Amara Mountain Resort
Amara Mountain Resort is a colonial boutique hotel located in Kalaw in Burma's Shan State. It features just ten rooms in two separate buildings and is a great base for a visit to the Green Elephant Camp.
At a Glance
Colonial boutique hotel in the hill station of Kalaw
Perfect base from which to take day treks into the mountains
Close to the Green Elephant Camp
Nice terrace for al fresco dinner on warmer evenings
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Amara Mountain Resort was originally built in 1909 in a mock-tudor style in a pine forest above the hill station of Kalaw. In 2002, the old crumbling colonial building was lovingly renovated and another exact replica was built to add more rooms.
The rooms are large and decorated using local wood, four poster beds and open fireplaces which are lit in the winter. Don’t expect all the mod-cons such as TVs or WiFi that works perfectly, as Amara is best viewed as a suitable and comfortable base to explore the amazing walking trails you can embark on around Kalaw.
Amara has a restaurant which has an inviting terrace where you can eat al fresco if the weather is warm enough. The food offered is a mixture of regional and international dishes, and ingredients are sourced from their own herb and vegetable garden. There are lovely gardens to walk around in, and there is also a small spa.
Kalaw is the perfect base from which to head off trekking to local villages such as
Danu, Taungyoe, Pa - O or Palaung. You can also opt for mountain biking or heading into the colonial hill station of Kalaw to visit the local market. There is also a nine-hole golf course next to the hotel; in all truth it wouldn’t win many awards but is a pleasant place to spend a couple of hours if you feel the need to relax a little.
There are ten rooms at Amara Mountain Resort split between the old colonial building and the new replica. All rooms are similar with open chimney and an en-suite bathroom featuring a combined bathtub/shower.
The hotel features a restaurant with an al fresco terrace and serves a range of international and Asian dishes.
Location & Directions
Amara Mountain Resort is located in the hill station of Kalaw, about 15 minutes from the center of town.
When to go
The best time to visit Burma is during the dry season from November to April. At this time the warm and sunny days are ideal for sightseeing throughout the country. The temperatures start to rise in March, and May to September is best avoided as this is the rainy season when sightseeing can become difficult.