COMO Hotels and Resorts Outlines 2022 "Bucket List" Escapes

COMO Hotels and Resorts has unveiled a calendar of experiences at its collection of properties around the world—from an Italian culinary pop-up in London to a photography retreat in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Until February 11, Chef Gennaro Russo of Le Sirenuse, Italy, will bring the authentic flavors of the Amalfi Coast to COMO Parrot Cay. Signature dishes from Le Sirenuse, paired with fine wines handpicked by the Italian hotel’s head sommelier, Cristian Fusco, will be served at COMO Parrot Cay’s Terrace Restaurant. Meals will be served on colorful crockery handmade in the ceramic town of Vietri al Mare, and signature cocktails crafted by Alessio Lupo, director of mixology, will be shaken-up from the Positano property’s menu. Besides, the boutique at COMO Parrot Cay will sell a selection of high-end resort wear from Emporio Sirenuse’s 2022 collection.

COMO Castello Del Nero will bring a taste of Italy to COMO Metropolitan London on Park Lane from February 17-26, 2022. Executive Chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro has created a menu highlighting signature dishes from the Italian estate’s restaurant, La Taverna, paying homage to Tuscany’s culinary roots. Guests can enjoy homemade pasta to Florentine-style T-bone steak, pizza, and a selection of hand-selected wines. Chef Giovanni will also host two pasta-making master-classes. The master-class also includes a selection of antipasti, a glass of Italian wine and desserts served with coffee.

Set within the south-eastern wing of the history-steeped State Buildings, COMO The Treasury’s Cape Arid Rooms are home to the Cape Arid Afternoon Tea. Inspired by the adventures of local artists, Alex and Philippa Nikulinsky, the Afternoon Tea celebrates Australia’s natural abundance with a revolving menu that spotlights local producers and ingredients—the new Thomas River edition incorporates Shark Bay Crab, Borrello Ricotta Cheese and Bahen & Co Chocolate. Guests can enjoy Champagne or tea and feast on freshly prepared delicacies such as Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Cucumber Sandwiches, Pea and Ricotta Tartlets and Hazelnut Dacquoise with Mango Compote and Passionfruit as they marvel at The Cape Arid Rooms’ high ceilings, timber-shuttered windows and watercolor and ink paintings by the Nikulinskys.

This May, visitors can join the Curry Sisters on a six-night yoga retreat at COMO Parrot Cay. Inspiring self-care and teaching techniques to practice yoga long after leaving the retreat, the Curry Sisters’ daily classes pull on principles of Vinyasa and Hatha, as well as Pranayama breathing and meditation. The sisters will impart 20 years of experience on the retreat through a combination of four-and-a-half hours of daily yoga and time spent unwinding—whether enjoying a signature COMO Shambhala ritual at the whitewashed COMO Shambhala Retreat, kayaking through the mangrove forests, or finding a moment of peace in a hammock between swaying palms. Nutritious meals are served from the bespoke COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu, as well as nourishing daily treats including the Ginger Tea and COMO Shambhala Juice of the Day.

This spring, Dr. Rui Pedro Loureiro will bring over 20 years of clinical practice as a Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist to the Maldives, as a visiting practitioner at COMO Cocoa Island. Whether seeking to improve overall wellbeing, combat aging or learn to adapt eating habits, Dr Rui will cater to guests’ individual needs with a series of tailored treatments, from Facial Rejuvenation and Anti-Cellulite to Acupuncture. A combination of Acupuncture and Epigenetic Tests—whereby hair is used to provide guests with a profile of their genetic data to build tailored lifestyle and diet recommendations—will also be combined on bespoke three-, five- and seven-day retreats.

Participants can join British photographer Martin Morrell during a four-night retreat in the Tuscan countryside at COMO Castello Del Nero from April 20-24, 2022. Morrell will offer daily photography workshops that will encompass the end-to-end process of travel photography, from set up to technical mastery in post-production. Participants can explore the cities of Florence and San Gimignano with a guide who will show them the best spots to use their new skills or relax with a COMO Shambhala signature treatment and a stroll in the gardens and olive groves across the estate.

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