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Singapore Airlines partners with COMO Shambhala for wellness cuisine

Wellness cuisine onboard from experts in the field in phase one. Is a spa in the Changi lounge wishful thinking?

COMO Cuisine (The COMO Group)

In a press release this afternoon, Singapore Airlines announced a Memorandum of Understanding with COMO Shambhala for “a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers”.

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(Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Who are COMO Shambhala?

Part of the COMO Group, also including COMO Hotels which is a luxury hotel and resort group with locations around the world. They are known for smaller, hyper-luxury and boutique style buildings.

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COMO Shambhala Retreat Ubud, Bali. (Photo: The COMO Group)

COMO Shambhala is effectively their spa branding but it extends throughout their properties.

“COMO Shambhala advocates proactive holistic wellness, combining modern science with ancient healing. We drive for real results through a team of experts, spa therapies, products, yoga centres, activity and energy-giving cuisine at our wellness retreats located within properties managed by COMO Hotels and Resorts.”

COMO’s wellness principles extend not only to the spa but also activities, food, beverages and amenities. Effectively a 360-degree approach.

We’ve stayed several times at COMO The Treasury Perth. It’s a stunning conversion of the old State Treasury building, built in 1874. It features simple but luxurious fixtures and fittings with large, open and airy rooms. A generous indoor swimming pool, with city views and of course, a COMO Shambhala spa.

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Initial phase

Singapore Airlines have said that the initial phase of the partnership, starting in the second half of 2019, will focus on food and beverage offerings on board.

“Using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy.”

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Excellent Thai Cuisine at Nahm in Bangkok. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

These wellness dishes will progressively be made available via Book the Cook – only offered in the premium cabins.

Economy Class doesn’t miss out however, as SIA will also be introducing a “Wellness Menu” across all classes.

It’s yet to be seen if these COMO Shambhala options will be in addition to, or will replace, the existing “Wholesome” and Canyon Ranch healthy food choices, the latter having received a rather lukewarm reception on the A350 ULR flights thus far.

Having eaten at Nahm, Como Metropolitan Bangkok and in all of the restaurants of Como The Treasury Perth, we can verify that the food is not only excellent but also meets with their ethos of healthy fine-dining.

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Delicious COMO Shambhala in-room dining in COMO The Treasury Perth. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Future developments

SIA’s press statement states they will be looking to include COMO Shambhala enhancements to their onboard amenities and IFE content (imagine yoga classes via your seat back screen – just be sure not to kick your seatmate!).

Something we’d also like to see, perhaps too much to ask, is the inclusion of a COMO Shambhala spa in the Singapore Airlines First Class lounges at Changi and around the world.

At home base these facilities are set to be upgraded in the next couple of years, and frankly, SIA currently lags behind other carriers without any spa offering even for its First Class customers.

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The spa in the Qantas First Lounge Sydney. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Many other carriers already offer pre-flight spa treatments in their lounges and this is clearly an area where Singapore Airlines could improve with the help of COMO’s spa experts.

Fingers crossed for that.

(Cover Photo: The COMO Group)

5 comments

  1. What happened to Canyon Ranch? Is SQ still offering Canyon Ranch inspired meals on ULR? It wasn’t apparent to me on my upcoming SQ 33 flight.

    1. Hi Robert, not sure. As far as we know, Canyon Ranch is still on offer. Are you not seeing it on your in-flight menu online?
      If not, then perhaps it’s been scrapped. It was quite universally unpopular with everyone we spoke to so far.

      1. Looks like these are still available. Host of “wholesale” options on BTC for March and May flights to EWR and one option on the inflight menus for flights out of EWR (no BTC).

      2. Hi VS, do you mean “Wholesome”? 😂

        If so, yes, but the “Wholesome” range is not exclusively for the ULR whereas the Canyon Ridge offer we’re specifically designed and offered for those flights.

        If you aren’t seeing them, even on BTC then perhaps they’ve been withdrawn quietly in favour of COMO Shambhala.

      3. Hahahah yes wholesome… yay autocorrect! One option on the inflight menu specifically mentions canyon ranch, but interestingly only on the a la carte menu and not on the lunch / supper menu. And it doesn’t sound appetizing at all.

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