Belmond Governor's Residence
At a Glance
Located in the elegant Embassy district and dates from the 1920s
One of the most beautiful tropical gardens in Yangon
Lovely outdoor pool to relax by after a day of sightseeing
Enjoy a cooking class along with a trip to the local market to buy the fresh ingredients
Beautiful local teak makes up most of the fittings and furniture
Best time to Visit
Good 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.
To start planning your holiday to Belmond Governor's Residence
An elegant 1920s teak mansion in the heart of Yangon's Embassy Quarter, Belmond Governor’s Residence is perfectly positioned to explore all the cultural treasures that Yangon has to offer including the Shwedagon pagoda and lively Bogyoke Market.
Belmond Governor's Residence is one of the most luxurious addresses in Yangon (formerly Rangoon). Built in 1920, The Governor's Residence is housed in a two-storey mansion that was built for one of the Governor's from Burma's southern states. With verandas overlooking the lush lotus gardens and pools, this is a peaceful home in the middle of Yangon.
With only 49 rooms and suites, all housed in the original building, Belmond Governor's Residence offers an intimate experience. All of the rooms are beautifully appointed with teak furniture and silks and have views either onto the inner courtyard or the lotus gardens.
One of the main features of the property is the beautiful fan-shaped swimming pool, surrounded by the tropical gardens and this is perfect to come back to after a busy day's sightseeing. The Mandalay Restaurant offers local and Western cuisine and there are also two picturesque bars for evening cocktails. The aptly-named Governor's Oasis is home to this boutique hotel's peaceful spa, and offers a range of relaxing treatments.
Yangon itself is the bustling cultural capital of Burma, and visitors to the city can visit the beautiful golden Shwedagon Pagoda which is one of the world's most important Buddhist sites. To catch a glimpse of modern life in Yangon, no trip is complete without visiting Bogyoke (or Scott's) Market as well as the everyday markets lining the streets. A wander around Downtown Yangon will give a feel for what the city would have been like as Rangoon during the colonial period with beautifully characterful buildings.
Belmond Governor's Residence is home to 45 rooms and 4 suites, all decorated with teak furniture and tropical cottons and silks. We recommend the Deluxe Garden view rooms looking onto the lotus garden and pool or the newly renovated Governor's Rooms which are larger and beautifully appointed with colonial, antique furnishings. The two Junior Suites are larger still and the Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families as there are no connecting options at the hotel.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Belmond Governor's Residence, however, there are no facilities available except babysitting.
The Mandalay Restaurant serves Asian and European cuisine as well as the exotic local cuisine and is housed in the main part of the residence. Drinks are offered either in the al fresco colonial-style Mindon Lounge; perfect for an evening cocktail accompanied by a traditional dance performance during the high season, or in the elegant Kipling Bar. The green ceramic fan-shaped swimming pool is beautiful and there is a poolside menu on offer.
Spa treatments are available in your room or in the treatment room at the Governor’s Oasis. There is a boutique and gift shop at the hotel, with beautiful local artwork available to purchase.
There is lots to explore in Yangon and a private guide can of course be arranged. Belmond Governor's Residence can also arrange a market tour to view the local produce on offer, followed by a cooking demonstration where you can learn how to make a traditional Burmese salad. Bicycles are also available at guests' disposal.
Louise Huntington (Staff)
Belmond Governor's Residence is a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Yangon. Its tropical gardens and beautiful pool are a welcome retreat after a long flight or a busy day of sightseeing. The rooms are beautifully done, all with teak wood and very comfortable beds. If you want to try some traditional food, I would highly recommend dinner at the Burmese Curry Table restaurant This is a buffet restaurant so a great opportunity to try different local specialities. The staff are incredibly friendly and nothing is too much trouble. In the evening when the hotel is lit up, it is utterly magical.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Belmond Governor's Residence is a beautiful boutique property in the leafy embassy area of Yangon. The rooms are tasteful and the gardens really lovely. breakfast here is fantastic!
Sarah Baxter (Staff)
In a bustling, busy city, Belmond Governor's Residence offers a tranquil retreat an easy distance from the city centre, so is an excellent place to base yourself. It is in one of the prettiest parts of town, on a road littered with embassies and grand colonial buildings. The pool area is an oasis of calm and the rooms are charming. The Governors Rooms are the most private, as they are located upstairs. While the ground floor Deluxe Rooms are less private, they are lighter and benefit from a sizable bathtub. The only minor complaint was the slightly noisy air conditioning.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
This is the epitome of understated elegance and fits in perfectly with its surroundings of the embassies that are dotted all the way along the surrounding street. The main dining area overlooks the fantastic pool which is lit up at night by hundreds of little candles and creates a really special atmosphere. Through the hotel there is also a clear use of traditional Myanmar materials and lots of polished wooden floor boards which add to the whole colonial feel.
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Location & directions
The Governor's Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter, close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda and just 10-minutes from the city centre.
How to get there
15-hour flight (change in Bangkok) to Yangon. The Governor's Residence is 30-minutes from the airport.
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