"Your time is my time" was what our butler, Jeewan, said when he greeted us upon our arrival. In the following 5 days, we were so well taken care by him around the clock that what he said was not just a welcome speech only.
There are 9 villas plus one 2 bedroom villa at Uma. There is a butler for each villa and Jeewan was ours. From making the place most comfortable to organizing our daily activities, attending to what we needed was his only duty since the minute we checked in. He also served as our waiter at the restaurant. The resort was full when we were there but Jeewan reserved the best table for us all the time.
We have met many butlers during our years of traveling and Jeewan is the best so far. Our villa, #16, was far away from the main building and Jeewan drove us back and forth with buggy most of the time. He was always punctual. There was one time that we heard the car and it was about 3 minutes earlier than our pickup time. We waited but there was no knocking. So I opened the door to check and I saw Jeewan stood right outside and he was waiting until the exact minute to knock on our door. His attention to details was what made him stood out among other butlers who only did the job right.
In the living room there was a fireplace, which the Bhutanese called BUKHARI. Everyday at nightfall, Jeewan came to lit the fire and the room would fill with a heavenly scent of burning pinewood. While we were enjoying our main course at dinner, Jeewan would rush back to our room and add more wood into the fireplace so that the fire would last until we went to bed. He even offered to come every morning to restart the fire before we wakeup. We had sweet dream every night.
Although there is only one restaurant, food were wonderful at Uma. A simple but beautifully presented breakfast buffet with hot dishes being cooked to order. A all day dining menu features salad, sandwich and pizza. Dinner menu includes Western, Bhutanese and Indian dishes which will be changed every three days. Our room rate included all meals so that we could eat at anytime and order anything we wanted from the menu. Portion was big so we ended up asking for a smaller portion even though most dishes we tried were quite delicious.
After visiting Paro and Thimphu, we would say Bhutan is far from ready to receive a larger number of visitor. Without Uma, we may not have enjoyed the "Land of Thunder Dragon" as much as we did. Uma's high level of service was what we did not expect from this country where tourism is just sprouting. However, Uma is as good as, or even better than some of the luxurious resorts that we have visited before. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- COMO Uma Paro offers luxury in the heart of Bhutan. Hotel guests enjoy sweeping views of the pristine Himalayas from the 37-acre estate, comprising a mere 20 rooms and nine villas with a design that is a subtle fusion of indigenous style, and a fresh, clean-lined modernism. COMO Uma Paro also offers adventure. The town of Paro, Bhutan's main cultural hub, lies nearby. Hiking, mountain biking and overnight luxury camping trips are all available. Guests can later restore and indulge in vital holistic therapies at COMO Shambhala Retreat, and dine in style at the Bukhari Restaurant, where local Bhutanese produce is blended with Indian and Western cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Uma Paro Hotel Paro
- Uma Hotel Paro
- Paro Uma Hotel