Sanctum Inle Resort

Inle Lake, Burma

At a Glance

  • Designed to look like a European monastery

  • Interiors are tasteful and contemporary with a classic twist

  • Villas are ideal for families, with a king room connecting to a twin room

  • Private feel as there is a channel leading to the lake

  • Beautiful views over Inle Lake and to the hills beyond

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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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It is definitely worth upgrading to the villas in the grounds which have lovely terraces overlooking the lake.

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Sanctum Inle Resort is located on the eastern bank of Inle Lake in Myanmar. It features a luxurious minimalist style complete with a central courtyard, monastic style arches and views over the lake.

Designed by the acclaimed architect Brigitte Dumond de Chassart, the resort is quite different to other hotels you will come across on Inle Lake. It draws on monastic influences (Spanish not Burmese), featuring arched walkways and cloisters that is some way could also be described as a touch colonial. It is strikingly luxurious; a perfect mix of minimalism, style and elegance.

The resort features a central main building where you find the restaurants, bar and some of the rooms. There is also the Cluster which is located behind the main building and houses many of the Cloister Classic Rooms. There are also villas located to the left of the main building, perfect for families wanting a two bedroom unit.

Sanctum Inle Lake has light and airy rooms, all featuring teak floorboards and exposed wooden beams. Expect all the mod cons such as air-conditioning, mini bars, modern bathrooms and TVs. The villas are ideal for families, offering two bedrooms and a private terrace overlooking the lake. The superb Abbey Suites are located in the main building and have their own exquisite private terrace.

The Rectory is the main restaurant and is located at the front of the main building overlooking the lake. Drawing on local Shan culinary influences, it provides a wide range of dishes and also has international options available. There is also a spa and a main swimming pool which is due to be completed in 2016.

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The hotel leads in with the Cloister Classic Rooms which are located in a separate building with Deluxe Rooms in the main building. There are two types of larger suites, Abbey and Hermitage Suites and then ten villas in the grounds which can interconnect for families.


Sanctum Inle Resort features one large restaurant with options to dine outside and features a range of international dishes. The Cloister Bar is located beside this, again offering outdoor space. There is a superb spa offering a range of treatments.



Clare Monro (Staff)

Sanctum is really unique on Inle Lake because it has a very different style to the other properties, the majority of which are much more Burmese in style. This is very sophisticated with spacious rooms - I was lucky enough to be in one of the enormous villa rooms, which are definitely worth going for! The hotel was literally brand new when we stayed, and really beautiful.


  • A Day in the Life of the Inthar

    On this half-day tour get to know the Inthar, the native residents of Inle Lake. Explore their stilted villages, encounter leg-rowing fishermen, pick vegetables at floating farms and even help to prepare an Inthar meal.

  • Balloon Experience Over Inle Lake

    For balloon enthusiasts, Inle Lake offers rare variety. The weather patterns mean it is possible to both soar above the mountains or to float gently above the lake, only a few meters from the water, all on the same trip.

  • Full Day Inle Lake

    Spend a day experiencing Inle Lake, an enormous yet quiet body of water surrounded by floating gardens, stilt-house villages and Buddhist temples as well as a thriving cottage industry employing hundreds of artisans.

  • Full Day Kakku Tour

    This full-day tour to Kakku, tucked away in the Shan mountains, reveals one of the most amazing sights in Burma; a complex made up of a staggering 2500 historic stupas.

  • Inle Lake Cooking Experience

    Experience authentic Burmese culture on this half-day tour by joining a hands-on cooking class, preparing traditional dishes inspired by the people of Inle Lake, whilst supporting a local training center. You’ll also get to meet some rare Burmese cats.

  • Inle Lake Cultural Kayaking

    On this half-day tour, explore local villages by kayaking around Inle Lake, getting up-close to the stilted houses and floating gardens and navigating a maze of fascinating small canals.

  • Sunken Stupas of Sagar and More

    A full-day tour taking in the incredible ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar, a journey to Inle Lake’s remote southern waters and witnessing villages untouched by the modern world.

  • Trekking by Inle Lake

    This is the perfect full-day tour for the culturally curious visitor. Showcasing the natural beauty of Burma’s Shan State, this is your chance to hike through farms, fields and villages untouched by time and to discover the rich traditions of hill tribes.

Vacation Ideas

  • Exceptional Myanmar

    Yangon, Bagan, Private Irrawaddy Cruise, Mandalay, Inle Lake & Ngapali Beach

    from $8900 pp 12 nights

    • This itinerary provides an epic journey through Myanmar, staying in some of the countries most luxurious properties and enjoying some incredible personalized experiences
    • Exclusive experiences with the best guides throughout
    • Seamless service throughout, from the very start of the trip with VIP arrival at Yangon airport
  • Family Fun in Myanmar

    Yangon, Kalaw, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Yandabo, Bagan & Ngapali

    from $5600 pp 12 nights

    • Perfect to visit in October Half Term, Christmas, February Half Term and Easter Vacations
    • Perfect family adventure filled with fun activities
    • Lots of opportunities to head off cycling through the countryside
  • Imagine Myanmar

    Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Kalaw, Inle Lake

    from $3300 pp 11 nights

    • Myanmar is a true gem in the Asian crown, this stunning country is relatively untouched, so a trip here really feels unique
    • From the arid Bagan landscape to the verdant countryside surrounding Inle Lake or the vibrant fluttering prayer flags adorning the pagodas the scenes you will glimpse are truly breath-taking
    • Myanmar is immensely rich in culture and its vibrantly varied history is what makes this beautiful country so fascinating 

Location & directions

Inle Lake, Burma

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