COMO – Uma Punakha named best hotel in Asia 

In what are truly mammoth achievements for COMO Hotels and Resorts, COMO Uma Punakha was awarded the third best hotel in the world, while COMO Uma Punakha and COMO Uma Paro in Bhutan were awarded the first and second place respectively in the ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ category.

This is as per the results of the 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler which was announced last week. The winners were chosen from responses from nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers, who submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

COMO Uma Bhutan’s General Manager James Low reportedly said these were among the most significant awards in their 25-year history for COMO Hotels and Resorts.

“We have just 29 rooms at COMO Uma Paro, and 11 at COMO Uma Punakha. An award this size for properties this intimate recognises the heart of the matter in modern luxury tourism: people remember what changes them, not just what indulges them. That makes me immensely proud — for the integrity of the brand and its deep engagement with Bhutanese culture, from food to interior design. Above all, it recognises the passion shown by our staff, who consistently shine in their one-one-one engagement with every guest as they share their magnificent country. That’s the COMO difference: travel to Bhutan with COMO, and our highly trained butlers and drivers escort you through every part of this Himalayan mountain experience,” he added.

Meanwhile, COMO The Treasury in Perth also won recognition in the 2018 awards as it was awarded the first place in the Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand category for the third year in a row. In the Resorts category, COMO Uma Ubud was awarded the second Best Resort in Asia.

Headquartered in Singapore, COMO Hotels and Resorts offers personalized luxury travel experiences at its urban hotels, island resorts, adventure retreats and wellness resorts through individualized service, commitment to holistic wellness and award-winning cuisine. It has 14 luxury properties around the globe in destinations including Bhutan, Turks and Caicos, Miami, Indonesia, Australia, the UK and the Maldives.

Meanwhile, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”.

Yenten Thinely from Thimphu