters of the Paro River flow.
If you see an archery tournament, be sure to ask your guide to stop, as the archers are incredibly skillful.