The leading luxury hotel group has revealed a host of adventures to book as a post-lockdown escape; from swimming with whale sharks to boxing retreats in Bali
Whether seeking new local experiences or booking their first post-lockdown escape, COMO Hotels and Resorts have revealed what travellers can look forward to when the world re-opens; the year the boutique hotel group celebrates 30 years of luxury hospitality, personalised service and authentic experiences. From swimming with whale sharks to private yacht charter and boxing retreats, COMO’s 30th year is all about inspiring resilience and embracing the spirit of optimism.
Swim with Whale Sharks
After being indoors for much of the year, immersion in nature is set to be a key influence when booking a post-lockdown escape. As the only resort in the Thaa Atoll, COMO Maalifushi is surrounded by a thriving house reef. Under the waves, explore a circus of branching corals, parrot fish and octopus, go shark spotting and learn the secrets of the underwater world with the marine biologist. Rub shoulders with the largest fish in the sea on a Whale Shark Night Snorkel – marvel at the gentle giants from the boat or join them under the waves for an unforgettable snorkelling experience.
Surrounded by calm lagoons, uninhabited islands and pristine reefs, COMO Maalifushi boasts the ideal conditions for fishing adventures. Light tackle on the inner atoll to pick up titan triggerfish, giant trevally and red snapper, or for adventurous travellers, fish the whole atoll of over 150km2, catching bonefish, yellow marlin, sailfish, mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna from aboard COMO Maalifushi’s Hewes Redfisher. In accordance with COMO’s conservation policy, the resort practices a strict ‘catch and release’ methods.
Charter a Yacht in Phuket
Head to Phuket’s peaceful east coast, where COMO Point Yamu sits proudly on the tip of Cape Yamu. Privacy and exclusive experiences will take precedence for post-lockdown escape, and the luxury hotel offers ocean-lovers the chance to charter their own private boat – from a traditional long-tail to a 76ft motor yacht – to explore the surrounding seascape. Head to the culture-rich Phang Nga Bay, where the ‘Sea Gypsies’ reside in the bay’s northern reaches, rock paintings date back thousands of years, and there’s native wildlife, intriguing caves and towering limestone formations to explore.
With the increase in demand for seclusion and the heightened desire for a healthy escape, the ‘Be Active’ retreat on the private island of Parrot Cay offers the perfect remedy. ‘Be Active’ combines COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness offerings, such as yoga, Pilates, mediation and signature body therapies, with island activities like cycling and snorkelling. COMO Parrot Cay also offers ventures that promote sustainability by immersing guests in the local environment, from planting banana trees in the island plantation, to kayaking the mangroves in search of local wildlife.
This October, boxing aficionados should head to COMO Uma Canggu – a laidback luxury bolthole and surfer’s paradise – where professional boxers, Darren Barker and Ryan Pickard, are leading a week-long retreat. For an adventure-fulled post-lockdown escape, don a pair of gloves and dive into a week of improving self-defence, increasing agility and learning the basics of fitness nutrition. The retreat is fuelled by nutritious COMO Shambhala Cuisine, designed to increase concentration and energy. To recover, relax at the beach or indulge in a signature COMO Shambhala Massage at the whitewashed COMO Shambhala Retreat.