Swiss-born Paul Linder comes to COMO with a wealth of experience managing distinguished hotels and wellness resorts all over the world. His previous role was with Chiva-Som in Thailand, where he was General Manager for over 10 years.
Paul said: “I am thrilled to have joined COMO at such an exciting time for both Uma Ubud and COMO Shambhala Estate. The Estate is renowned for its 360-degree approach to wellness and was recently voted the world’s best destination spa by Condé Nast Traveller magazine and Asia’s best destination spa by Asia Spa magazine. It will be a privilege to continue developing this incredible place.”
Paul, who has also held senior management positions at The Shilla Hotel Seoul, The Oriental in Bangkok and Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz, will divide his duties between COMO’s two properties, in central Bali. Although distinct in what they offer–Uma Ubud is an intimate retreat with a focus on discovery and active pursuits, while the Estate concentrates on privacy, wellbeing, nutrition and yoga–the two share COMO’s holistic ethos and commitment to understated luxury. Many guests often choose to divide their Balinese experience between the two COMO properties when they visit the island.
About The COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts
Headquartered in Singapore, The COMO Group represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. This encompasses the hospitality collection known as COMO Hotels and Resorts, the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.
Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages handpicked, and individually curated properties, including The Halkin in London, two Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island in the Maldives, and three Uma experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan (the newest, Uma Punakha, opens September 2012). Point Yamu is a new property in Phuket, Thailand, opening 2013. The company also manages COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali in partnership with its sister brand in wellness. COMO Shambhala promotes health, relaxation and learning through its products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities within each COMO property.
Accurate and intuitive service, sympathetic and elegant design befitting each location, and outstanding cuisine are hallmarks of the COMO experience. Restaurants within COMO’s properties include the award-winning Thai restaurant nahm in London and Bangkok, and the internationally renowned Nobu restaurant in London.
COMO Hotels and Resorts Brand Positioning:
COMO Hotels and Resorts creates personalised luxury travel experiences highlighting wellness, cuisine, adventure and culture, service and design.
Urban Hotels: COMO Hotels and Resorts’ urban properties include The Halkin in London’s Belgravia, and Metropolitan hotels in London and Bangkok. All three properties feature award-winning chefs, a contemporary aesthetic and exceptional service. The lively Metropolitan hotels also house the world-famous Met Bars.
Island Resorts: COMO’s island resorts offer spectacular coastal locations, worldclass watersports and diving. The understated style and laid-back nature of Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos and Cocoa Island in the Maldives belie the exacting service that has become a COMO hallmark. At Point Yamu, opening 2013 on Phuket in Thailand, this standard will continue, along with sophisticated cuisine and comprehensive wellness treatments and activities at COMO Shambhala Retreats, which complete COMO’s approach to a perfect island holiday.
Adventure Retreats: The Uma properties in Paro and Punakha in Bhutan, and Ubud in Bali unveil local culture, nature, and religious and folkloric traditions. Specialist guiding, treks and tours, physical activities and tailor-made programmes ensure memorable insights into some of the world’s most unique locations. Intimate and relaxed, the Uma properties reference local design and cuisine while providing an unmistakably COMO experience.
Wellness Resorts: COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is a sanctuary for holistic wellness. Expert staff are goal-oriented, relevant and realistic in their consultative approach. Each guest’s individual needs and ambitions determine the programme of nutrition, exercise, therapies and activities. Facilities and tropical villa-style accommodation are impeccably appointed.