At Myanmar Diaries, we know that everyone’s travel style is a little bit different. The same goes for hotel preferences- some prefer ultimate indulgence while others opt for budget, functional hotels. Some seek out stylish boutique properties and some chose amenity-filled resorts. Although Myanmar’s tourism industry is still in the early stages, there is a surprisingly large range of properties and we have visited each and every one of them to help advise on what is the best choice for your holiday.
The Strand Hotel
Built in 1901, Strand Hotel is more than an overnight stay- its an experience. Its colonial facade, rattan furniture, marbled lobby and flawless service echos of the days of yore. The Strand hotel has just 31 suites, ensuring each guest receives meticulous service from the team of butlers. The rooms epitomize timeless elegance, showcasing high ceilings with slow-whirring black lacquer fans, teak wood floors and spacious living areas. There’s also a spa, a business centre and boutiques for Burmese jewels, art and lacquerware.
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is situated on the Royal Lake in the centre of Yangon. The hotel is surrounded by extensive gardens and lake walkways of Kandawgyi Park, approximately 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, People’s Park and the striking Royal Barge on the lake. The downtown area of Yangon and the major shopping malls and sightseeing spots are only minutes away.
Sedona Hotel Yangon is an international-standard hotel on the north end of town, overlooking Inya Lake. The rooms and suites are tastefully designed with handcrafted furniture and fixtures but equipped with all modern facilities. The 300-plus room hotel features several restaurants, gym, a swimming pool and tennis court.
Hotel Grand United – Ahlone Branch
Conveniently located in Yangon’s downtown area Hotel Grand United offers easy-access to the city’s must-see destinations. The rooms are very spacious with large windows and great views. The hotel offers many facilities such as sauna, gym and a spa for guests to relax after an exciting day of sightseeing in this vibrant city. Additionally, the friendly staffs are always ready to help their guests with all concerns.
Reno Hotel is located north of the busy downtown in a quiet area of Myanmar’s largest city. The hotel has 65 rooms which are equipped with all necessary amenities that are needed for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
The newly built Grand Laurel Hotel is directly located in Yangon’s downtown area. Close to all tourist attractions such as Sule Pagoda or Bogyoke Market the hotel is the perfect spot to start an exciting sightseeing tour through Myanmar’s largest city. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the staffs are very friendly and have good English skills. Further, there are numerous dining and bar options nearby.
Inle Valley B&B
Built in 2013, Inle Valley Bed & Breakfast is settled in Yangon’s suburban area, surrounded by a peaceful garden. The decent budget accommodation provides basic facilities coupled with warm and friendly service which ensures a comfortable stay for their guests.
Rupar Mandalar offers an irresistible blend of contemporary comforts and traditional Burmese culture. The guestrooms are crafted from dark wood and, although dark on the inside, are richly adorned with intricate Burmese carvings, rattan furniture and silk textiles. A large swimming pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre and lighted tennis court offer plenty of leisure options for clients at Rupar Mandalar.
Adjacent to Mandalay’s landmark Royal Palace, Sedona Hotel Mandalay is an oasis of calm and tranquility set amidst four acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel has unbridled views of the Mandalay’s most famous attractions – the Royal Palace as well as the iconic Mandalay Hill. The international-standard hotel has 280 rooms and suites decorated in an elegant fuse of traditional Burmese fabrics, hardwood furnishings and contemporary styles. A fitness centre, large swimming pool, events hall and bar compliment the accommodation.
Mandalay Hill Resort
Mandalay Hill Resort offers the city’s most expansive facilities amid acres of lush gardens. Situated at the foot of Mandalay Hill the property has more than 300 rooms and suites, designed with guests’ comfort in mind yet still featuring reflecting the rich culture of Mandalay. A swimming pool, tennis courts, and a health club are all available as well as four dining outlets and a bar featuring live music.
Ma Ma Guesthouse
Ma Ma Guesthouse is a small family-run guesthouse with only 16 rooms. The decor is simple, but rooms are clean and bright with a wide range of amenities. The friendly owners, a local Mandalay family, offer cooking classes and traditional meals and the neighborhood location is a nice retreat from the busy city.
Aureum Palace Resort
This sprawling property of 114 upscale rooms overlooks a breath-taking scene of Bagan’s pagoda-studded landscape across a lotus-dappled lake. The towering teak-pillared grand lobby and the restaurant lend regal splendour to its 72-room complex of villa-type super deluxe accommodation. There is also a 42-room deluxe complex. Further, the hotel also offers extensive spa facility, banquet facilities and a huge swimming pool which affords a stunning view of Bagan’s pagoda landscape. Built in the local style the resort blends seamlessly in to the surroundings.
Blending elements of colonial architecture with classic Burmese design, Areindmar Hotel is a calming retreat in New Bagan. The two-storey building offers spacious rooms each of which looks out onto a tropical garden. A swimming pool, friendly service and attention to detail ensure guests at Areindmar have a memorable stay.
