- With a dramatic location amongst terraced rice paddies, Uma Punakha should be on every traveller’s luxury bucket list. The eight-room property affords superb views of lush hills cascading into the Mo Chu river. Sleek décor and a small yet excellent restaurant and spa achieve perfection.
- Possibly the best views of any luxury lodge in Bhutan. The property is part of the landscape, nestled on a hillside at a bend in the Mo Chu river. This means every room commands sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu as it winds its way through the rice fields and orchards.
- With nine hillside Valley View rooms, and two free-standing luxury private villas (one One-Bedroom Villa and one two-bedroom COMO Villa), COMO Uma Punakha provides luxury in the wilderness in signature COMO style.
- The Bukhari restaurant serves both local and international cuisine, while the standalone COMO Shambhala Retreat offers traditional holistic therapies.
- Punakha has an abundance of things to see and do, but just sitting on the terrace looking out at the views is absolutely amazing.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Bhutan is a country to see from the sky. With a birds-eye-view, the rice and chilli fields form a patchwork of colour, flanked on every side by mountains so high that even yaks can’t pass. Details jump out at you, like the smoke coil from a farmhouse, or a monastery tucked away deep in a pine forest.With our Scenic Heli-Adventure, you can take a 90-minute helicopter ride across the kingdom’s heartland, exploring three distinctly different valleys: The Laya Valley (also known as the hidden paradise), the tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent Dzongs, and the emerald Paro Valley, with rice paddies and ancient temples.
Hiking is almost a rite of passage in Bhutan, with more than 70 per cent of the country covered in forest and mountain. Twisting paths lead to hidden monasteries and temples, where views extend across the Himalayas. In Punakha, a popular hike takes you to the intricate temple complex of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, perched on a hill amongst avocado, passion fruit and orange trees. There’s also a gentle walk to Chimi Lakhang temple, passing through rice fields to reach the local village where the temple stands.In Paro, a five-hour drive over the winding Dochula pass, you can embark on Bhutan’s most well-known route up to Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery — a marvel of architecture, perched on a sheer rock face 3,000 metres above the valley. It is arguably the most iconic landmark in Bhutan, believed to be the place Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet.
The Mo Chhu river surges through the Punakha valley, winding its way past rice fields, villages and the iconic Punakha Dzong, where a retinue of 1,000 monks reside. White-water rafting trips take you to the heart of the action, with stretches of calm so you can sit back and take in the scenery, alongside grade two rapids where you have to grip on tight.
Blessing ceremonies in Bhutan are full of ritual and mystery. With COMO Uma Bhutan, you can mark an anniversary or important day with a two-hour traditional blessing at a Buddhist temple, where monks chant to the sound of drums, horns and cymbals. The exchange of ‘khadar’ (white scarves) is an important Bhutanese act, representing devotion and love, with blessed relationships said to be full of happiness and prosperity. After the blessing, you can return to COMO Uma Punakha and choose to eat al fresco overlooking the river, or in front of the fireplace at Bukhari restaurant.
A traditional hot-stone bath is one of the most relaxing ways to finish a day. At COMO Uma Punakha, our hot-stone bathhouse is perched on the hillside overlooking COMO Uma Punakha. River rocks drop into the hot water where they crack and steam, releasing minerals that can relieve deep-set aches and joint tension. At COMO Shambhala Retreat, we finish the hot-stone bath treatment with our signature COMO Shambhala Massage, which uses long, calming strokes to remove any lingering stress.
Uma by COMO Punakha is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From a picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for those who wish to explore this remote Himalayan Kingdom. The property is part of the landscape, nestled on a hillside at a bend in the Mo Chu river. This means every room commands sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu as it winds its way through the rice fields and orchards.Two villas – a two-bedroom COMO villa ideal for families and a one bedroom villa perfect for couples – provide not just privacy but soul-stirring views of the forest, mountains and the surrounding valley. The eight deluxe Valley View rooms, some with private terraces, share similar breathtaking views and are equipped with king size beds or twins and spacious bathrooms. Facilities at the hotel include a spa and restaurant.
With nine hillside Valley View rooms, and two free-standing luxury private villas (one One-Bedroom Villa and one two-bedroom COMO Villa), COMO Uma Punakha provides luxury in the wilderness in signature COMO style. Our Bukhari restaurant serves both local and international cuisine, while our standalone COMO Shambhala Retreat offers traditional holistic therapies.
Those seeking more than just luxury accommodation in Bhutan will not be disappointed by COMO Uma Punakha. The property is part of the landscape, nestled on a hillside at a bend in the Mo Chu river. This means every room commands sweeping views of the Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu as it winds its way through the rice fields and orchards.
Valley view rooms
Among luxury hotels in Bhutan, few have rooms with views like those at COMO Uma Punakha. Our 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 showerstall.
Private villas in Bhutan do not all offer such large living areas and expansive terraces as those found at COMO Uma Punakha. With a separate living room, dressing room and bathroom, this elegant one-bedroom, standalone house, has French windows opening up to the valley view from the bedroom.Outside, the villa has its own glade, where rhododendrons and hydrangeas frame the view from your terrace. From the bathtub, there are more dramatic Punakha Valley views.
Among villas in Punakha, few are as stately as the COMO Villa at Uma Punakha. Our headline luxury 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 brim with 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.
Much of our produce comes from local farmers-Punakha is considered one of the most bountiful valleys in Bhutan-which means we benefit from fresh vegetable, fruit and dairy products every day. All of this is used in traditional dishes as well as our international menus.
Bukhari is our Punakha restaurant at the heart of COMO Uma Punakha – named after the traditional Bhutanese fireplace. Lunch dishes feature international comfort foods such as pasta and salads, while dinner is a gastronomic treat. Menus are based on seasonal, local produce sourced by chef Tshering Lhaden, who delivers both Bhutanese and international dishes with strong flavours and finesse.
When it comes to private dining in Bhutan, we can orchestrate gourmet meals in a number of unique locations at COMO Uma Punakha. Be it a romantic supper on your villa’s terrace or an adventurous picnic on the banks of the Mo Chu river, our expert staff can help you stage a memorable occasion.
At our luxury hotel in Punakha, In-Room Dining menus—available until 10pm daily—include Himalayan dumplings (‘momos’) alongside healthy salads and familiar western-style comfort options like wraps and pasta dishes.
Among hotels in Punakha, our Uma staff stand out for their commitment to making your holiday memorable. Whether travelling alone, with a partner, friends or family, our facilities are available to anyone with an overnight stay—and promise to immerse you in the local culture.
Practicing yoga and meditation in Bhutan is an experience that truly belongs to these sacred mountains. COMO Shambhala Retreat in the Punakha Valley complements this perfectly, overlooking the twisting Mo Chhu river which slices through the green landscape. Our range of holistic, Asian-inspired treatments includes signature massages, facials and body therapies, as well as the country’s famous hot-stone bath. Treatments are also available to those staying elsewhere in the Punakha Valley, who wish to make use of our wellness centre.