'In a nutshell, COMO seeks to transform people’s perception of what travel can be, and they do it by treating every person as an individual, with grace, attention and respect'.
There are so many commendable things to say about COMO Hotels and Resorts that perhaps the most appropriate place to begin is with the hotel group's philosophy, which encapsulates the experience that guests can expect whether they choose a remote tropical island destination or a beach resort beside a buzzing metropolis.
In a nutshell, COMO seeks to transform people's perception of what travel can be, and they do it by treating every person as an individual, with grace, attention and respect. That way, they say, they can ensure that guests always have a unique experience enjoying the stylish environments whilst gaining insights into the destinations at the same time.
So while our three selected destinations here are all very much steeped in COMO thinking, each one is most definitely distinct, putting their own inventive twist on service, accommodation and presentation. They are all new too, giving guests the opportunity to be the first to experience each of the properties whilst they are eager to establish an unassailable reputation as the leading resorts in their own part of the world.
COMO Point Yamu, on the northeast coast of Phuket, is the tenth member of COMO's family of unique destinations; the resort will open its doors to aficionados of luxury travel in November this year. Located on the very tip of Yamu peninsula, Point Yamu offers 106 rooms, including 27 private villas with panoramic views of the cape and Andaman Sea. Guests can use the resort as a base to explore the dramatic limestone islands and calm turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay, including the island which has come to be known as James Bond Island due to its starring role in the movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Just 20 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the hotel is an attractive proposition for guests looking for a short break to recharge their batteries and those in need of a complete escape from city life.
December 2013 saw the opening of COMO Maalifushi, the first luxury resort on the Thaa Atoll in the Maldives. This secluded eight acre island retreat with a uniquely private location tempts guests with pristine white sands, swaying palm trees and bright turquoise lagoons dotted with uninhabited islands, one of which can be booked for castaway picnics and romantic private dining. The resort's enchanting overwater accommodation, which includes a number of deluxe suites and villas with private pools, are located on the west side of the island, all offering uninterrupted ocean views. Interiors, created by Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi, feature COMO's signature pared-back style using locally sourced materials and expert use of natural light. The Madi restaurant will offer international, Maldivian and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine, whilst Tai will serve Japanese-inspired fare.
The exciting trio was completed by COMO Metropolitan, Miami Beach, the group's beachside hotel that opened late 2013. This ultra-chic property located in an original 1930's building (formerly the Traymore hotel) in the historic Art Deco district, offers direct access to Miami's iconic South Beach. A COMO Shambhala wellness area, seafood restaurant featuring COMO cuisine, along with COMO's impeccable service and contemporary design are set to make this the definitive place to be seen in the city. Interiors at the hotel were created by the Italian designer Paola Navone, featured left.
Paola Navone, Point Yamu designer
"You can't come to Point Yamu and not be influenced by the view and the resort's contact with the Andaman Sea. Because you're at the end of a peninsula, you have this beautiful empty space and water all around. I'm used to the Greek Mediterranean where one is so often looking down into the deep blue, but from Point Yamu you have a vision that spreads out from where you're standing to the far horizon. You feel the presence of the sea at every moment, and the reflection of the sky. You feel like you want to go out in a boat, to explore all those islands that look like bubbles, like cakes in the ocean."
Why settle for one when you can have two...
Phuket and Bangkok
We can think of no better companion to Point Yamu than the Metropolitan Bangkok hotel in Bangkok. Perfect for a city break spent in award-winning luxury - Nahm restaurant having been ranked in the World's 50 Best Restaurants, and scooping the number three position in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for 2013.
The Maldives is an ideal island hopping destination. With complimentary seaplane transfers from Maalifushi, we recommend COMO Cocoa Island on the South Malé Atoll, an exquisite retreat bursting with hibiscus and palms. Thatched Dhoni suites overhang the limpid lagoon - simply slip into the warm sea from your private deck.
Miami and Turks & Caicos
Miami is within easy reach of the Turks & Caicos. The Metropolitan, Miami Beach makes an ideal getaway combination with COMO Parrot Cay, winner of the Condé Nast Traveller Awards 2013. Head to this wellbeing retreat set on its own private island with a pristine beach for some spa pampering and relaxation.