Need To Know
29, including nine villas.
11am. Later check-outs may be accommodated, subject to a possible half-day’s room charge.
Double rooms from $480.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $95.00 per person per night prior to arrival and an additional government tax of $40.00 per person prior to arrival.
Rates include breakfast. Villas offer a private butler service.
Smoking is allowed in the bar and courtyard. Uma Paro will organise all visas necessary to visit Bhutan – the government maintains tight control on tourism.
At the hotel
Lounge, Como Shambhala Retreat spa, yoga studio, private cars. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar. Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms and Como Suites have free internet access.
Our favourite rooms
The wrap-around windows in Room 30 offer the most staggering mountain-scape views in the hotel (closely followed by room 40). You could lose hours just staring at the magical Himalayan landscape. If you’re after the private spa and butler service of the villas, number 15 is the most secluded and romantic.
The hotel’s quiet, compact pool is set into a chic stone-walled space with windows looking out over the pine-clad valley of Paro. Loungers beckon from the adjacent alfresco sundeck.
Bhutan is trekking country, so boots made for walking are essential footwear. If you wish to remain contactable during your mountain retreat (and we really don’t think you should), ensure your mobile operator has a roaming agreement for Bhutan.
The excellent Como Shambhala spa is set apart from the main lodge, encircled by forest. There’s an Ayurvedic focus, and the signature Traditional Bath, warmed with hot, mineral-rich stones and chased up with a massage, is worth climbing mountains for.
Under-12s stay for free and extra beds can be provided for US$50 a night. Babysitting is available for US$5 an hour, with a day’s notice. Food can be tailored to suit childish palates.
Restaurant ingredients are organic and locally sourced and many members of staff are involved in local clean-up and conservation projects.