Situated on a remote cape on the busy island of Phuket, Point Yamu by COMO is a true escape and a design buffs dream. Its minimalist design, created by Paola Navone is truly impressive, whilst more European than Thai (which won’t suit everyone) it raises the bar for luxury holidays in Thailand.
There are 79 guest rooms and 27 private pool villas all with magnificent views across Phang Nga Bay. The COMO Shambhala spa is a definite star attraction – but it’s the food that takes centre stage with two modern dining options. Nahmyaa offers a modern take on traditional Thai food and was exceptional. Equally fabulous is the Italian restaurant La Sirena – which offers pool side dining, including breakfast (the main event) and fabulous wood fired pizzas. It’s all rather glamorous and jet set, but occasionally you forget you are in Thailand.
The rooms are pure white, including the sofa with furniture crafted from distressed wood. It’s very coastal-chic with blue signature fabrics and the unique Point Yamu pattern print seamlessly connecting the room with the view – and what a view it is.
The hotel comes alive at night when the warmth of the colour and lighting design gives life to the intricate designer features. You could easily spend your days by the 100 metre infinity pool. Note, there isn’t a beach, but you can take a day trip to a private ebach on a neighbouring island – highly recommended.
My first visit to a COMO Shambhala spa didn’t disappoint. It’s a vast section of the hotel that’s dedicated to health, wellness and relaxation. Decorated with turquoise tiling throughout, it is contrasted with white fabrics, seating and day beds. I loved the outdoor relaxation area with beds and a plunge pool overlooking the Phang Nga Bay. I visited twice and had the whole space to myself. Eight treatment rooms, all with views connect the outside at all times and the spa remains true to its philosophy with a spa menu rich with holistic, Asian inspired therapies and treatments. Being in Thailand, thai massage was a speciality. There’s a dedicated Thai Massage Pavillion within the spa, Jacuzzi and gym. I really liked the spa and the staff were attentive, gentle and welcoming.
Como Shambhala massage
I was treated to a COMO Shambhala Massage – the signature therapy. Using sweeping full body length massage strokes, the therapist suggest I gocCompletely naked, with modesty protected by a carefully placed cotton cover. Hesitant at first (which is such a truly British reaction) it was the best advice ever. The massage was so relaxing, a powerful, deep tissue massage blending with relaxing total body work out. It adopted aspects of accupressure and a touch of gentle muscle stretching and manipulation.
I was left to relax with warm ginger tea sweetened with honey in the spa relaxation area.
Traditional Thai massage
When in Thailand, go Thai! For the uninitiated, a Thia massage is an intense treatment at any time, done properly, even more so. On the floor in thai pyjamas, this really was intense, using deep muscle massage interspersed with intense stretching of the muscles and spine throughout. The 4 treatment space designated for thai massage is a great space and serves to bring a true touch of Thailand to the COMO spa. The treatment was authentic and really special. What sadly detracted from it was that I could hear the phone ringing in reception. One or two rings I could have forgiven, but ringing out – it was just annoying.
THE BEST BITS:
Morning yoga in the spa, looking across the trees and blue sea beyond
UK power plugs directly to the wall to charge, no need for converters or adaptors
Flowers everywhere including along the corridor in silver bowls of water
The arrival welcome treat – mango and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf
Fabulous pizza in the specially build pizza oven
Thai massage by a traditional therapist
Point Yamu by COMO
Double rooms from £166 per night including breakfast and free yoga class, excluding tax and service.
COMO Shambhala Signature Massage: 4125 Baht (approx. £75) for 75 mins.
Traditional Thai Massage: 4125 Baht (approx. £75) for 75mins.