Himalayan Film and Photography Expedition
Sister hotels COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha have partnered with Natural World Safaris and British-American photographer and Kodak Ambassador Michael Turek to launch Bhutan’s first Film and Photography Expedition from 2nd to 9th June 2019.
The ‘Eight-Day Film & Photography Expedition’ itinerary will give guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of Bhutan and to slow down and engage in the present moment through the lens of a film camera with the guidance of Michael Turek. Michael will be sharing his methods of shooting on film — a medium that encourages photographers to be present in the moment, and to capture their surroundings with deliberation and intention. By slowing down with film, participants will enjoy a deeper and more thoughtful observation of nature and discover a deeper level of engagement with the Bhutanese people. The result being more intimate visual illustrations of their experience in this unique country.
Guests will spend five nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha and will get to journey deep into the kingdom’s heartland to explore three distinctly different but important valleys: the bustling capital of Thimphu with its monuments, museums and markets; the tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent dzongs; and the emerald valley of Paro, with its rice paddies and ancient temples. Other highlights include walks along winding rivers to sacred monasteries and temples that cling to sheer cliffs faces as well as spectacular drives through mountain passes. The magic light of Bhutan will come alive on treks along forest trails lined with fluttering prayer flags.
The ‘Eight Day Film & Photography Expedition’ runs from 2nd June to 9th June 2019
The ‘Eight Day Film & Photography Expedition’ includes:
Accommodation for five nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha on a full board basis, including picnic lunches during excursion days (excluding beverages)
Six-and-a-half days of privately guided excursions, taking in the highlights of the Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valleys
The private services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide
One 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment
Private airport transfers and transport around Bhutan
All Bhutanese government visa and royalty fees, service charge and sales tax
All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
Complimentary one-hour daily yoga class whilst at COMO Uma Paro (except Sundays)
About the COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts
The COMO Group, headquartered in Singapore, represents Christina Ong’s unique vision of contemporary living. The COMO Group encompasses the hospitality collection known as COMO Hotels and Resorts, the international luxury fashion retailer Club 21, the award-winning wellness concept COMO Shambhala, and the philanthropic COMO Foundation.
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers personalised luxury travel experiences through individualised service, commitment to holistic wellness and award-winning cuisine. Each hotel is developed in response to the destination it inhabits, including COMO The Halkin in London, COMO The Treasury in Perth, Australia, and three COMO Metropolitan hotels in London, Bangkok and Miami Beach. COMO’s resort portfolio encompasses COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, COMO Cocoa Island, and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives, COMO Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand, and four COMO Uma experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan, including the newest resort, opened 2018, COMO Uma Canggu.
COMO also manages, in partnership with COMO’s sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. This flagship wellness retreat offers an integrated and immersive restorative experience that enables real and lasting improvements to one’s health. COMO Shambhala products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities are available within every COMO hotel and resort.
Young guests are also encouraged to enjoy COMO’s renowned service, design, cuisine and approach to wellness, through our Play by COMO. This approach is our way of delivering personalised family experiences. Play by COMO is available at COMO Maalifushi, COMO Parrot Cay, COMO Point Yamu and COMO Uma Canggu, with dedicated Play Spaces available.
City Hotels: COMO Hotels and Resorts’ urban properties include COMO The Halkin in London’s Belgravia, the COMO Metropolitan hotels in London, Bangkok and Miami Beach, and a city hotel in Perth, Australia, called COMO The Treasury. All five hotels feature award-winning chefs, a contemporary aesthetic and exceptional service.
Resorts: COMO’s private resorts offer a range of water-based excursions, including fly fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkelling and some of the world’s best diving and surfing. To this we add island adventures and cultural trips, like bike rides and temple visits. COMO Point Yamu on the island of Phuket in Thailand combines contemporary style with dramatic views overlooking the Andaman Sea and limestones of Phang Nga Bay. The understated style and laid-back nature of COMO Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos, COMO Cocoa Island and COMO Maalifushi in the Maldives belie the exacting service that has become a COMO hallmark. World-class cuisine and holistic wellness treatments at our COMO Shambhala Retreats complete COMO’s approach to a perfect beach holiday. The COMO Uma properties in Bhutan and Bali introduce the rich cultural heritage and local traditions that are unique to these dramatic destinations. Specialist guiding, treks and tours, physical activities and tailor-made programmes ensure memorable insights into some of the world’s most pristine locations. The COMO Uma properties include COMO Uma Ubud in Bali’s cultural heartland, COMO Uma Canggu on the island’s south coast — complete with a new COMO Beach Club — and in Bhutan, tucked into two distinct Himalayan valleys, COMO Uma Paro, and COMO Uma Punakha. All the Uma lodges reference local design and cuisine while providing an unmistakably COMO experience.
Wellness Destination: COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is a sanctuary for holistic wellness. Expert staff are goal-oriented, relevant and realistic in their consultative approach. Each guest’s individual needs and ambitions determine the programme of nutrition, exercise, therapies and activities, while facilities and tropical villa-style accommodation are impeccably appointed. All of this is set in a rich and auspicious clearing, above Bali’s beautiful Ayung River.
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