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Valentine’s Day with COMO Hotels

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Valentine’s Day – COMO Style

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COMO Hotels and Resorts Plays Cupid With Romantic Packages

January 17, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – It’s the time of the season where love is in the air. Whether you are roaming the stylish streets of London, or lounging on the beautiful beaches of Miami or Parrot Cay, COMO has romantic packages to help you be the Casanova your partner has always dreamt of.

Let COMO’s experienced staff and their attention to detail help create the romantic experience of a lifetime.

The Halkin Michelin Star Experience
Enjoy a stellar dining experience at two of London’s leading Michelin-starred restaurants when you stay at The Halkin by COMO.
This two-night gourmet experience begins with a glass of Champagne in The Halkin bar, before enjoying the eight-course tasting menu at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – the ‘New Basque’ cuisine restaurant at the heart of The Halkin. The following evening you’ll enjoy another tasting menu, this time at ‘nobu’, the world-renowned Japanese-Peruvian restaurant at our nearby sister hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, London.

You’ll stay overnight in a Deluxe Room and enjoy a full English breakfast on both mornings, plus you’ll receive a £20 voucher to spend at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan.

For more information, please visit http://www.comohotels.com/thehalkin/rates-and-offers/packages/halkin-michelin-star-experience

Love The One You’re With at Metropolitan London
Treat your Valentine to an unforgettable stay at Metropolitan London. Love The One You’re With Includes:

• Overnight accommodation in a Metropolitan Room
• Champagne and flowers on arrival
• Couples COMO Shambhala Massage and massage masterclass with body oil gift set
• Complimentary mini cocktail masterclass in the Met Bar and martini glass gift set
• Gift voucher and personal shopping appointment
• Breakfast in bed
• 4pm checkout

For more information, please visit http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanlondon/rates-and-offers/packages/feel-love-metropolitan-london

Romantic Escape in Parrot Cay
We offer different lengths of stay for our Turks and Caicos honeymoon packages, with the romance tailored to how you want to spend your time together. The packages can be enjoyed from a minimum of three nights in a variety of accommodations, starting with our Terrace Rooms.

Inclusions:
• Accommodation (minimum three nights and maximum seven nights in a Terrace Room)
• Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (three courses excluding beverages)
• Daily afternoon tea served in the Library
• Half-day (four-hour) use of our Spa Cottage, including a one-hour couple’s massage and candle lit dinner
• Daily schedule of activities (yoga, Pilates, non-motorised watersports)

For more information, please visit http://www.comohotels.com/parrotcay/rates-and-offers/packages/romance

Valentine’s Day at the Traymore
Valentine’s Day 2014 will be the first big event at the Traymore – the new destination restaurant at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach. At the Paola Navone-designed hotspot in the city’s Art Deco neighborhood, you will be able to get a first taste of the cuisine for which COMO Hotels and Resorts is already known, from the two Michelin-starred restaurants at the group’s hotels in London, to its award-winning healthy cuisine at COMO Shambhala Estate on Bali.

At the Traymore, two five-course ‘His and Hers’ set menus have been created by Executive Chef Jonathan Lane and Executive Pastry Chef Emanuel Alves. The night will include wines paired with each dish selected by sommelier Sergio Caceres. Featuring on the menu is a chilled lobster ceviche, coffee-crusted beef tenderloin with porcini mushrooms and polenta, and heart-shaped pink macaroons with raspberry and rose cremeaux, fresh berries and berries coulis.

For more information, please visit http://www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach/rates-and-offers/packages/valentines-day-traymore

About the COMO Group and COMO Hotels and Resorts
COMO Hotels and Resorts creates personalised luxury travel experiences in its Urban Hotels, Island Resorts, Adventure Retreats and Wellness Resorts – highlighting wellness, cuisine, adventure and culture, service and design – while always trying to uphold a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and places where we operate.

Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts develops and manages handpicked, individually curated properties: The Halkin by COMO in London, two Metropolitan by COMO hotels in London and Bangkok, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan. Point Yamu by COMO is a new property in Phuket, Thailand, which opened in 2013. The company also manages COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali in partnership with its sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala, which promotes health, relaxation and learning through its products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities within each COMO property.

 

COMO Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with MasterCard, invites guests to ‘Purchase with Purpose™’

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COMO Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with MasterCard, invites guests to ‘Purchase
with Purpose™’

Como HotelsTuesday, September 11, 2012. (Singapore) – For the third year running, COMO Hotels and Resorts is teaming up with MasterCard to support development projects and charities across the globe.

From October 1 to December 31, 2012, COMO guests can help local community projects raise US $30 everytime they pay for their stay using their MasterCard. MasterCard’s generous contribution builds upon COMO’s partnerships with grassroots organisations to support underserved communities and enable sustainable livelihoods.

