Royal Kalaw Hills Resort
Royal Kalaw Hills Resort is a charming colonial boutique hotel which was originally constructed in 1898 in the hill station of Kalaw in Burma's Shan State. The wonderful gardens provide welcome respite after exploring the numerous nearby walking trails.
At a Glance
Charming colonial hotel with wonderful gardens
Original colonial building features a few rooms, although style is a little kitsch
Range of day treks on offer from the hotel
Lovely restaurant with ample seating outside to enjoy a glass or two
There are just 14 rooms at Royal Kalaw Hills Resort, some are in the original colonial building with others located in the gardens behind. The rooms have been designed to reflect the hotel's colonial past. These start with the Deluxe Rooms which feature delightful fireplaces, but if you want more space then we suggest opting for the Royal Kalaw Hills Villa Rooms which have the added benefit of a sit-out providing great views over the Shan Hills beyond. The rooms on the old colonial building are a little more dated in style. Opt for the entry level Royal Boutique Rooms or the larger Royal Executive Room. All rooms have separate bathtubs and showers, WiFi and open fires for winter nights.
There is one restaurant serving local and international cuisine. The real highlight of Royal Kalaw Hills Resort are the gardens where you will find many nooks and crannies to sit down and read a book. There is a small spa providing basic treatments to sort out any aches and pains you might have received when walking in the surrounding hills.
There are three room types at Royal Kalaw Hills Lodge starting with the four Deluxe Rooms which are located behind the main house and are 35sqm and feature ensuite bathrooms and a fireplace. The Villa Rooms are also behind the main house, yet have a veranda and are larger at 100sqm. There are then the rooms in the main old colonial house starting with the Royal Boutique Room which at 35sqm is rather small and the decor is a little more 'old-school'. The largest room in the old house is the Royal Executive Room.
The hotel has a main restaurant serving both local and international cuisine and there is also a small spa featuring a sauna and Jacuzzi.
Location & Directions
Kalaw is located in southern Shan State and links very easily with a visit to Inle Lake.
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.