Set on the east coast of Phuket – the other side of the island to many of the resorts – Point Yamu is elevated on a secluded peninsula with uninterrupted views of the piercing blue Phang Nga Bay. COMO also have a slick Bangkok hotel, the Metropolitan, but Point Lamu is their first island opening in Thailand and is guaranteed to appeal to design-lovers and wellness-and-health conscious guests. Opened in November 2013, it has 79 guest rooms and suites, and 27 private pool villas. The architecture and décor is classic COMO: modern, fresh and inspiring, with plenty of trademark white accessorised with a few uplifting splashes of colour and quirky design elements.
Point Yamu has two dining options - Nahmyaa offering Thai cuisine and healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine, and an Italian restaurant, La Sirena, with a terrace offering sweeping views over the bay. The spa at Point Yamu, The Shambhala Retreat, offers holistic, Asian inspired therapies and treatments in eight treatment rooms and there is also a private yoga studio, a gym and a huge 100m-long infinity pool. Though there is no beach directly connected to the property, Point Yamu’s eastern coast location gives you the chance to experience the lesser known side of the island. Activities and excursions include trips to stunning nearby beaches: cruise around Phang Nga Bay – including a visit to ‘James Bond Island’ – or explore the sea caves and hongs on a sea canoe, go scuba diving, deep sea fishing or snorkelling at Phi Phi islands. Dry land excursions include cycling to Point Yamu, a tour of Old Phuket or a Thai cooking class at the resort. There is complimentary wifi and babysitters available on request.
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