Q&A With COMO Point Yamu Phuket Spa Manager

COMO Point Yamu Phuket is a beautiful hotel resort located at the at the tip of Cape Yamu. The resort overlooks the Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay and presents contemporary Thai luxury to all its guests.

The COMO Shambhala wellness retreat at the hotels offers a place of tranquility along with holistic treatments to improve mental quietude, physical wellbeing and spiritual balance.

We’d like to introduce you to Khun Chootima, COMO Shambhala Retreat Manager, as she tells us more about the wellness retreat.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I have been working in the spa industry since 2004, as spa retail product development and in operations at many leading Spas in Egypt, Portugal and South Korea and now work as COMO Shambhala Retreat Manager at COMO Point Yamu Phuket.

Please describe a typical day for you – if such a thing exists!

Morning at COMO Shambhala Retreat will be busy organising Yoga Classes which we provide complimentary for our in-house guests. It’s always lots of fun in the morning, most of the guests come full of energy to do the class or to use the gym.

Late morning we will be handling more on-line reservations and spa consulting with in-house guests who come to enjoy their spa bookings and other activities.

The entire afternoon will be busy with spa training and monitoring spa products and supplies.

COMO Hotels and Resorts offers luxury travel experiences with personalised service in elegant properties, each individually curated to reflect its location. How is this delivered at COMO Point Yamu, Phuket? And what can guests expect when they visit?

COMO Point Yamu promotes a sense of living healthfully. We are located on the Yamu Cape which has a 360 degree view of Phuket Bay and Phang-nga Bay. We make sure our guests eat well with COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Our guests are encouraged to try new experiences from various activities such as Beginner Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, Beginner Boxing, Bike Tour around Yamu village, Flower arranging to our Thai Cooking Class.

Proactive holistic wellness, combining modern science with ancient healing is promoted at your spa – how is this achieved?

We are committed to delivering effective results. We partner with a famous Facial Brand Guino offering a result-oriented Hydradermie facial treatment while our local treatments such as a Traditional Thai massage, Lanna Heritage Full Body Scrub Treatment are popular among our guests.

What do you love most about Como Shambhala Retreat Phuket?

The spa décor is great but the most inspiring part is the energy of our guests. Most of guests are repeat guests and they like staying with us.

Which is your favourite treatment and why?

I love our Traditional Thai Massage because it is simple but effective. Thai Massage does not require any equipment. It is very simple, we just use our hands. It is part of our heritage. I used to give massages to my grandma, my mom and my dad when they felt tired from work. Most villager kids used to do that too. It is also way to show gratitude to a person we love. When I grew up, I realised that it is very popular and practiced worldwide now too.

Please share your top tip for living a well-life

I believe that a well-life consists of three key elements; physical well-being, intellectual well-being and the last and the most important part is spiritual well-being. Spiritual well-being is to live with a peaceful mind through learning to control your mind and be in peace in all circumstances, both positive and negative. In the meantime we should also take care of our physical well-being though eating healthy food and exercising.Intellectual well being can be achieved through meditation/reading or even exploring new experiences. .

Please share your top tip for a first time visitor to Phuket to make the most of the city?

I think we (Phuket) is convenient. We have an international airport which easily connects us to the world. The price is reasonable and there is still a local / authentic experience to be enjoyed here.

I think a first time visitor really needs one week here to really experience what we’re all about. The first three days to explore Phuket Town, local beaches such as Patong, Kata, Karon and enjoy a sea excursion to Phi Phi Island /James Bond Island. The rest of stay to explore hotels and to enjoy the facilities which each hotel provides for example; COMO Beach Club, you could go here every day to swim in the sea or try something more adventurous such as paddling, kayaking and many more outdoor activities.