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Sustainability and Community Investment

At COMO Hotels and Resorts, we act as custodians, rather than managers, of each destination. We recognise the privileges and responsibilities of being part of the community and are committed to celebrating local culture, supporting the domestic economy, and minimising our impact on the environment. Operating sustainably inspires and drives us to better serve our guests, develop our teams and plan for the future. These long-term goals are as important to us as creating memorable travel experiences for each of our guests.

We believe in sustainable development, hence our partnership with local organisations to preserve cultural traditions, habitats and biodiversity. We also recognise that destination stewardship is a cooperative, long-term endeavour, in which every individual employee, partner and guest can play an active role.

Habitats and Biodiversity

At COMO, we aim to preserve natural habitats to allow the ecosystems of each destination to thrive. 60 per cent of COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, for example, is minimally developed to preserve the rich biodiversity, especially that of the wetlands and mangroves. Our Bhutanese hotels, COMO Uma Paro and Punakha, cultivate indigenous tree species and work with local authorities in reforestation efforts of local blue pine and cypress trees. COMO Uma Paro is also committed to developing wildflower meadows, organic gardens and more mixed species woodland, using oak, hemlock, fir and maple saplings. These measures are paying off, attracting a rich variety of birdlife. In the Maldives, we partner with the Maldives Marine Research Centre to catalogue sightings of mantas and turtles, as well as to monitor ocean debris. We run a coral propagation programme at both COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi, where you may sponsor and install coral frames following its progress online even after you leave.

Preserving Culture

Every COMO hotel is developed to respect and showcase the natural and cultural heritage of the destination. The architecture at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, for example, references indigenous Indonesian building styles and materials, combining local stone, wood and traditional alang-alang roofing to create sophisticated spaces that are at once contemporary and thoroughly traditional.

We also celebrate artisanal skills unique to each culture and tradition. At COMO Uma Paro and Punakha, our interiors feature Bhutanese wall art hand-painted by our in-house artist. who also produces one-of-a-kind mementos for our boutique.