Mar 4, 2020
Located on the tip of Yamu Point, COMO Yamu Point gives way to 180-degree views of the Andaman Sea. The 79 rooms and suites, and 27 villas of the resort are light and airy, with sea-blue accents, and shell-like motifs. The minimalist, wide-open design of the common areas encourages visitors to focus on the hill-top hotel’s main attraction: its sweeping Phang Nga Bay views and the 100-meter pool (broken into three parts) that seems to spill off into the sea. There are two restaurants—Nahmyaa, an elegant Thai restaurant, and international (with a strong focus on Italian) spot, La Sirena—plus a poolside bar. A highlight is the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa, where treatment rooms face the sea and spa technicians are about as skilled as they come.
I swear the looming clouds dispersed as my car crept up Cape Yamu, a private peninsula on the East of Phuket, where COMO Yamu Point sat at the peak of a hill. The 30-minute airport transfer felt quick (though, this could be credited to my chatty taxi driver), and an opening blue sky seemed to perfectly frame the hotel.
Aligning with the simple, poetic aesthetic that COMO is known for, the hotel, designed by Paola Navone, is airy and stylish, with plenty of nods towards its Thai locale. The open lobby is centered around an art piece inspired by Thai temples. While the industrial-style space may not be outwardly comfortable (concrete walls, a spattering of couches), it’s impressive and refined.
With this first impression in mind, I am surprised to find my room, a spacious Pha Nga suite, feels jubilant and playful. The white-drenched space is accented with bursts of blue and bubble lighting. It feels like a swish beach house (yes, house, because at 164-square-meters, it’s bigger than my apartment), with a pebbled balcony that reminds me of the path to the Puget Sound at my grandmother’s Washington State home. But here, instead of towering fir trees in the distance, there’s a spattering of limestone karsts, which, for the record, I have an unobstructed 180-degree of.
One blaring point that reviewers of COMO Yamu Point seem to make the absence of direct beach access. I was curious how this would play out, given the resort’s taunting sea views that could really only tease a beach lover. But instead of disappointment, it was just one less thing to worry about (first world problems…). I found beauty in the fact that there isn’t much to do beyond taking a dip in the extraordinary 100-meter infinity pool between snacks and naps.
But for those who require time in the sea, COMO is two steps ahead of you. They’ve created COMO Beach Club on Naka island, just off the west coast of Yamu. The hotel offers a shuttle bus to the marina at 10:30 a.m. each morning. From there, the COMO Beach Club speed boat will whisk you to the beach. The whole journey lasts a mere 20 minutes, and once you’re horizontal in a beachside lounger, the hassle of having to get in a car to arrive will be way beyond you.
In case you choose to stay in, go to the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa. And that’s an order, not a suggestion. I received one of the best massages I’ve had maybe ever (the COMO Shambala Signature Massage), and the treatment rooms look out onto Phang Nga Bay. There is also a separate pool, a sauna and a steam room, all of which are state-of-the-art.
As for food, I was super pleased with the on-brand healthy options at breakfast, like the avocado toast with homemade seed bread. Book at least one dinner at Nahmyaa, the upscale Thai restaurant. It’s the hearty Thai cuisine you may know and love but made under the precise eye of Michelin-experienced chef Steven Black.
Between all of the more glaring highlights of COMO Yamu Point, there are plenty of little things that elevated my stay at the hotel. I made friends with the staff, particularly the host at COMO Beach Club who also served my coffee at breakfast each morning and showed me videos of a snake he’d rangled outside town a few weeks back. And, I will never be able to experience pool-side loungers the same again. The wide, plushy ones at COMO Yamu Point’s main pool are made for a queen, and here, I will gladly take on that role.