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 Governor’s Residence
The Governor’s Residence is a colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s. This Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Burma’s southern states. With its fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this delightful hotel conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. Set in a verdant garden dotted with a swimming pool, the hotel is truly magical at the end of a day spent visiting the buzzing city. The alfresco dining room serves top-quality Burmese and international cuisine.
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 Wardan is nestled on a quiet street in central Yangon. It is within easy reach to many attractions and offers numerous opportunities to spend an exciting time in Yangon and engage in its vibrant life. The hotel offers pleasant accommodation with spacious, well-lit rooms to make all guests feel comfortable during their stay in Hotel Wardan.
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.
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.
Hotel Red Canal
An oasis of calm near the bustling centre of downtown Mandalay, Hotel Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary for visitors. The hotel has just 26 suites decorated to reflect the traditional style of Myanmar’s ethnic groups while still containing modern fixtures. The personalized service ensures every guest receives a warm welcome and, amid tropical gardens, visitors can enjoy Hotel Red Canal’s restaurant, spa and swimming pool.
The modern Hotel Yadanarbon located in the city centre, 5 minutes drive to the famous Zegyo Market and very near Mandalay Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill. A great mid-range choice, Hotel Yadanabon has all the basic amenities for a convenient stay such as mini bar, wifi, satellite TV, safety box, and an attached bathroom with shower and bathtub. The hotel also offers a sky bar with an expansive city view.
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
Bagan Thiripyistaya Sanctuary Resort is situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar’s river of history and legend. The resort sprawls over 24 acres of landscaped gardens, which is home to mature tropical trees and flowering plants, as well as native birds and a number of small tame animals. Oriented towards the west, the resort revels in panoramic river views, glorious sunsets and silver moonglow. Overall there is a pervading atmosphere of profound peace, warmth and comfort.
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.
Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples this hotel surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens is a great place to relax thanks to its swimming pool and spa. Fully renovated in early 2013, Bawga Theiddhi’s spacious rooms fuse local style with modern amenities ideal for mid-range travellers.
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.
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.
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.
This cozy guest house is located in a quiet street in Nyaung Shwe and offers nice standard accommodation to all guests. It is the ideal choice for travellers looking for a nice place to stay within quiet atmosphere.PYI Guesthouse is a small property with only 9 rooms that are very spacious and clean. Staff and owners are very attentive and assist their guests in all matters of concern.
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.
Nagapali Bay Villas & Spa
ntimate, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.