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Surrounded by more than 4000 ancient temples and Pagodas, guests will be enchanted by the breathtaking views. At The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate, you can feel the 11th Century antique decoration mixed with 21st century modern services. The Hotel offers 84 luxury rooms including 4 suites. Every room is decorated with teak floors and typical Burmese furniture and come with a private garden.
Shwe Yee Pwint is an elegant small hotel situated in New Bagan. The hotel offers a charming atmosphere and comfortable accommodation. All the rooms are nicely designed and furnished with an elegant decor: every room is designed in fusion of contemporary and local charm. Shwe Yee Pwint Hotel also offers a nice pool and a small spa.
Even though located in the centre of New Bagan, the neighbourhood of the Sky Palace Hotel is quite calm. Local villages and the temples of Bagan are easy reachable by bicycle which can be rent at the hotel. The rooms are situated in small houses with an exterior design combining modern architecture with traditional Myanmar accents. Besides a small but beautiful outdoor swimming pool the hotel offers facilities such as a restaurant, pool side bar, business center, smoking area and free Wi-Fi access in public areas as well as in the rooms.
The sprawling resort is perched on the edge of the lake with its main facilities and front-row villas spilling over onto the lake and the other villas on the lake’s banks. Guests will have a pleasant time while enjoying delicious meals in the restaurant or relaxing during a massage in the hotel’s spa. Further, the resort is located close to all main attractions of Inle Lake and the hotel’s friendly and polite staff will do the best to help their guests with all concerns.
Inle Princess Resort
Inle Princess Resort lies on the eastern bank of Inle Lake next to the Magyizin Village. The resort is surrounded by magnificent views of the blue mountain ranges and rice paddy fields. The architecture of Inle princess was drawn from the traditions and culture of the Shan and Inthar people. The hotel offers nice facilities and comfortable accommodation to all guests. While staying at Inle Princess Resort guests will have a very pleasant time within the beautiful atmosphere of Inle Lake.
Villa Inle Resort & Spa
Beautiful decor and adorable atmosphere define this discreet cluster of private villas perfectly set in 20 acres of exotic gardens on the eastern shore of Inle Lake. All villas are tastefully decorated and all guests will have a fantastic stay within a peaceful and relaxing ambiance.The hotel has also planted a selection of exotic fruit trees so guests can pick their own fresh fruit and there is an organic vegetable garden. Furthermore, the friendly and attentive staffs never fail to help their guests with all concerns.
Placed at the banks of Inle Lake, the Amata Garden Resort opened its doors to welcome their guests as of 2013 winter. The building is quite highly decorated and the rooms are quite charming. The hotel itself is located a bit far outside and there are no food options around. Besides that, the hotel staffs are very friendly and helpful. Facilities such as an elegant restaurant, a bar and a spa invite to spend some quality time at this hotel.
Pristine Lotus Spa Resort
Positioned at a rare vantage point, Pristine Lotus Spa Resort’s main facilities and villas are gracefully laid out over a landscaped hillside that gently slopes into the lake, offering great views and the Shan hills beyond. Bi-lingual local staff welcomes from the canopied lobby that rests on an island connected by teak-wood bridges over cascading swifts and landscaped gardens.
This property is built on stilts and stands admirably in the heart of Inle Lake. Its architecture stylizes the unique features of the people of Inle (Inthar). Although surrounded by water, there is a green tropical garden at the back of the hotel. The privacy, tranquillity, style and great service lets savour the unique atmosphere of this place. It is located in the middle of all attractions of Inle Lake: only 45 minutes boat transfer from NyaungShwe, the nearest town, and 10 minutes away from the floating bazaar and the glorious Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.
Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort
Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort is perfectly located on Inle Lake close to floating markets, floating villages or Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. The hotel offers nice, spacious rooms within pleasant atmosphere and all guests will have a relaxing stay. Guests can enjoy their holidays while having a delicious meal in the hotel’s restaurant or just relaxing at the pool. Further, the friendly and polite staff will try everything to help with all concerns.
View Point Lodge is ideally located in Nyaug Shwe and offers easy access to all important attractions. The rooms are very tastefully furnished and will ensure an enjoyable stay for all guests. The whole compound is very idyllic and guests will have a relaxing time while staying at View Point Lodge. There is also a nice attached restaurant that offers delightful dishes and one can eat while watching the lively hustle on the canal.
Situated in a quiet little street in NyaungShwe and within walking distance to markets, restaurants and the jetty, La Maison Birmane is a tranquil and relaxed haven to replenish energy. The nine bungalow-type rooms are tastefully designed in traditional Myanmar village style and attuned to high quality Western standards. To finish in style, the staffsare very kind, attentive and pleased to meet guests demand with a smile. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the lobby area.
The small two storey building is located in a quite part of town in a distance of a 10-minute walk to the little city centre of Nyaung Shwe. The guesthouse is family owned and has very cordially and competent staff which creates a home away from home feeling. In the front of the house is a small garden which invites the guests to sit down and relax. Furthermore, the guesthouse offers the possibility to rent bikes to explore the beautiful environment of Nyaung Shwe such as the close Red Mountains.
