We believe these are 5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar, they are each in strategic locations allowing you to create the perfect itinerary to explore this Southeast Asian country that has so much to offer.
Sule Shangri-La Yangon
Start your trip by flying into Yangon which was the capital of Myanmar until 2006, and make a reservation at Sule Shangri-La Yangon which has a central location and is within easy access of all tourist attractions, including Shwedagon pagoda which is sure to be part of your plans.
With 474 well appointed rooms and suites this 5 star hotel is a firm favourite for leisure and business travellers alike, the Horizon Club rooms include access to the Horizon Club lounge where you can enjoy complimentary evening cocktails and canapés and benefit from late check out and personal concierge service during your stay.
All guests can enjoy the fitness centre and outdoor pool which provides the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring this vibrant city; breakfast is served daily at ‘Cafe Sule’ and don’t forget to make a reservation at their signature restaurant, ‘Summer Palace’ where vegetarian and vegan guest will be pleased to know there is an all vegetarian menu available.
Sanctum Inle Resort
A short flight from Yangon will see you arrive at Heho airport which serves Inle Lake and the surrounding area, when deciding where to stay you should look no further than the simply wonderful Sanctum Inle Resort where the hardest decision you will have to make is whether you should ever leave this delightful property.
The resort is located adjacent to Inle Lake with far reaching sunset views from the beautiful swimming pool and many of the beautifully appointed rooms and suites; designed in a monastic style and claiming that “simplicity is the essence of elegance and contemplation” this is certainly the place to gather your thoughts and savour in the breathtaking surroundings.
Guests dining at ‘The Refectory’ are in for a culinary treat with dishes that respect the Shan culture using traditional recipes and ingredients, many of which come from the on site organic vegetable garden, the menu also features a selection of Western favourties and a number of vegetarian dishes, an all vegan menu can be created upon request and comes highly recommended by us.
Next stop on your Myanmar adventure is Mandalay which is the former royal capital in the north of the country and located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the brand new (opened March 2018) Hilton Mandalay is a great city center option overlooking the majestic Royal Palace.
Guests can choose from a selection of modern and stylish rooms and suites including executive rooms with executive lounge access; leisure facilities include a huge outdoor pool, adjacent fitness centre and complimentary bicycles for exploring the city.
Dining options include ‘Cafe Mandalay’, for breakfast and all day dining, the ‘Lobby Lounge’ for drinks and snacks and in the evening why not head to ‘Moat’ and enjoy live music, a glass of wine and choose from the extensive menu of local, Asian and Western cuisine.
No trip to Myanmar would be complete withour visiting Bagan to explore the remarkable temples and pagodas that it is famous for, Bagan Lodge which is situated in New Bagan offers guests a great option as a base for their time in the area.
This tented resort is an oasis of calm boasting 2 swimming pools and beautifully manicured gardens, the spacious rooms and suites are very well appointed with supremely comfortable beds which are more than welcome having spent all day ‘temple hopping’.
There are over 2,000 holy sites and Buddhist monuments remaining, however between the 11th and 13th centuries there were in excess of 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries forming part of this ancient city, the scale of this vast and varied historic site is simply mind blowing and has to be seen to be believed.
Eskala Resort Ngwe Saung
The perfect way to end your trip to Myanmar is to head to the coast and we chose to visit Ngwe Saung where we stayed at Eskala Resort Ngwe Saung which is located right on the wide, sweeping and deserted beach.
Rooms and suites, many of which boast sea views and a huge, inviting swimming pool create the perfect location to chill out at the end of your Myanmar adventure; expect friendly and welcoming staff to ensure your stay is memorable and end each day with a cocktail whilst watching the sunset over the Bay of Bengal.
Breakfast and all day dining can be enjoyed at ‘Brizo Restaurant’ but for that unique dining experience make a reservation at ‘The Village House’ where the chef and his team have created a “nutritionally balanced menu of authentic Rakhine food”, our delicious vegan meal was served ‘family style’ with a selection of sharing platters for us to enjoy using ingredients from the adjacent organic garden.
We loved Myanmar and will be sure to return, we hope our 5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar helps you to plan your trip and decide where to stay when you visit this enchanting country.
Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world.
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