Looking to experience the best of blissful Burma? Here Clare, one of our senior travel consultants, gives us her top 5 boutique hotels in the land that time forgot…
1. Belmond Governor’s Residence
Ask anyone what their favorite boutique property in Burma is and they’ll invariably say it’s the Belmond Governor’s Residence. This glorious property is a little oasis within Burma’s cultural capital, Yangon, with beautiful gardens, enormous baths, and a chic style. Don’t miss their sumptious breakfast.
2. Hpa-An Lodge
This is a little gem, located off the beaten track. Head south of Yangon, to Karen State and enjoy stunning scenery with lots of monoliths and caves. The villages surrounding Hpa-An Lodge are known for their weaving industry and there I bought a beautiful top to take home with me. The food is delicious and the hotel itself is made up of just 18 cottages making it a wonderfully peaceful, rural experience.
3. Yandabo Home
I’d recommend staying here for one night as it really is an experience in itself. Located halfway between Mandalay and Bagan, Yandabo Home is a great way of breaking up the journey without doing an actual cruise. All staff are employed from the local pottery village, and they’ll take you around – introducing you to their family and friends. It’s also historically significant, as it’s where the peace treaty that ended the first Anglo-Burmese war was signed.
4. Villa Inle Resort & Spa
On the shores of peaceful Inle Lake, lies Villa Inle Resort & Spa. With 27 villas here are spacious with wonderfully high ceilings, it’s also one of the few hotels at Inle that actually has a pool. With opulent interiors and a restaurant with a great atmosphere in the evening, guests can relax in style.
5. The Hotel by the Red Canal
Located in central Mandalay, The Hotel by the Red Canal really is a true boutique hotel. The rooms are quite small but full of charm and character. Named after the Burmese states – Shan, Rakhine, Chin and Kachin, you get a good feel for the country you are in here. The hotel is set in beautiful tropical gardens and the food in the Indian restaurant is unmissable.
For more information, take a look at our guide to Burma, or call one of our travel consultants today on 0203 603 3555