The MasterCard initiative applies across COMO’s nine luxury properties, this year including the newly-opened, Uma by COMO in Punakha, Bhutan. Each COMO property runs social and environmental programmes for staff and the local community throughout the year, focusing on projects and charities with immediate relevance to each location.

Projects currently supported by COMO that will benefit from MasterCard’s Purchase with Purpose™ donation include:

  • St. Mungo’s (personal and skill development for homeless women restarting life after domestic violence and the sex trade) in London, supported by The Halkin by COMO and Metropolitan by COMO, London, UK
  • Goodwill Group Foundation (vocational skills training for underserved young women) in Bangkok, supported by Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Maafushi and Guraidhoo Schools (hospitality skills training facilities for both high schools) in the Maldives, supported by Cocoa Island by COMO, The Maldives
  • Raymond Gardiner High School (sewing and hospitality skills training facilities) in North Caicos, supported by Parrot Cay by COMO, The Turks and Caicos
  • Loden Foundation (micro-grants for young female Bhutanese entrepreneurs) in Bhutan, supported by Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha, Bhutan
  • Bali International Women’s Association (welfare services and employment initiatives) in Bali, supported by Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali
  • Tirta Kumara Kindergarten (extension of classroom facilities) in Bali, supported by COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

COMO Hotels and Resorts and MasterCard have worked together for the Purchase with Purpose programme since 2010, enabling community investment of US$ 75,580 thus far.

Kuno Fasel, Chief Operating Officer for COMO Hotels and Resorts, said: “COMO Hotels and Resorts is delighted to collaborate with MasterCard on Purchase with Purpose. The program builds upon community efforts by our properties throughout the year, so our staff takes great pride in sharing the initiative with our guests. Our guests, in turn, have demonstrated great interest in the projects as they focus on education, entrepreneurialism and supporting the local economy.”

Georgette Tan, group head, Communications, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide, said: “More and more, we find that our well-travelled MasterCard cardholders are eager to give back to the community and continue to demonstrate a sense of responsibility about the products they are purchasing. We are pleased to collaborate once again with COMO through the Purchase with Purpose program. MasterCard cardholders who stay at COMO look forward to the program and appreciate the opportunity it presents – knowing they can make a difference, just by using their credit card.”

About COMO Hotels and Resorts
Founded by Christina Ong, COMO Hotels and Resorts is known for its handpicked, intimate and individually-curated properties. COMO Hotels and Resorts provides custom-made luxury travel experiences offering culture, memorable cuisine, adventure and wellness combined with the essence of COMO Shambhala. The COMO properties are: Cocoa Island by COMO, The Maldives; Parrot Cay by COMO, The Turks and Caicos; The Halkin, by COMO, London; Metropolitan by COMO, London and Bangkok; Uma by COMO, Ubud, Bali; Uma by COMO Paro and Punakha, Bhutan and COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali. For more information, please visit www.comohotels.com

MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™
MasterCard’s corporate social responsibility platform (CSR) in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) is focused primarily on bettering the quality of life for women and children. MasterCard does this by supporting a broad range of women’s and children’s causes through scholarships, financial assistance, educational and various sustainability programs, helping provide them with the skills required to stand on their own feet and support themselves and their families. This ultimately improves life and prospects within the communities that these empowered women live and work. Apart from the educational aspects of MasterCard’s CSR programs in APMEA, consumer education is an important area of focus for MasterCard given the significance of financial literacy in improving lives and the socioeconomic standing of families throughout the region.

A key component of MasterCard’s social responsibility and citizenship efforts across the region is MasterCard Purchase with Purpose™. Based on the concept of transactional philanthropy, it is at the heart of a drive by MasterCard to encourage responsible spending while, at the same time, making a difference in someone else’s life. Across APMEA, MasterCard Purchase with Purpose initiatives involve cardholders in the company’s efforts to give back to the community whenever they use their MasterCard cards. More information on MasterCard Purchase with Purpose in the region is available at www.mastercard.com/sea/purchasewithpurpose
Image: Jorge Monje, former GM of Uma Paro, presenting a cheque to their community partner Kela Goemba, a nunnery in Bhutan. Last year’s program supported the reparation of a dormitory which was damaged in an earthquake.

Experience Wellness Month this September at Parrot Cay. 2011 news

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Experience Wellness Month This September
at Parrot Cay

Como HotelsJuly 26, 2011. (Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos)—Indulge in some post-summer rejuvenation this September at Parrot Cay, one of the Caribbean’s pre-eminent, private islands. 

With the arrival of wellness month, guests at the luxurious Parrot Cay will see more daily yoga and Pilates, cookery demonstrations with healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine (by Executive Chef Daniel Moran) and access to some of the world’s leading experts and therapists.

