When Spring rolls around, Prince William and Kate Middleton will pack their Goyards for one of the most enigmatic places in the world — Bhutan. Up until 1974, little was known about this tiny kingdom in the Himalayans, but now that it has opened up to the world, there's no stopping the endless stream of curious travellers and avid photographers.
If you're the sort who prefers to wing it when exploring a new country, you might find your wings somewhat clipped in Bhutan. Here, the law dictates that tourists must travel on a pre-planned guided package tour — one that leaves you at the mercy of your guide. In that light, it might be best for you to let the experts lead the way, and the good folk at Uma by COMO, Paro are primed to do just that.
For the months stretching between April and July, the luxury hotel has drawn up an itinerary that rides upon the rich cultural offerings of Bhutan, one paired with a little English flavour to mark the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. For one, they're flying in a hand-crafted croquet set to Bhutan. Knuckle down for a leisurely afternoon of this quintessentially British game, with a cup of Pimm's on hand, of course.
The five-night itinerary also packs in a trip to the iconic Taktsang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, visits to the vibrant capital of Thimphu, and guided hikes for those who prefer to be one with nature. To round off your high-altitude adventures, you'll get to unwind at the property's world-class COMO Shambhala Retreat. By the end of your trip, we reckon you might very well help to bolster Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Index.