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Air Charter Specialist Chapman Freeborn teams up with COMO Hotels and Resorts to launch an exclusive luxury week in Bhutan

New seven-night trip to Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha is a unique collaboration between two leading names in luxury travel

Chapman Freeborn – the only private charter broker with permission to fly in and out of Bhutan, has launched an exclusive seven-night adventure with flights to and from the Kingdom via private jet. The adventure is offered in collaboration with COMO Hotels and Resorts, which owns the Bhutanese lodges Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha, Bhutan.

Chapman Freeborn is recognised worldwide as the leading provider of private air charter and is loved by VIPs for its attentive service and complete discretion.

The all-inclusive, seven-night experience begins with arrival to Bhutan’s Paro airport via private jet. Depending on the departure point, guests are able to charter anything from a Cessna Citation light jet to a long range Gulfstream G450. The aircraft are available with VIP configuration, the larger varieties offering luxurious bedroom and dining areas as well as cutting-edge in-flight entertainment.

After a fast-track priority check-in, guests will spend four nights at COMO’s Uma Paro lodge in the Paro Valley followed by three nights at Uma Punakha, further north in the Punakha Valley. Both properties feature breathtaking mountainside locations, interiors filled with Bhutanese artisanship and COMO Shambhala Retreats for massages and other wellness treatments.

The trip features full-board accommodation at both lodges as well as six-and-a-half days of privately guided hiking and day excursions to cultural landmarks such as the Punakha Dzong and the capital, Thimphu. All excursions will be accompanied by professional English-speaking Bhutanese guides and a personal butler at both hotels. White-water rafting on the Mo Chu river, a private conversation about Buddhism with local monks, and traditional Bhutanese welcome gifts and dances are also included, as well as a COMO Shambhala Massage and a Bhutanese hot stone bath for two.  Guests can enjoy private yoga with a COMO Shambhala expert, and on their last night, a romantic fire-lit, four-course dinner for two with Champagne in the courtyard at Uma Paro.

Alex Berry, Sales and Marketing Director at Chapman Freeborn said: “As the one and only air charter specialist with permission to fly in to Bhutan, we are thrilled about this unique alliance as it provides our high-end clientele with a discreet yet hugely exclusive experience that is second-to-none.”

Norman Luxemburg, General Manager at Uma by Paro, Bhutan, added: “At COMO we pride ourselves on delivering the finest individually tailored guest experiences. Our partnership with Chapman Freeborn on the ‘Luxury Himalayan Escape’ takes this concept to the next level, allowing guests to experience a seamless, door-to-door travel experience.”

Travel costs for two in a mid-size jet chartered by Chapman Freeborn from Singapore, costs from USD135,567.00. The cost is inclusive of the Luxury Himalayan Escape in a COMO Villa for double occupancy.

Pricing is indicative and subject to availability and operational variables at the time of booking

For more information and booking, please visit the following website or contact:

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Editors’ Notes

About Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn was established in the UK in 1973 and the group now comprises of 35 offices in 25 countries around the world.

The company specialises in the charter and lease of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft for a wide ranging client base including individuals, international, organisations, multinational corporations, governments, and a host of industries around the globe.

Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet and helicopter charters for personal/executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

Chapman Freeborn has over 450 employees worldwide and is currently ranked 32nd in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list of Britain’s biggest mid-market private companies.

About COMO Hotels and Resorts 

COMO Hotels and Resorts offers personalised luxury travel experiences in its urban hotels, island resorts, adventure retreats and wellness resorts. The focus is always on service and design, adventure and culture, wellness and cuisine, while trying to uphold a strong, sustainable approach towards the people and places where we operate.

COMO Hotels and Resorts was founded by Christina Ong. Each property is hand-picked and individually curated. Properties include: The Halkin by COMO in London, three Metropolitan by COMO hotels in London, Bangkok and Miami Beach, Parrot Cay by COMO in the Turks and Caicos, Cocoa Island by COMO and Maalifushi by COMO in the Maldives, Point Yamu by COMO in Phuket, and three Uma by COMO experience resorts in Bali and Bhutan.

COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali is a wellness retreat, managed in partnership with COMO’s sister brand in wellness, COMO Shambhala. COMO Shambhala products, services, cuisine, treatments and spa facilities are also available within each COMO property.