Point Yamu by COMO

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Phuket, Thailand

This is COMO’s new resort designed by Paolo Navone. Open in November 2013 it is located on Cape Yamu, a peaceful peninsula on the east side of Phuket. With 106 rooms and private villas in total, an infinity pool, a COMO Shambhala Retreat with 8 different treatment rooms, a yoga studio with Pilates and Asian-inspired therapies, it is the epitome of a luxury retreat. Complete with Italian and Thai restaurants and a child-friendly interactive learning area, there are private residences which are also available for purchase.

Expect to find COMO’s signature contemporary style fused with the Italian designer’s eclectic and intricately colourful approach, with added touches of local materials.  The end result is a dazzling palette of hot oranges and bright aquamarines on traditional wood tiling. Each room’s floor-to-ceiling windows give guests spectacular views over the Andaman Sea to add to the ambience.

Meals are an important part of the day at Point Yamu. Often prepared in a wood-fired oven, the resort offers a wide range of options including relaxed Italian cooking and locally caught seafood at “La Sirena”, and spicy Thai cooking at “Nahmyaa”. For the healthy option head to The Central Bar where the focus is on maximizing energy and wellbeing. Private dining can be arranged such as beach picnics and romantic sunset meals in your room, and can also be arranged at a number of locations around the resort.

The spa treatment is exceptional. With a 100m pool, large gym, yoga studio and treatment such as the COMO Shambhala massage and PURIFY holistic facials, there’s no way you won’t go home feeling utterly refreshed. If you’re feeling more active, bike through the nearby villages and plantations, snorkel and dive off remote islands – all with expert, English-speaking guides.

Point Yamu also caters well for families – there are plenty of interconnecting rooms and suites as well as a dedicated children’s area with daily interactive games and activities. You can go on day excursions to a Gibbons sanctuary or go elephant riding. Babysitting and child-minding services are available.

Ideally located only 25 minutes from Phuket International Airport, Point Yamu will appeal to Asia-based couples and families seeking a short break from home. Perfect also for long-haul guests looking for a proper escape abroad.

Point Yamu by COMO Information

  • Location:25 minute drive from Phuket International Airport.
  • Accommodation:79 rooms and suites, 27 private luxury villas.
  • Activities:Boat trips, water sports, golf, diving, island hopping, snorkelling, biking.
  • Facilities:Infinity pool, direct beach access, spa, 8 restaurants and bars, yoga studio, gym.
  • Weather:The best months to travel are between November and May.
  • Children:Welcome, babysitting available and child-friendly interactive areas.

Point Yamu by COMO Price Guide

2 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

When COMO Hotels and Resorts – a Lightfoot favourite – opens up properties, the entire team secretly wishes they will be the lucky one to get whisked away and spend some quality time testing it.  Travel Designer, Elgin, was fortunate enough to spend a relaxing weekend at Point Yamu by COMO and tells us all about his stay and his impressions of one of Phuket‘s best hotels.

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Describe the views from Point Yamu by COMO.

Just breathtaking! Located on a headland on eastern Phuket, Point Yamu offers some incredible 360 degrees vistas of the Cape Yamu Bay. The moment you step into the lobby, you are faced with open spaces and views of the coast, but the pool deck is the place to be for the best views of the distant karsts and Phang Nga Bay. It is simply stunning.

COMO is known for its modern properties. What was the design of the hotel like?

The Como group hotels are well known for their chic designs and Point Yamu is no exception. While the hotel is a large concrete building, renowned Italian designer Paola Navone has incorporated lots of contemporary elements into the hotel to give it a sophisticated and refreshing vibe. There’s a unique blend of Thai elements in the rooms, such as the Sino-Portuguese floor tiles, with Mediterranean wooden furniture and the result is a very clean and sophisticated look. All rooms have trademark blue or turquoise shades in the furniture, with the bathrooms completely decked in the same rich colours; gorgeous and one-of-a-kind.

How is Point Yamu by COMO different from other hotels in Phuket?

I think it’s the whole concept of the hotel that’s new: the use of Thai elements to create a sophisticated, modern feel, something that’s missing in most hotels in Phuket. The relatively younger team of staff also creates a special atmosphere that’s vibrant, while still maintaining excellent Thai hospitality. The views are also another winner! Thirdly, it’s always a feel good factor to stay at a hotel with a philanthropic arm – the COMO Foundation works with social enterprises and encourage guests to donate as well. For every payment done with Mastercard, a percentage is donated to charity.

Is there a beach on-site?

No, but sand lovers don’t despair – the beach is just 15mins away by longtail boat on nearby Rangyai Island. This is a complimentary scheduled shuttle offered by Point Yamu and offers a lovely experience. There is a locally run beach club with loungers set aside for guests and a member of the team will be there to assist with cold towels and bottled water, or help to arrange activities like cycling or snorkelling (additional charges apply). The island does get its fair share of day trippers, but they usually crowd around the main jetty while you relax in relative peace further down the beach. I love it how there aren’t any hawkers to disturb you and the waters are just very clear and calm – definitely better than some of the beaches on Phuket.

Point Yamu has also acquired a plot of land with a beach that’s about 40mins away and have plans to have their own beach club there, so this is also something worth looking out for.


Is it a kids-friendly property?

While the whole vibe of the hotel is more suited for a romantic getaway, Point Yamu by COMO is surprisingly well equipped for families. All suites have a separate spacious living room area where a day bed and rollaway can be set up, a 2nd TV and toilet so parents can have their own space. The main pool is in 3 segments with one just for kids and there is a kid’s club in the works. In addition, the hotel is going to launch a new “Play by Como” concept with activities for both young and the young-at-heart.

Indulge us, tell us all about the food.

There are 2 restaurants – Italian La Sirena for all day-dining (including breakfast) and the Thai restaurant for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was fantastic – excellent variety including a healthy Como Shambhala section in the a la carte menu, with fruit, pastry and juices (I embarrassingly asked for second helpings). Good food, great views of pool and the view beyond – that’s how a day should start! Didn’t manage to try out the other restaurants, but if breakfast is the standard to go by, the other meals will be just as great!

Any special activities worth trying out?

I’s say the best thing to do at Point Yamu is to chill out by the pool, relax with a book and soak up the amazing views while working on your tan. Of course, you could get up at 6am to do yoga, catch the sunrise, or join a cycle trip to a nearby village, or work off all the breakfast calories (if you had second helpings) at the gym or do water activities at Rangya Island but hey, I’m on a holiday!

Does Point Yamu have the group’s signature COMO Shambhala Spa?

Yes it does. A COMO property would not be complete without a COMO Shambhala Spa. Sadly, I did not have time to get pampered in the spa, but I did manage to get a sneak peak.  The spa is on the highest floor of the resort, with gorgeous treatment rooms, full length windows and views to kill. Definitely something I will indulge in if I ever get the chance to return to Point Yamu by COMO.

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Point Yamu by COMO