I recently went on a work trip to Phuket for the Honeycombers. What an amazing work trip it was!! My destination – Point Yamu, the newest addition to the world of COMO. The trip was extraordinary as Point Yamu is in a league of its own. Being a ‘visual buff’ I was delighted at the design of the hotel. The intricate details they had thought of were amazing and the flow of the whole resort its self was superbly seamless.
People have commented on it appearing stark compared to other resorts but those people obviously missed all the beautiful nuances and detail that come alive as the light changes throughout the day. Each shift of light showcased a design detail unseen before.
I was given a private tour of the resort by the general manager, James Low, who described to me the way that the resort was created. The flagship of Point Yamu is that the creative genius Paola Navone has her design flair all over the resort. She was able to take the time to create what you see at Point Yamu and you can see the beauty in nature and the feminine restraint that has gone into various areas of the hotel. Modern yet warm, Navone has been able to blend Europe and Thailand in a way that I have never seen before.
A sentimental story that was shared with me by James was that as the Italian Navone visited the artisans who were creating the intricate fittings it suddenly became clear that she could not speak Thai, the artisans could not speak English or Italian – how were instructions to be given?!? I was told communication barriers were leapt over through Navone’s warmth whereby she would show her joy and exuberance for their work with big smiles and hand clapping to show her enthusiasm. The artisans were more than delighted and they were able to complete the amazing walls and detail at Point Yamu with joy.
Nhammya the Thai restaurant at Point Yamu serves amazing food and the venue is modern. Here Navone instructed the workers to gold leaf a magnificent wall and when they did it painstakingly symmetrical she disagreed and showed them how – it had to look organic and what better way than to get your hands dirty slap it on the walls and sing while you are doing it! The artisans were again thrilled with this manner of doing things and the giant gold fish and the placement of the wall thrill you as you turn a corner. Just beautiful.
Each room at the resort has the most stunning blues incorporate into it. Each having a different tone of blue to complement the ocean outside the windows. The blues, whites and greys somehow remind you of Greece yet blends so well with the waters of Thailand . Each bathroom is fitted out for a queen and I love the gorgeous rain shower and the huge tub. Each bathroom comes with signature products from the COMO Shambala spa as well so you feel truly pampered – I sure did.
The other highlights of the resort of course were the 100m pool as well as the La Sirena – the Italian restaurant. Each morning I would stare at the beautiful cutlery in my hand. Each spoon, fork and plate is designed by Navone as well and is just stunning! I wish I could have bought some so I could use it for my breakfast everyday and relive a little of Point Yamu.
What a huge feat to design such a hotel which flows so well. The longer I spent at the hotel the more I appreciated the thought that had gone into the design. I am often a woman for a woman but Paola Navone really has done an outstanding job. Point Yamu is modern and crisp with a softness and eye for intricacies that comes from a women.
Thank you to the Honeycombers for sending me. You can always count on the Honeycombers for the best information in Singapore. Whenever you are in a bind just look it up on the site – I guarantee you will find something that helps you out.
Head to Point Yamu if you get a chance – the design, the food, the amazing detail will make you as happy as it did me.
Here are some images of what caught my eye. Enjoy!