Amara Mountain Resort
Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma)
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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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 Hill Elephant Camp or exploring the Shan Hills.
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.
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.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Amara Mountain looks as if it is a cottage in a home counties village! It has a really pretty garden and the buildings are mock Tudor. Rooms are comfortable and clean but with no frills really. The restaurant doesn't have that much atmosphere but it provides a good base for trekking and I'd say is the best option in Kalaw.
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from £4100 pp inc flights & transfers for 17 nights
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- This itinerary allows you to explore the country at a leisurely pace, so why not sit and watch the sunsets over the Irrawaddy River, the sunrises over Bagan and enjoy a warm drink while taking a moment for yourself
- This itinerary whisks you away to Myanmar’s hidden gems, whether its the temples that have been left untouched, the remote hill villages or an array of barely trodden hiking routes
Location & directions
Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma)
Amara Mountain Resort is located in the hill station of Kalaw, about 15 minutes from the centre of town.
How to get there
Fly to Heho Airport followed by a 1.5 hour drive.
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