An understated coupling of escape and adventure, mixed with awe inspiring landscapes and Buddhist tradition, provide the exceptional (and pretty much unrivalled) hotel experience that is Uma Paro. It’s in their philosophy to immerse you deep into both Bhutanese culture and landscape, and in doing so, they craft for each guest a unique and spiritual adventure.
Resting just beneath the snow-tipped Himalayas and flanked by thick surrounding pine forest provides the beautiful backdrop enveloping Uma Paro. An amazing ten minute ride from the airport, this spot is the perfect gateway to mountain-bike rides, climbs to Tiger’s Nest, treks to the Tibetan border, slogging on the Yeti trail, or simply enjoying Uma Paro’s fabulous spa.
There are twenty-nine rooms and nine villas at Uma Paro. Each is fashioned by a traditional Bhutanese architect, although modernist architecture reigns. Zen-inspired interiors mean rooms are spacious and warm, and every room is complete with a jaw dropping views of the Himalayas. Luxury features include DVD players, heated towel racks, in-room yoga mats, and our personal favourite, ‘bukhari’ stoves. Each night, your stove is lit for you, filling the room with that heavenly scent of pinewood.
Why we like it
On arrival, your personal butler welcomes you with five simply words: “your time is our time” (pretty much Uma Paro’s motto) – and he means it. Uma Paro offers round the clock care without taking away the remote or mystical ambience of Bhutan. True to their country’s belief in gross national happiness, Uma Paro’s staff will always greet you with a smile. The food is gourmet, delicious and plentiful. And there’s even a house dog, Fred (a big, friendly Labrador), to make you feel right at home.
And the spa, well it’s quite something. We’re talking treatment rooms, his and hers steam rooms, a gym, an indoor pool (one of the two in Bhutan) ideal for your aching feet after all that hiking, a personal yoga instructor, and master masseuse. In fact, once you get here, you’ll have little reason to leave.