COMO Point Yamu, on a secluded east coast peninsula of Phuket, has 360-degree views across the Andaman Sea and the ancient limestone karsts of the UNESCO-protected Phang Nga Bay. The bay, made famous by James Bond’s Man with the Golden Gun, has developed in recent years as a popular yachting destination with underwater attractions for divers and snorkelers.
The interior aesthetic is by renowned Italian designer Paola Navone, who also created COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach. The collaboration sees COMO’s signature clean lines and pared-back, contemporary style united with Navone’s eclectic, colourful approach and the use of local materials. The result is a dazzling palette of bright aquamarines and burnt oranges.
Using Thai artisanal techniques such as traditional wood tiling, and material such as woven rattan for texture, the design reflects the presence of the sea, Thailand’s Buddhist culture and the colourful influence of Phuket’s Peranakan culture. The ocean-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows in each room offer spectacular views of the turquoise waters.
Residents have the choice of two restaurants at the resort, as well as a light bar menu from the poolside bar, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Sirena offers Italian cooking and locally caught seafood, with views of aquamarine Phang Nga Bay stretching out beyond the 100 m infinity pool. Nahmyaa serves lunch and dinner inspired by southern Thai cuisine. Dinner includes whole fish (grilled, steamed and fried), river prawns and crab, with tastes combining the hot, salty, sweet and sour notes that define this distinct culinary tradition. Desserts, which are very popular in Thai culture, include pandanus jellies and sweet sticky rice with mango.
In addition, residents can benefit from COMO Shambhala Cuisine, which is designed to maximise energy with the use of raw foods rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals. There is no calorie counting, although dishes are conspicuously light. Instead, the food optimises nutrition while tasting delicious, with unprocessed honey replacing other sweeteners and, when fat is needed, organic olive oil replacing butter. The COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu is available in all of the resort’s restaurants as well as in-room dining.
It is not just through food that COMO Point Yamu caters to residents’ wellbeing. The award- winning COMO Shambhala Retreat offers yoga, Pilates and related treatments. The retreat building incorporates nature into the spa experience so that residents feel more connected. Facilities include five single treatment rooms, a yoga studio and two Jacuzzis. There are also two double treatment rooms, meaning couples can enjoy their treatments together.
Therapies include various kinds of hands-on healing, from the company’s signature COMO Shambhala Massage to a traditional Thai massage. Treatments unique to COMO Point Yamu include the Lanna Heritage Full Body Compress, utilising traditional Thai herbs and spices in warmed boluses, a Thai Abdominal Chi Massage to promote better digestion, and a Lanna Heritage Body Scrub utilising lemongrass and galangal to stimulate circulation and nourish tired skin. Phuket’s sunshine encourages active pursuits.
The warm and typically calm Andaman Sea beckons water-sports enthusiasts, with snorkelling and diving opening up another world teeming with marine life. Other popular activities include hiring a private yacht, and fishing. The island boasts three golf courses, one of which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Family activities are manifold, and are supported by an experienced team of activity leaders and babysitters, with a children’s activity area, Play by COMO.
With COMO providing maintenance and management to exacting standards, owners have access to the same amenities and services as hotel residents, including the award-winning spa, sophisticated cuisine, service and numerous activities.
COMO’s villa ownership achieves the fine balance of the ideal holiday retreat and a perfectly managed investment whilst the villa rental programme allows villa owners to maximise rental yield year-round, supported by COMO’s exacting standards.
COMO has built its reputation around modern precision and a sense of place to deliver memorable travel experiences in both urban and resort destinations. Staff strive to be discreet and intuitive, as well as passionate with a commitment to nurturing your wellness.
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