Mandalay Hill Resort

Mandalay, Burma

At a Glance

  • Avoid the crowds by enjoying the sunset views from the comfort of your room

  • The spa here is above average but is very decently priced

  • An evening spent at Kinsana restaurant will be a memorable one - enjoy a buffet BBQ whilst watching a cultural show

  • Beautiful swimming pool and grounds

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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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Insider's View

Enjoy a traditional Myanmar fully body massage after a full day seeing the sights.

Make sure that you try a cocktail or two in the original Kipling Bar at the hotel

In the face of a buffet, I would definitely recommend the Asian soup counter, where you can choose your own ingredients to go with the broth.

Borrow a bike from the hotel and explore the city - or Scott Dunn can organize a more official bicycle ride for you.

Don't miss sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill during your stay.

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Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of a myriad of pagodas and faces the distinctive architecture of the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat.

Mandalay Hill Resort is a great place from which to enjoy the city of Mandalay. Its towering height means that it offers guests wonderful views of the pagodas, Royal Palace and its moat and of course the hill itself - all the iconic scenes of the area.

You walk into the lobby area which is large and modern - the hotel seems to glow with lots of wood features and low level lighting creating a calm atmosphere. The outdoor pool and gardens are beautiful with lots of attention to detail. The staff here are true to their burmese culture as they are discreet, smiley and very helpful.

The outdoor Kinsana restaurant and theater is a fun way to spend your evening with a beautifully presented food buffet and dining tables set amongst the palm trees – a rather serene setting. However, if you want an evening of fine dining, Yadanabon Café can accommodate you.

There is a variety of rooms and suites on offer at Mandalay Hill Resort. The villas located in the spa area are particularly special as they offer more privacy, however they are without the views! Each category has something to offer whether it be extra space or a desired view.

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Mandalay Hill Resort has 206 guest rooms and suites of varying categories. Rooms are decorated with warm colors and with wooden panelling and wooden floors. From each room you can enjoy views of either Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, Irrwaddy River and the city of Mandalay. Facilities include TV, fully stocked minibar, en-suite with bath and shower, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities and Wi-Fi.

Superior Room

King and twin rooms with views of the walled Royal Palace, Royal Moat and green city of modern day Mandalay.

Deluxe Room

King and twin bed rooms with views of Mandalay Hill.

Corner Deluxe

Spacious with king or twin beds and a living area. A choice of views of Mandalay and surroundings.

Junior Suite

King bedroom with adjoining lounge and private balcony with views over the walled Royal Palace, Royal Moat and green modern city of Mandalay.

Executive Suite

King bedroom with adjoining lounge and private balcony with views to Mandalay Hill and beyond.

Mandalar Suite

Has been designed to capture the opulence of bygone days with works of local artisans adorning the room. Master bedroom with en-suite, dining and lounge room, kitchenette, adjoining twin room with en-suite and a private balcony with views of Mandalay Hill and Irrwaddy plain to the north.

Mandalar Spa Villa

Nestled in the gardens on the Mandalar Spa. Decorated with the famous teak of Myanmar and features a king bed with en-suite, twin massage beds, steam rooms, garden shower and private garden.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Mandalay Hill Resort. There is a children's play area and pool which they will enjoy. Babysitting can also be arranged upon request.


There are a few different types of eateries to satisfy your tastes buds during your stay. Kinsana Garden Theater is open in the evening for dinner and you can enjoy an international BBQ buffet whilst being entertained by a culture show of sorts. Kipling's Lounge is found on the ground floor and serves a selection of drinks and you if you want a small bite to eat you could opt for a few of their yummy tapas dishes. There is also a live band playing from 8pm. Ming's Chinese restaurant offers as the name suggests, Chinese cuisine and it is open in the evening. Yadanabon Café is more of a fine dining restaurant which offers a la carte and an international buffet throughout the day.

The resort also has a spa and fitness center on site for those of you who are seeking some pampering or want to keep up your fitness routine. There is of course a swimming pool and a children's pool too.


