Although investment dollars have come pouring in after Barack Obama's 2012 state visit to Myanmar and cranes have cropped up across the city, there remains only a handful of world-class luxury hotels in Myanmar for travelers seeking a more luxurious journey. Review below a few of the finer properties we use. Inquire about preferred rooms, special activities, and amenities.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."
Governor's Residence is a sublime, luxurious oasis in the heart of the lush Embassy Quarter of the former capital. In year's past the mansion managed by the renowned Pansea, the property is now operated by the Orient Express (Belmond). The Governor's was a sprawling Burmese teak mansion that underwent major restoration, and from all appearances, the Governor's Residence is exactly as it was in the 1920s as the former Yangon home of a governor of the state of Kaya. The frontal entry promenades over a large pool resembling a pond, and on the other side is picturesque tropical garden, with spacious outdoor areas for relaxing and enjoying the setting.
The spacious teak rooms are luxuriously decorated in tropical cottons and silks, looking over the lush landscaping, each with a large handmade, free-form bath. On the second floor in the main building is a spacious lounge with antiques boutique, complimented by a restaurant and wooden-paneled bar on the ground floor overlooking the pond and pool. All these spaces offer pleasant, semi-private areas to relax. The restaurant is one of the top choices in Yangon that has but a handful of decent places to dine at the moment with a setting that is unparalleled.
Indochina Travel's favorite aspect of the Governors is its close location to Shwedagon, making a pre-dawn, one-mile stroll to the temple a fascinating adventure. The ground-floor bar area, recalling a bygone era, is the perfect place to lounge with a drink after a day of touring. The Governor's hosts movie nights and other activities for children, but best of all is the quiet serene setting which is unmatched in Yangon.
Aureum Bagan is a must-visit place in Myanmar. The Aureum Palace is a newer resort and Bagan's most luxurious. This sprawling property of 87 rooms & villas overlooks Bagan's pagoda-studded landscape across a lotus-dappled lake. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant are very impressive and open.
The 42 deluxe rooms are situated at the back of the hotel with their own large swimming pool, whereas the villas have better views of the landscape. The hotel is complete with an extensive spa facility, banquet facilities, a fully equipped fitness center, a sauna, a nightclub and a huge swimming pool which has a stunning view of Bagan's pagoda dotted landscape.
A very comfortable hotel with pleasant setting to return to after visiting the temples.
A picturesque setting facing the enchanting lake surrounded by gardens of colorful trees and exotic flowers, the Inle Princess has 46 chalets (27 with lake and 19 with garden views).
The resort features a library, spa, lounge, and restaurant serving a variety of cuisines. Outdoor dining on the deck by request. Our take: Along with the Governor's and Mount Popa Resort, the Inle Princess is a top past traveler favorite and deservedly so, the top property on Inle. Often full, Inle also offers a few other pleasant options.
The best kept secret in a an untrammeled country. Located above the Nam Lang River in the remote Northern Kachin State on the edge of the Himalayan Mountains in Myanmar's remote northwest corner, the Malikha Lodge is one of the most exclusive retreats in the world, cut off from the outside by millions of acres of subtropical rain forest and jagged peaks. The lodge, designed by noted architect Jean Michel Gathy of the Aman Resorts, offers a similar level of sublime luxury replete with modern amenities, services, and cuisine in a secluded wilderness setting. The lodge is ideally located for nearby rafting and kayaking on the Nam Lang and tributaries as well elephant and nature treks with expert guides through lush surrounding forested mountains and jungle terrain to hill tribe villages in the region.
The luxurious lodge provides massage and spa services, comfortable lounging areas, swimming pool, and gourmet fusion cuisine with an extensive collection of wines and cocktails. Teak baths and other design facets unique touches to the lodge making it an unforgettable stay during your Myanmar luxury holiday.
Supplanting the long-time favorite resort, Sandoway, with its prime beach location. Like their Bagan property, the Aureum has developed the finest property now available in Ngapali. The Aureum boasts the best beach location, with a Balinese open-air architecture rich with teak woodwork. The resort has two restaurants, including a Japanese sushi bar to sample the local catch. A spa, outdoor cafe, beach lounge, business center, and boat excursions round out the amenities and activities.
Ngapali Beach now has a new and its first luxury resort. Set and the shores of Ngapali and surrounding a private lake, the pristine resort offers a serene setting with a stunning infinity pool from where to savor magnificent sunsets.
The Hilton features three hot tubs with a separated children’s area, a luxury spa, a 24-hour fitness center, and BBQ. All of the 51 rooms include Wifi, a balcony and terraces with views, flat-screen TV, full bath, and outside rain shower. Located on the first floor, the Lake View Suites boast a large terrace with sun beds and a massage area, and a raised bath in the center of the living-room. Ocean Suites provide a large outdoor deck with gazebo and private pool. Asian cuisine and international dishes are served up at the resident restaurant, Flow. At dusk, enjoy cocktails in the car, the Shore, taking in the beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. The Lounge, situated on the pool, provides drinks throughout the day.
To escape the hot temperatures during the summer in Mandalay, the Governor of Burma chose to rest from the heat in this stately Governor’s House. Sprawling botanical gardens and grape vineyards surround the pleasant grounds.
In remote Pyin Oo Lwin, find elegance, traditional luxury, and splendor of bygone days in a unique colonial style, where you may experience the ambiance of a century past (or enjoy the modern conveniences of the newer luxury bungalows in the resort). The five spacious guest rooms and interiors are superbly furnished with reconstructed originals and the architect's attention to detail captures the original property's spatial qualities and geometrical magnificence. Five guest rooms share magnificent hallway, living area, indoor pool and restaurant in this historic mansion.