Located on the pristine beaches of Ngapali, Amara Ocean Resort is traditionally built while fusing Western standards with Asian hospitality. Its 28 bungalows are scattered across a wide palm grove, each guaranteeing views of the Indian Ocean and the Rakhine Mountains.
Aureum Palace Resort
Lying on the Ngapali beach, the Aureum Resort & Spa Ngapali offers guests direct access to the beach from the hotel. The resort has 42 fully equipped spacious cottages, providing guests a relaxing and comfortable stay. The beach-bar situated on a full-scale stationary boat and the free-form shaped swimming pool both look out on to the expanding ocean view. There is also a business and fitness center as well as the main restaurant to complete the comfort experience of the resort.
Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa
Intimate, relaxing and indulgent Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa’s 32 villa property is an ideal place to soak in the beauty of Myanmar’s most beautiful beach. The centrally-located property blends island style with modern minimalism and the on-site Spa is ranked as one of the country’s best.
Amata Ngapali Beach Resort, stretches along the shoreline of Ngapali Beach Myanmar. The resort covers more than five acres of tropical wonderland and guests are luxuriously accommodated in seventy bamboo, cane and rattan cabanas, bungalows and suites. The resort is flanked by a 400 meter seaside boardwalk. It features Grand Cabana Sea View, multi-tiered bungalows with traditional styles of living & Cabana Cottages, two-storey buildings with a relaxing living room.
Nestled amongst coconut palms on the pristine beach frontage of Ngapali Beach in the bay of Bengal, Myanmar, the Sandoway Resort Ngapali is designed in a traditional South East Asian style of elegance and is constructed in local materials of various kinds of hard wood, stone carvings and marble. The hotel interior has been decorated with furnishings and fittings that have been designed and produced exclusively for the Sandoway Resort.
Diamond Ngapali Hotel is ideally located at the end of beautiful Ngapali Beach. It offers comfortable accommodation, direct beach access and a nice view on Pearl Island. Guests will have a pleasant time while relaxing at the beach, walking around the town and enjoying the hotel’s facilities.
Pleasant View Resort
Pleasant View Resort is located at the far end of the beach strip, on a quiet location near a typical fishing village and Pearl Island. It offers spectacular views of Ngapali Beach and comfortable accommodation within beautiful atmosphere.
The Bay of Bengal resort is an artistic contemporary interpretation of the traditional and graceful Myanmar style, and the ultra-modern roof styling is specially designed to flood the resort with calming, filtered natural light. The Bay of Bengal’s Resort 62 comfortable rooms, 18 Royal Bengal Villas, 14 Bengal Suites, 14 Deluxe Sea View and 16 Deluxe Garden View have been meticulously designed to accentuate the natural elements that draw vacationers to the beach. In each room tropical sunlight streams through big picture windows, while private balconies allow guests to enjoy the ocean breeze.
Myanmar Treasure Resort
Myanmar Treasure Resort is designed to tempt those who wish to escape from hectic city life. The Resort overlooks a 9-mile white-sand pristine beach set against a crystal blue sea. A five-hour drive to the south of Yangon will take you to this holiday haven amidst sun, sand and sea. The indigenous architecture of the teak-pillared lobby, the teak- house restaurant and the thatch-roofed bungalows under the swaying palms on a virgin beach provide a most romantic setting. Spices with a touch of traditional magnificence.
Built in the year 1909 the colonial building opened its doors as a hotel in 2002. The boutique hotel has only 10 rooms and guests will feel set back 100 year to old old colonial times. Being surrounded by fresh mountains air and a lush garden guests can enjoy pleasant views on the surrounding Shan mountains and enjoy excellent service during their stay in the former British hill station Kalaw.
Hill Top Villa
The Hill Top Villa is located on Kalaw Hill near the train station. The hotel has 26 bungalows that are surrounded by a nicely landscaped garden. All rooms have a private balcony from where guests can enjoy pleasant views on the beautiful surroundings.
The Myanmar Ministry of Tourism’s rating system is based on a different set of standards and regulations from most travel associations. Therefore we have provided our ratings as well which we feel are more in-line with international systems.
DELUXE: These are the very best hotels available in Myanmar; while they are very nice they are not comparable to 5-star luxury chains in other countries. Some hotels may be classified as luxury not due solely to the amenities but also for their historical significance as well (an example would be a colonial hotel).
FIRST CLASS: First Class hotels are overall comparable to an internationally 3 to 4-star hotel service. They are run very well and offer an array of premium services. You simply can’t go wrong!
SUPERIOR: Superior class hotels usually have a great price/value ratio comparable to an average 3-star accommodation. Don’t expect luxury but basic functions such as air conditioning, TV, restaurants, etc.
STANDARD: These are the hotels offered in Myanmar at quite low costs. They are oriented towards budget-minded travellers. The rooms will be clean and able to provide you with a good night’s sleep. However there will be no special amenities.