The resort is well located to explore Mandalay and its environs. The old Royal Palace is within walking distance as is Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda which contains the World's Largest Book, over 700 marble slabs inscribed with the entire teaching of Buddha.



Louise Huntington (Staff)

Mandalay Hill Resort is well located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, so has great views from some of the rooms. It is a large hotel and a little dated in style but is one of the best options in Mandalay. The Corner Deluxe Rooms are spacious and have two huge windows, so you can really make the most of the views. If you want to splash out, the Spa Villas are stunning. They are set away from the hotel and you get a spa treatment a day included. Kipling's Bar is a buzzy place for an evening drink as there is a live band and good cocktail list. The swimming pool here is fantastic - a great place for a dip after a day exploring in the sunshine.


Clare Monro (Staff)

While not the most modern or stylish of hotels, the Mandalay Hill Resort is a very well-located property in the center of the city, at the foot of Mandalay Hill and within easy reach of the city's main attractions. It is comfortable and clean, and has good facilities.


Sarah Baxter (Staff)

The Mandalay Hill is one of the largest hotels, so is a safe bet in some respects as it caters for an international market. With 208 rooms and a number of facilities at your disposal, including a good size pool and a gym, it serves a great purpose for your stay in Mandalay. The dcor is fairly lavish and ornate, and they have gone heavy on the gold and brown, but once you get used to this, it is an incredible comfortable and easy stay. The pool area is very chilled and you can easily wile away a few hours soaking up the sun.


Sophie Jones (Staff)

The real draw for me for the Mandalay Hill Resort is the location which makes it really easy to access all the highlights in and around Mandalay which are stunning. Mandalay is the handicraft center of Myanmar so there are lots of little local workshops to visit, which I really enjoyed. The other serious plus point is the pool which is enormous and a saviour with the tropical heat.


  • Cycle Mandalay

    Pedal your way through the outskirts of Mandalay on this half-day guided excursion for a chance to see a different side of the city. Pass through small villages, monasteries and temples and visit a local market while stopping chat with locals.

  • Discover Mandalay and Mingun

    This thrilling full-day tour showcases the best of Mandalay and Mingun and involves ascending Mandalay Hill for a bird's-eye view of the city below, exploring the former Royal Capital’s temple and cruising up the Irrawaddy River for a visit to Mingun.

  • Mandalay Hill and Environs

    The last royal capital of Myanmar comes to life with this half-day guided tour of the main heritage sites of Mandalay. Visit the Golden Palace Monastery, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda and climb Mandalay Hill for views over the countryside.

  • Mandalay Nights by Motorbike

    During this exciting night-time tour, you’ll travel like a local, on the back of a motorbike, taking in the evening scenery, meeting friendly locals and stopping at markets, restaurants and bars perhaps to try some crispy duck and a frosty local beer.

  • Mandalay's Royal Capitals

    This is a full-day tour exploring Burma’s iconic and glorious royal capitals, including Sagaing, a spiritual center, explore the former capital of Ava by horse cart and stop in Amarapura for a walk along the iconic U Bein Bridge.

  • Morning in Mandalay

    This half-day guided tour takes in the morning activities of Mandalay’s residents. Join Buddhist worshipers at a local temple, witness the timeless procession of monks collecting alms and venture through the colorful, busy morning market for breakfast.

  • Mount Popa & Salay Tour

    The chance to learn about Myanmar’s tradition of spirit worship at Mount Popa, to explore Salay, a famous Buddhist center with unique architecture, and to witness scenes of bygone countryside life.

Vacation Ideas

  • Myanmar Uncovered

    Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Loikaw, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Ngapali Beach

    from $5400 pp 17 nights

    • Some of the most enriching experiences in Myanmar involves meeting the locals, whether that’s the fascinating ‘long-necked ladies’ of Loikaw or the farmers in Inle Lake – each has a unique story to tell
    • 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

Mandalay, Burma

Mandalay Hill Resort lies in a secluded location at the foot of Mandalay Hill, a 10-minute drive from the city center.

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