Cynthia Rowley

Uma Paro

with Cynthia Rowley
  • Where:Bhutan

  • Why:Spring break with my family.

  • When:Mid-March

  • Who:Hubby Bill Powers, daughter Kit (age 14) and daughter Gigi (age 9) - all world travelers.

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Highs & Lows

  • You are assigned your butler, guide and driver - all of which are smart and speak perfect English.

  • The food in Paro was fantastic! Every meal.

  • Architectural integrity is culturally perfect yet luxurious.

  • Family friendly in the most sophisticated way.

  • Definitely not a place to get crazy. No bar scene (I tried) and not a lot of socializing with other guests.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    COMO Hotel and Resort

  • Vibe

    Cool, contemporary aesthetic.

  • Location

    The hotel is located on a 38-acre site atop a gently sloping, tree-clad hill overlooking the town of Paro in the valley below. The rich Paro Valley is one of the main cultural centers of Bhutan, situated toward its western border. It is also where the nation's only airport is located with flights to Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi, and Kathmandu, serviced by Bhutan’s national airline, Druk Air.

  • Rooms

    29 rooms and suites.

  • Music


  • Year Opened

    November 2004

  • Designed By

    Kathryn Kng (Interior Designer) and Cheong Yew Kwan (Architect).

  • Pool/Gym

    Has pool, gym and spa. The spa features four treatment rooms, an indoor pool and sundeck, yoga studio and two private hot stone bath house treatment rooms.

  • Restaurant

    Best food! Choice of Western style, Bhutanese or Indian. ‘Bukhari’ serves wholesome, Bhutanese-Indian cuisine and inspired Western cuisine.

  • Bar

    Yes with a cool Indiana Jones vibe.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free.

  • Children


  • Price

    Expensive luxury.

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