New design concept unveiled for Point Yamu by COMO

COMO Hotels and Resorts has unveiled a detailed design concept for Point Yamu by COMO, a new resort in Thailand, with interiors by Italian architect and designer Paola Navone.

Opening during summer 2013, Point Yamu on Phuket will be Italian-born Navone’s first ever hotel project, said to represent her vision to “bring a fresh aesthetic to Thailand, while reflecting the group’s ongoing commitment to the very best in contemporary design”.

The beachside development – COMO’s first in Thailand outside Bangkok – will comprise a full-scale, 79-room resort with 30 villas, a spa and two restaurants. This is in addition to private residences available to purchase. When they open in July 2013, these residences will occupy the same peninsula on the east side of the island with views out to the limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea.

Navone is said to be creating at Point Yamu “an environment that encapsulates the easygoing, sophisticated spirit” of the company’s ‘by COMO’ island resorts – Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos and Cocoa Island in the Maldives. Point Yamu, inspired directly by the sea, will also be distinct in character by way of its contemporary look blended with elements of Thai culture.

COMO Hotels and Resorts' Thailand property, Metropolitan by COMO


At Point Yamu, Navone is employing a palette of bright aquamarines, inspired by the sea views, and blazing-hot oranges, reminiscent of Buddhist robes. Her use of Thai artisanal techniques put to new effect includes the traditional wood tiling in the restaurant - in this instance, used as the scales of a huge fish - and outsized, balloon-like lampshades fashioned from local woven rattan inspired by local crab and lobster traps.

Navone’s interior detailing also plays with proportions – an approach that juxtaposes the outsized with something delicate, like the installation of stacked Thai tables supporting a single Thai ceramic vase.

Navone, who has been an interior designer for over 30 years, has designed products for numerous leading brands, including Driade, Gervasoni, Guzzini, Poliform and Emu. Based in Milan, she has lived in Hong Kong and worked extensively in South East Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Point Yamu by COMO is 20 minutes by car from Phuket International Airport. It will also offer a 100-meter swimming pool, a COMO Shambhala Retreat featuring eight treatments rooms as well as a yoga studio, an Italian and Thai restaurant, ‘glow’ featuring COMO Shambhala’s healthy cuisine, and a private beach. On opening, it will become the tenth property by COMO Hotels and Resorts.

COMO Hotels and Resorts' Thailand property, Metropolitan by COMO


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