With a range of new juices added to the COMO Shambhala Menu, guests have the opportunity to supplement meals with a self-administered juice cleanse. The Resident Dietician at COMO Shambhala Estate (Bali) has specially created juices found on the menu in order to aid detoxification.

Wellness month is the perfect opportunity for guests to re-energize. Whether it’s through fitness activities, nourishing cuisine, or simply relaxing on the beach, guests will return home feeling refreshed.

Below are two Caribbean spa packages designed to help guests get the most out of September’s wellness program: 

Fabulous Five Package
Gather five of your best friends and head to Parrot Cay. This package provides five-nights accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner. A private supper for the group at the COMO Shambhala spa cottage is also included. Prices start from US $500 per night, based on two people sharing. 

Discover COMO Shambhala
Discover the world of COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay with this introductory package, designed especially with new guests in mind. This full board package includes a 60-minute treatment, US $50 spa voucher, COMO Shambhala gift, complimentary daily schedule of activities and a further 25% off when guests pre-book additional spa treatments before arrival. The package is based on a three-night stay and prices start from US $1,742 for single occupancy in a Terrace Room.

Understanding Parrot Cay
Parrot Cay is wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring an award-winning spa and exceptional cuisine. There are over 1,000 unspoilt acres, wetlands and a mile-long powdered beach. Accommodation in whitewash with chic teak finishing includes beachside villas, some with private pools. The aesthetic is pared down and sleek, four-posters wrapped in soft cottons that billow with the breeze. On virgin hinterland beyond Rocky Point, find larger houses with even bigger cobalt pools. COMO Shambhala Retreat offers Yoga and Asian-inspired therapies to help guests feel energized again. Location: Situated on a private island in the Turks and Caicos, Parrot Cay is about 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales. Visit: www.parrotcay.como.bz

Understanding COMO Shambhala
COMO Shambhala is the COMO Group’s healthy living concept that spans environments, services and products, offering a full range of experiences that challenge and inspire us to greater wellbeing. COMO Shambhala advocates proactive responsibility for individual holistic wellness. This entails balancing healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy, self-directed exercise with expert instruction, massage with greater mental repose, and thought with action. COMO Shambhala embraces all modalities of wellbeing, from yoga’s ancient system of self-development to other proven methods such as Ayurveda, aromatherapy, Pilates, Tai’Chi, and Qigong. Consultants take a consultative rather than prescriptive approach, working with guests on a one-by-one basis to define and achieve their goals. COMO Shambhala cuisine offers enzyme-rich, healthy and delicious cuisine. COMO Shambhala at Home, a lifestyle brand, creates skin and bodycare products developed to complement the environments and services available. COMO Shambhala owns, designs and/or manages nine centres of wellbeing at properties worldwide. Visit: www.comoshambhala.como.bz
 

Introducing ‘the Ultimate Facial Boost Experience’ with Guinot at Parrot Cay

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Introducing ‘the Ultimate Facial Boost Experience’ with Guinot at Parrot Cay

Como HotelsJanuary 10, 2011. (Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos)-One of the world’s most innovative spas, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, has teamed up with well-known spa brand Guinot to offer ‘The Ultimate Facial Boost Experience’ launching January 2011. The package offers a three-tiered approach to a youthful, glowing complexion whilst allowing guests to enjoy this unspoilt corner of the northern Caribbean with its award-winning holistic centre for self-renewal and revitalisation. Therapies are provided by some of the world’s finest specialists while guests enjoy expansive villas and 1,000 unspoilt acres of a private island with its white, mile-long beach.

The seven-day program includes three Guinot Hydradermie Lift Treatments—the latest in advanced anti-aging professional skincare treatments. The machine-based facial uses cutting-edge technology to treat both the skin and the facial muscles for an immediate ‘lifting’ effect. Designed for skin showing signs of loss of elasticity, it targets areas where fine lines are most evident—around the eyes, mouth and nose and across the forehead. The facial also lifts and firms the cheeks, jaw-line and neck.

Many believe stress and fatigue are linked to visible signs of aging. This new ‘Ultimate Facial Boost Experience’ therefore also includes a relaxing COMO Shambhala Signature Massage and a Daily Schedule of Yoga and Pilates to nurture the mind, body and spirit.

The third element of the anti-aging program focuses on diet. The resort’s COMO Shambhala Cuisine menus have been scientifically designed to maximize personal performance, addressing energy levels and blood-sugar imbalances. Cooking methods are minimized to maintain the nutritional integrity of the ingredients; this results in dishes rich in living enzymes, essential vitamins and minerals—all of which promote a healthier complexion. Detoxifying juices, broths, elixirs, vitamin boosts and organic teas are also available.

