We don’t hear a lot about Como Hotels hear in North America. But that could change. Soon.
There are nine hotels currently in the portfolio and three more are planned, including on at 24th and Collins in Miami Beach; close to the South Beach insanity but far enough away at the same time.
The group was started by a woman from Singapore who had stayed in many hotels in London but didn’t find one to her liking. The emphasis is on stylish design and service, but they don’t aim to be a youthful, exuberant place.
“It’s for people who have made it made it in life,” one hotel official said.
The Metropolitan by Como is on Old Park Lane in London and is something of a “cocoon” in a lively part of town.
They hire folks, I was told, based on “character, attitude and personality,” so service is of the utmost quality.
Also in the group is Parrot Cay by Como in the Turks and Caicos, which was recently voted to have one of the best spas on the planet. There’s also a 2.5 mile long, private beach and places to use kayaks or sailboats or go bonefishing or play tennis.
They take great delight in having hotels in out of the way places, including one in Bhutan, said to be the happiest country on the planet. Other properties include the Halkin by Como in London the Metropolitan by Como in Bangkok, Cocoa Island by Como in the Maldives, Uma by Como by Ubud, Indonesia and, soon, Point Yamu by Como in Phuket, Thailand.
Too bad we don’t have one in Canada….
NISBET IN NEVIS
Had a great meeting the other day with a representative from Nisbet Plantation Beach Resort in Nevis. You reach the property via a short boat ride from St. Kitts, and who doesn’t enjoy a boat ride on the blue Caribbean?
It’s a boutique property with 36 rooms on 30 acres, all of them cottages. The island is just six miles by six miles and has 12,500 people; a great destination.
The smallest unit is 475 square feet and some are a whopping 575 square feet, many with ocean views.
They have a restaurant overlooking the pool and the beach and it looks absolutely glorious. The Great House, where dinner is served, dates to 1778. They also have music nights with calypso and even singing bartenders, and how much fun is that?