Strand Hotel, Yangon: Author John Murray in his 1911 ‘Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon’ declared The Strand as “the finest hostelry East of Suez”, a title it has enjoyed for more than 100 years. Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers, famed for the likes of Raffles in Singapore and The E&O in Penang, The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring colonial landmarks.
Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon: A colonial-style mansion from the 1920s, the Governor’s Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Burma’s southern states. Located in the Embassy Quarter, it conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. With its fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, step inside and discover a timeless luxury hotel. Set in a garden dotted with lotus pools, the hotel is magical at the end of the day.
Areindmar Hotel, Bagan: This hotel is nestled among the temples of New Bagan, just south of the city walls of the ancient capital. Featuring 50 deluxe rooms around a large, leafy central courtyard, Areindmar is designed for travelers looking for an oasis of green after exploring the wonders of this historic area.
Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan: Set within the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, in a unique location amongst the ancient temples, this property is an expansive resort set amidst 27 acres of tropical gardens, offering the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique journey into the history of ancient Bagan. Antiques and local arts adorn each villa, complementing the ambiance of the resort and its surroundings. Bedrooms are spacious with modern facilities; bathrooms are large with luxurious amenities.
Sanctum Inle Resort, Inle Lake: A destination as Inle Lake demands a resort where detachment is a priority. Where simplicity is the essence of elegance. Where contemplation, not bustle, reigns supreme. With a design that celebrates the fundamentals, which merges the past and the present, East and West, the hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales. Stay in one of four classes of rooms; dine from menus that span Eurasia; relax by the pool overlooking the lake, and explore the wonders of Inle.
Villa Inle, Inle Lake: This is a perfect place to admire the beauty of Inle Lake. All the lakeside villas are designed to harmoniously blend in with the natural environment. From your villa, you can watch fishermen glide by, water buffaloes cooling themselves, migratory and native birds picking food. In order to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact, it’s deliberately kept the number of rooms to a minimum. Just relax, sit and read and enjoy the tranquility of the garden and the Lake.
Yoma Cherry Lodge, Ngapali: This lodge is located in a village, on a small bay at Ngapali Beach, which is 15 minutes’ drive from Thandwe Airport and Ngapali Golf Course. As a small boutique beach hotel with its architectural charm, a well-tended garden and a beach terrace, Yoma Cherry Lodge is a perfect spot to simply “chill out” and enjoy the sun, the sea and fresh seafood.
Tai House Resort, Hsipaw: This resort simply has some of the best customer service in Myanmar. The staff goes above and beyond to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Its central location in Hsipaw makes it perfect for exploring the town and as a base for trekking into the nearby Shan mountains.
Please Note: The above luxury hotels are only suggestions. Alternative accommodations can also be arranged, depending on your style and budget.