Ira De Ritis

Point Yamu by COMO

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  • Why:First stop on our tour of Southeast Asia – 3 days of pampering + jetlag recovery.
  • When:September 2014
  • Who:Me + the hubby
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Point Yamu by COMO A playful Buddhist shrine with objects from Thai and Burmese artisans lit with glowing pendants inspired by woven lobster traps.

A playful Buddhist shrine with objects from Thai and Burmese artisans lit with glowing pendants inspired by woven lobster traps.

Point Yamu by COMO 100m long – the infinity pool has a separate area for kids.

100m long – the infinity pool has a separate area for kids.

Point Yamu by COMO Phang Nga Bay’s ancient limestone rocks play peek-a-boo poolside. Hundreds of islands, the Unesco Heritage was the filming location for James Bond, Man with a Golden Gun.

Phang Nga Bay’s ancient limestone rocks play peek-a-boo poolside. Hundreds of islands, the Unesco Heritage was the filming location for James Bond, Man with a Golden Gun.

Point Yamu by COMO Nature meets modernity, the garden and rear façade…with views to the poolside lounge and sea.

Nature meets modernity, the garden and rear façade…with views to the poolside lounge and sea.

Point Yamu by COMO Vibrant orange pillars reflect the iconic orange robes worn by Thailand’s Buddhist Monks.

Vibrant orange pillars reflect the iconic orange robes worn by Thailand’s Buddhist Monks.

Point Yamu by COMO Aqua Bar’s textural ceramics give a nod to Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese architecture. Open for cocktails, smoothies, fresh juices and snacks.

Aqua Bar’s textural ceramics give a nod to Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese architecture. Open for cocktails, smoothies, fresh juices and snacks.

Point Yamu by COMO COMO’s delightfully light Shambhala Cuisine is available 24/7, and focuses on regenerative foods rich in living enzymes and sea minerals (often served raw).

COMO’s delightfully light Shambhala Cuisine is available 24/7, and focuses on regenerative foods rich in living enzymes and sea minerals (often served raw).

Point Yamu by COMO Teak from northern Thailand and pops of turquoise accent the Verandah Suite’s white-on-white spacious master bedroom.

Teak from northern Thailand and pops of turquoise accent the Verandah Suite’s white-on-white spacious master bedroom.

Point Yamu by COMO Our private terrace overlooking the sea.

Our private terrace overlooking the sea.

Point Yamu by COMO The private dining room’s communal marble table seats 20.

The private dining room’s communal marble table seats 20.

Point Yamu by COMO A very Thai “street

A very Thai “street" ice cream cart poised against Cape Yamu’s landscape.

Point Yamu by COMO Playing around with a pineapple pina colada on route to the beach.

Playing around with a pineapple pina colada on route to the beach.

Point Yamu by COMO Early morning, a parade of elephants and their umbrellas stand ready to shelter guests from the sun.

Early morning, a parade of elephants and their umbrellas stand ready to shelter guests from the sun.

Highs & Lows

  • Cuisine: the amazing restaurant served breakfast, spicy local fare and Shambhala menu.

  • Design: indoor/outdoor spaces around the property and in the rooms embrace the island’s natural setting.

  • The service: always smiling, all of the staff from reception to housekeeping were authentic and genuine.

  • The views: perched above Cape Yamu, the resort features 360 degree views of the sea.

  • The activities: in and out of the spa, guests can join in yoga, bike tours of Yamu Island, garland making and more….(activity schedule provided at check-in).

  • No beach, but a visit to the nearby Ranyai islands is available twice daily by longboat– picnic lunches packed on request!

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Hotel + Spa Retreat

  • Vibe

    Laidback contemporary luxury, with eclectic indigenous flavour.

  • Location

    A small peninsula on the mostly undeveloped east coast of Phuket Island, far away from the touristy Patong Beach.

  • Rooms

    79 rooms and suites, 27 private villas

  • Music

    Downtempo – relaxing, and current.

  • Year Opened

    2013

  • Designed By

    Paola Navone; the original structure was designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes – a 100m long infinity pool with plush seating and uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea. Guests can access the Shambhala Spa’s gym, yoga studio (unlimited classes) jacuzzi, and steam room.

  • Restaurant

    La Sirena (Italian) and Nahmyaa (inspired by Thai Street food).

  • Bar

    Yes – poolside Aqua Bar, open from 9am to midnight.

  • Minibar

    Local treats – white lavender chocolate and healthy snacks made locally.

  • Children

    If you’ve got them – the resort has a kid’s club, and villas are available family style with 2-3 bedrooms.

  • Price

    Suites can be pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Explore Ranong Road’s street market and local foodie culture

Explore Ranong Road’s street market and local foodie culture

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Point Yamu by COMO

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