Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar (Burma)
At a Glance
Luxury eco-resort set on a remote island in the Mergui Archipelago, off the coast of Myanmar
Accessible from Myanmar and Thailand, the resort offers a perfect retreat at the end of a trip through either country
Offering barefoot luxury with an eco-friendly ethos, the Tented Beach villas and Treetop villas are sympathetically designed with superb ocean views
Two restaurants blend Asian and Mediterranean flavors using locally sourced and sustainable produce
The waters of the surrounding Lampi Marine National Park teem with coral and sea life for divers and snorkellers, while the mangroves can be explored on a paddleboard or kayak
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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With eleven luxury tents and three treetop villas, all with views over the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea, the Wa Ale eco-resort blends sympathetic design with top notch service to create a sumptuous, yet remote, island escape.
Lying on one of the 800 islands that make up the Mergui Archipelago, the Wa Ale Island Resort is a luxury eco-resort that takes inspiration from the breathtaking natural beauty of its surrounds to create an unassuming yet exclusive island retreat.
With just 14 tents and villas dotted throughout the jungle foliage that fringes the white sands of the beach, the resort prides itself on leaving a minimal footprint on the natural environment. Its design echoes this eco-friendly ethos, with tented beach villas and stilted treetop villas, thatched in local materials. Nestled into the lush jungle, but with spectacular ocean views, the villas and tents mirror the beauty of the landscape, their natural materials and muted tones creating a calm, restful retreat and allowing the spellbinding beauty of the exterior to come to the fore.
Despite its small size, Wa Ale boasts two dining options, with the Main Pavilion serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the River Cafe and Bar offers light meals and drinks, as well as special BBQ evenings. Blending Asian and Mediterranean flavors, the chef creates delicious dishes that use local and sustainable ingredients, including fish from the surrounding waters. With a dive center, spa and exercise facilities, the resort offers amenities that belie its small size.
Surrounded by the pristine waters of the Lampi Marine National Park, Wa Ale offers superb scuba diving and snorkeling amongst the vibrant reefs and caves of the Andaman Sea. Walk out of your tent and step onto the soft sands of Turtle Beach where the Lampi Foundation works to create a safe environment for Green and Leatherback turtles, or enjoy a picnic on the white sands of Honeymoon Beach. Catch sight of kingfishers and eastern reef herons as you kayak or paddleboard through the lush mangroves, or simply unwind on deck of your villa.
Though located off the southern coast of Myanmar, the island can also be accessed from Thailand, offering a perfect escape at the end of a trip through either country. From Bangkok it is a 1 hour and 20 minute drive, followed by a short boat trip and a 1-2 hour luxury speedboat ride from the Kawthaung Jetty. From Yangon it is a 1 hour 30 minute flight to the Kawthaung Jetty.
Offering barefoot luxury with an eco-friendly vibe, the Tented Beach villas and Treetop villas are sprinkled throughout the natural jungle foliage that fringes the pristine beach. Crafted from locally reclaimed materials, the villas sympathetically blend into their surroundings and allow the beauty of the landscape to take center-stage. State-of-the-art ceiling fans and large windows allow the sea breeze to cool the rooms naturally and, while a daily tea and coffee service is provided, mini-bars, hair-dryers, telephones and WIFI are not provided, in keeping with the resort’s off-the-grid, eco-living ethos.
The eleven Tented villas can accommodate up to four people, with a king-sized bed and sofa that can be converted into two single beds for children from 8-17 years. A rear deck offers uninterrupted views over the ocean, while the front deck looks into the jungle. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness as you shower in the indoor/outdoor bathroom with its private garden and luxury biodegradable amenities.
Ideal for two guests, the Treetop villas are set in the canopy, enjoying views over the treetops to the sparkling blue waters of the ocean. Lie back in the spacious bed to enjoy the views, and soak in the bird song of the treetops from the outside shower.
Wa Ale welcomes children 8 years and older though there are no specific facilities for younger guests.
Despite its small number of rooms, the resort offers a number of facilities, including two restaurants, a dive center, exercise facilities and a recreation center. Inspired by Asian and Mediterranean influences, the Main Pavilion restaurant and smaller River Cafe and Bar offer dishes crafted from the fresh produce of the chef’s organic garden or local producers, the flavors rivalled only by the stunning views and gentle sea breeze. When not unwinding on the sugar-soft sands of the beach, the spa offers a number of treatments to fully relax body and mind, surrounded by the calming sounds of the jungle and the gentle lapping of the waves.
Your days at Wa Ale are likely to be spent wandering between the powder-fine sands of the beach and the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Snorkel or dive through the colorful coral reef or paddleboard and kayak through untouched mangroves. Explore the archipelago as you island-hop through the largely uninhabited atolls and discover the local Moken fishing community who have lived in this region for hundreds of years. Wa Ale is also home to pythons, civet cats, monitor lizards and macaques, while whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins can be found offshore. Kites, kingfishers, sea eagles and emerald doves are just a sample of the prolific birdlife that thrive in the untouched forests of the island.
Location & directions
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar (Burma)
Lying off the coast of southern Burma, the island of Wa Ale is part of the Mergui Archipelago. Guests can fly to Kawthaung from Yangon, or to Ranong from Bangkok in around 1 hour 30 minutes and a 1 - 2 hour speedboat journey brings you from Kawthaung Jetty to the island.
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