‘The Ultimate Facial Boost Experience’ includes:

• 3 Hydradermie Lift Treatments (note this is the maximum number that can be taken in one week)

• Daily COMO Shambhala Cuisine breakfast

• Daily Activities Schedule (including Yoga, Pilates and non-motorised watersports)

• COMO Shambhala Signature Massage (60 minutes)

• Seven nights in a Garden View Room, based on double occupancy

Price from: £3,320 per person inclusive of government tax, service charge and return airport transfers. Flights are not included.

Understanding Parrot Cay: Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos is among the northern Caribbean’s preeminent private islands. It is wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring an award-winning spa and exceptional cuisine. There are over 1,000 unspoilt acres, wetlands and a mile-long powdered beach. Accommodation in whitewash with chic teak finishing includes beachside villas, some with private pools. The aesthetic is pared down and sleek, four-posters wrapped in soft cottons that billow with the breeze. On virgin hinterland beyond Rocky Point, find larger houses with even bigger cobalt pools. COMO Shambhala Retreat offers Yoga and Asian-inspired therapies to help guests feel energized again. Parrot Cay – a place to rediscover the softer rhythms of long days, easy nights and the salve of peace. Location: Situated on a private island in the Turks and Caicos Islands 575 miles south east of Miami. Parrot Cay is about 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales, the main island. Visit: www.parrotcay.como.bz

Understanding COMO Shambhala:
COMO Shambhala is the COMO Group’s healthy living concept that spans environments, services and products, offering a full range of experiences that challenge and inspire us to greater wellbeing. COMO Shambhala advocates proactive responsibility for individual holistic wellness. This entails balancing healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy, self-directed exercise with expert instruction, massage with greater mental repose, and thought with action. COMO Shambhala embraces all modalities of wellbeing, from yoga’s ancient system of self-development to other proven methods such as Ayurveda, aromatherapy, Pilates, Tai’Chi, and Qigong. Consultants take a consultative rather than prescriptive approach, working with guests on a one-by-one basis to define and achieve their goals. COMO Shambhala cuisine offers enzyme-rich, healthy and delicious cuisine. COMO Shambhala at Home, a lifestyle brand, creates skin and bodycare products developed to complement the environments and services available. COMO Shambhala owns, designs and/or manages nine centres of wellbeing at properties worldwide. Visit: www.comoshambhala.como.bz

Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Three World-Class American Yoga Teachers Come to Parrot Cay

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Three World-Class American Yoga Teachers Come to Parrot Cay

Como HotelsSeptember 13, 2010. (Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos)-This fall, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay will be hosting three of America’s most renowned Yoga teachers.

These Retreats provide participants with the opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries in a tranquil environment with some of Yoga’s most important teachers. Suitable for beginners or experienced yoga practitioners, these programs allow guests to develop a greater sense of inner strength. Popular amongst solo travelers, COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay fosters a spirit of sharing amongst guests.

The first Retreat takes place from October 24th to 30th, 2010 and will be led by Elena Brower. Entitled ‘Anusara(r) Yoga: From Awareness to Acceptance,’ with Elena Brower, it will comprise twice-daily Anusara classes, including asana, pranayama and meditation. Brower is a certified Anusara teacher and is frequently featured in publications such as the New York Times, Fit Yoga and Yoga Journal.

The second Retreat takes place from December 5th to 11th, 2010. Entitled ‘Moving From Conflict Toward Peace: An Exploration of Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Chanting’, it will be led by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. Yee and Saidman have been teaching together for a number of years and created the online Gaiam Yoga Club.

These unique Retreats allow participants to fully immerse themselves in their practice, in the private and serene setting that is Parrot Cay.

For more information on these packages visit www.parrotcay.como.bz

Understanding COMO Shambhala:
COMO Shambhala is the COMO Group’s healthy living concept that spans environments, services and products, offering a full range of experiences that challenge and inspire us to greater wellbeing. COMO Shambhala advocates proactive responsibility for individual holistic wellness. This entails balancing healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy, self-directed exercise with expert instruction, massage with greater mental repose, and thought with action. COMO Shambhala embraces all modalities of wellbeing, from yoga’s ancient system of self-development to other proven methods such as Ayurveda, aromatherapy, Pilates, Tai’Chi, and Qigong. Consultants take a consultative rather than prescriptive approach, working with guests on a one-by-one basis to define and achieve their goals. COMO Shambhala cuisine offers enzyme-rich, healthy and delicious cuisine. COMO Shambhala at Home, a lifestyle brand, creates skin and bodycare products developed to complement the environments and services available. COMO Shambhala owns, designs and/or manages nine centres of wellbeing at properties worldwide. Website: www.comoshambhala.como.bz