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COMO Uma Bhutan Takes Guests to the Skies with the Launch of Bhutan's First Helicopter Adventure Itinerary

January, 2017
COMO Uma Bhutan is proud to launch Bhutan’s first six-night helicopter adventure itinerary that will take guests deep into the Himalayan Kingdom.
The ‘Scenic Heli-Adventure’ journeys deep into the Kingdom’s heartland and explores three important but distinctly different valleys: The Laya Valley, otherwise known as Bhutan’s ‘hidden paradise,’ the tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent dzongs and the emerald Valley of Paro, with rice paddies and ancient temples.
Guests will be able to experience two guided helicopter trips, allowing them to experience dramatic scenic flights over homesteads, farmland, pine forests and lush valleys and giving them access to hard-to-reach areas while avoiding lengthy single-track roads.
Throughout the itinerary guests will return each night to the luxury and comfort of COMO Uma Bhutan lodges, with four nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha.
After two nights at COMO Uma Paro, the first of two guided helicopter flights across Bhutan take guests to COMO’s second property, COMO Uma Punakha, flying over a spectacular scenic Laya village, a hidden paradise located between the two main valleys, and home to the Layap people.
Basing themselves from COMO Uma Punakha for the next two nights, guests will partake in a range of guided excursions – plus an optional white-water rafting trip- to take them deep into Bhutan’s mystical mountainous regions.
Another privately guided helicopter flight will take guests to hidden scenic vista covering breathtaking aerial views of alpine mountains, the clear views of The Himalayan ranges, Mount Jhomolhari peak, amazing Turquoise Lake, Yak-herding camp where they may see yaks, marmot and a rare species of blue sheep.
The helicopter will then return to COMO Uma Paro for a final two nights, where a complimentary body treatment or yoga session at COMO Shambhala Retreat will be offered as a great way to wind down at the end of the thrilling six-night adventure.
James Low, General Manager of COMO Uma Bhutan, states: “We are thrilled to be launching a six-night helicopter itinerary that allows our guests access to some of the Kingdom’s further flung wonders and to show travelers authentic Bhutanese life. We aspire to bolster tourism to Bhutan with remarkable trips on a grand scale.”
Note to editors:
COMO Uma Bhutan’s Six-Night ‘Scenic Heli-Adventure’ includes:
  • Accommodation for four nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha on a full board basis, including picnic lunches during excursion days (excluding beverages)
  • Five-and-a-half days of privately guided excursions, exploring highlights of Paro, Laya and Punakha Valleys
  • The private services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • One 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment
  • Complimentary use of the library, swimming pool, steam room and gym at COMO Uma Paro
  • Complimentary wireless internet throughout COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha
  • Private airport transfers and transport around Bhutan
  • All Bhutanese government visa and royalty fees, service charge and sales tax
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • Complimentary one-hour daily yoga class whilst at COMO Uma Paro (except Sundays)
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited
COMO Uma Paro in Paro Valley
COMO Uma Punakha and a view of Punakha Valley
About COMO Uma Bhutan
COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha are located in two of the country’s most important regions: one in Paro Valley, close to many of Bhutan’s great cultural landmarks, the other in the Punakha Valley, a five-hour drive away. The rooms, suites and private villas are conceived as intimate, luxury retreats to be enjoyed after a day’s cultural activities and adventure pursuits, from Himalayan trekking to archery and white-water rafting. Single and dual destination packages such as ‘Himalayan Explorer’ allow guests to fully immerse themselves in Bhutan by combining spectacular drives, unique nature walks and fascinating cultural visits, and are available in three-, five-, seven- or ten-night itineraries.
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.
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers personalised luxury travel experiences at its urban hotels, island resorts, adventure retreats and wellness resorts through individualised service, commitment to holistic wellness and award-winning cuisine. Each property is hand-picked and individually curated, including COMO The Halkin in London, COMO The Treasury in Perth, AU, and three COMO Metropolitan properties in London, Bangkok and Miami Beach. Island resorts include COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, COMO Cocoa Island, and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives, COMO Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand, and three COMO Uma experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan.

COMO also manages, in partnership with COMO’s sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. This flagship wellness retreat offers an integrated and immersive restorative experience that enables real and lasting improvements one’s health. COMO Shambhala products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities are also available within each COMO property.

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