“Bhutan has been on our wish list for years. So, to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, my wife whisked us both off on a surprise trip. Uma Paro was perfect for a special occasion. It is surrounded by thick forest, perched on the edge of a Himalayan cliff and feels like a magical eyrie overlooking Paro. Just 10 minutes from the airport, it is convenient for seeing the city, but is far enough removed to still feel wild.
We stayed in a villa with private butler and it really made the trip. He couldn’t do enough for us and organized all sorts of activities: visiting local markets, mountain hikes and bike ride, even archery lessons. Plus, of course he sent us out to see the famous Tiger’s Nest Buddhist Monastery - a day I will never forget. I loved the design of the hotel. It mixes traditional elements with modern comfort. Rooms are minimalist, but what they do have feels suitably Bhutanese. I also really enjoyed having the chance to immerse myself in the culture with excellent local dishes in the restaurant, it made the whole trip feel as if we really were experiencing the true Bhutan, if only for a little while. We also took advantage of Como’s other Bhutan property, Uma Punakha, in order to see more of the country. Combing the two couldn’t have been simpler thanks to the wonderful staff at both.”
- Trusted Friend: Michael Kidson, Cape Town
(Date Experienced: March 2013)
Getting to grips with this secretive country.
As a couple or family.
The Tiger’s Nest Monastery - but I won’t ruin it by saying why!
Best time to go
There is something going on at almost any time of the year, from wildlife and culture events to colorful festivals. The rainy season from June to September can be a bit miserable, and occasionally flights to and from Paro are cancelled during these months.
This is an active holiday - bring your walking shoes and be prepared to hike to see the best stuff.