In 2015 we had the pleasure of spending a few days in one of Phuket’s most spectacular resorts, COMO Point Yamu. The hotel celebrates a mixture of contemporary design and traditional Thai culture in a modern day, architectural setting. The service here was impeccable, the rooms were luxurious and our short stay left us wanting more. We decided to go back and this time we had the opportunity to visit the COMO Beach Club, a new development of the COMO Point Yamu that had opened since our last visit.
The COMO Beach Club
The beach club stretches along a picturesque, white sandy beach on Naka Yai Island. To get to it, you need to take a mini bus down to Yamu Wharf where a longboat awaits to take you on a leisurely ride out to the island. A great initiative by COMO is that they provide all the transfers free of charge, you just need to book your trip at the reception desk.
As our boat approached the shoreline we could feel the excitement of the other passengers. There is a bar and a restaurant on site, and even Shambhala Spa treatment rooms. The main area consists of a 25m saltwater pool with comfortable chaise lounges and canopy umbrellas for you to sit back and soak up some sun. If you’re feeling a little peckish, there’s a menu with a great selection of grilled dishes, desserts and of course a good cocktail menu. Free wifi is also available if you wanted to do a bit of location bragging on social media.
The luxurious self-contained cabanas are available just behind the common area and most people won’t know about them prior to getting to the island. They stand against a lush tropical backdrop and are raised high enough to ensure that you have a nice view of the club pool and beach. Each one is furnished with a queen-sized daybed, a private bathroom and mosquito nets.
The cabanas provide more shade than the umbrellas and if you are trying to stay cool, they do a fantastic job as they all come with ceiling fans. A little sundeck protrudes from the cabana where you can sit to have lunch away from the rest of the guests, not that the island ever feels crowded.
We loved the COMO Shambhala Spa at the main property, and it was a good surprise to find that the beach club also had its own Shambhala treatment rooms. The signature Shambhala massage is highly recommended.
If you’re feeling active, some other activities you could try at the beach club include windsurfing, canoeing and paddle boarding, all of which are available at the Watersports Centre.
On this visit, we stayed in the Bay Pool Suite, which was even more spacious in comparison to the Bay Suite we were in last time. This 123 sqm room also came with a 23sqm private pool and vistas of the ocean and nearby islands, making the accommodation that much harder to leave. Although the room was fairly open-plan, the bedroom was separated from the dining room and lounge room. The bathroom was huge and featured dual sinks that made getting ready for the day ahead easier and with no disagreements on who uses it first.
When we did manage to leave our room, we loved chilling around the main pool. The hotel pool stretches for the entire length of the common area, making it visible from the bar and both of the hotel restaurants. The water is always warm, thanks to a clever design that allows it to be naturally heated by the sun.
On our first visit, we were utterly impressed by COMO; so, much like a reboot of a cinematic masterpiece, we didn’t expect it to exceed expectations on our second visit. But it did. Our second stay was like the sequel that didn’t disappoint and left us begging for a third instalment. Some travellers might argue that the best resorts have to be on the beach. Well, COMO Point Yamu is up on a cliff with stunning views of the seascape and now it also has a private club on the beach. With the best of both worlds, we couldn’t recommend it highly enough.