THE end of the year calls for holidays packaged a little more indulgently: personalised service, curated outdoor explorations and experiences, plenty of fine foods and luxurious spas.
Each of the 14 COMO Hotels and Resorts in exclusive locations around the world promise transformational experiences through their meticulously planned events so guests can journey through the final leg of 2018 in style and make it all exquisitely memorable for their loved ones.
In the Maldives, sit down to traditional family-style dinners on the beach under a star-pricked sky.
In London, COMO’s new live-fire grill, Gridiron, will serve up an elegant farm-to-table feast.
In Bangkok, the party kicks off at COMO’s Thai restaurant, nahm, consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the world.
Afraid you’d over-indulge and lose the benefits of the health regime you’ve been faithfully keeping to throughout the year? The COMO Shambhala Cuisine will be readily available for the more conservative diner, offering a nutritious, impeccably-flavoured alternative to the traditionally heavy Christmas meal. At COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, a “retreat for change”, the festive feast combines traditional Balinese dishes with nutritious twists on yuletide classics.
ADVENTURES FOR ALL
The days spent at COMO Hotels and Resorts promise all sorts of thrills. Take your pick: Fancy a week of diving in the Maldives using COMO’s private yacht? After treating yourself to the surreal sights of the underwater world, end the day with an eight-course oceanside feast.
If land-bound adventures are more your thing, go hiking in mountainous, emerald-green Bhutan. You’ll find perfect moments in this tranquil setting to bond with family and discover together a Buddhist way of life in the high Himalayas.
Then there’s Bali. Celebrate your endeavours and triumphs of the year in the mystical island in Indonesia; take on new challenges — learn to surf in Bali’s warm, blue waters and then have a rousing finale welcoming in the new year at COMO’s hottest, new Canggu beach club.
There are other great COMO stay vacations — for soft breezes and restorative spaces, stay in a gorgeous beachside villa in the Turks and Caicos and embrace the romance of the archipelago.
But perhaps the city is where it’s all at for you? If you never want to be far from the city, its bustle and shopping hubs, settle luxuriously in one of COMO’s beautifully appointed urban hotels, such as in a penthouse suite overlooking the city of Perth in Australia.
Throughout the festive season, keep life in balance with complimentary sunrise yoga classes at COMO’s resorts. For aching bodies and tired minds, their award-winning massages and treatments are complemented with nurturing ginger teas and nutritionally-packed COMO Shambhala juices.
Trying to keep the younger ones in the entourage engaged should not be difficult; special festive events have been dreamt up at each location: Christmas tree lighting, keeping Santa company, treasure hunts and gingerbread house building, surf school led by Tropicsurf, traditional Balinese dancing and children’s yoga.
Bookings before December 20 this year receive exclusive rates on all stays and experiences. For more information, visit www.comohotels.com
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS WITH ANDREW STEAD
COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is intending to help you achieve your goals for 2019 with the expert help of one of the best executive coaches and resilience teachers in the world, Andrew Stead.
“By creating space away from the frantic festive season, guests can focus on laying a solid foundation for the beginning of the year, which creates real energy and enthusiasm,” says Stead.
His clients include FTSE-100 and S&P-500 companies such as Newscorp, HSBC and the UK’s National Health Service.
In the Shambala sessions, Stead says that not only will guests be helped to define their personal objectives, but also, discover the tools needed to achieve them and make the objectives their daily habits.
Guests will be taught to harness the power of deep intuition to align actions with hopes for the future and build long-term supportive relationships that will nourish objectives. These will be achieved through group as well as one-on-one sessions with Stead.
Complementing him are Shambala’s resident experts which include a yoga instructor, ayurvedic doctor and oriental medicine masters. The path to vitality and wellness is made more holistic by the range of nutritional menus created by the luxury retreat’s culinary team.
In the grounds of this villa-style accommodation in Ubud, Bali, there are also a vitality pool, treatment areas indoors and outdoors near to the Ayung River, a rock climbing wall, two gyms, a Pilates studio and two yoga venues.
The transformational four-day workshop is priced at US$3,509 per person in a Garden Room. For double occupancy, this workshop is priced at US$2,599 per person. For more details, visit http://www.comohotels.com