What are the top 10 best luxury hotels in Myanmar? Myanmar (sometimes called Burma) has seen a good deal of ethnic violence and civil wars. As such, it can be a challenge to travel there, but if you do so, you will be rewarded by a visit in one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Shwedagon Paya has 27 metric tons of gold leaf and Ananda Pahto is among the most revered of all Bagan temples.
- The Strand Yangon
Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers, famed for the likes of Raffles in Singapore and The E&O in Penang, The Strand (pictured above) remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks.
After a recent refurbishment and refreshment programme, the hotel still remains true to its architectural past. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs all remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting. Local artisans meticulously restored every original architectural detail of The Strand Yangon, from the teak panelling and antique bedsteads of the hotel’s 32 suites, to traditional Myanmar lacquer ware and marble flooring, whilst giving the hotel a complete upgrade and contemporary twist through the latest technology, a refreshed colour palette and subtle decorative details.
This impressive property boasts a swimming pool set amidst a tropical garden; therapy rooms offering a comprehensive treatment menu including a Traditional Myanmar Massage and the Signature Strand Massage, as well as the all-new Fitness Room with state-of-the-art work out equipment.
The Strand Hotel offers guests a variety of dining experiences, whether you join us for a sumptuous breakfast, a light lunch sampling the traditional Tea Leaf Salad from the Strand Cookbook, or even our renowned Strand High Tea at our Strand Café. Try a famed Strand Sour originating at The Strand Hotel in 1968 alongside a selection of cigars at Sarkies Bar to a fine dining experience at The Strand Restaurant guided by our Chef’s numerous travels, sourcing ingredients and recipes that have been used for centuries.
2. Belmond Governor’s Residence
Belmond Governor’s Residence is housed in an elegant teak mansion dating from the 1920’s this beautiful hotel is located in Yangon’s leafy Embassy Quarter, close to the Shwedagon pagoda and other major landmarks. Its extensive gardens, shaded by ancient trees, are set with lotus ponds and a fan-shaped swimming pool.
Spectacular by lantern light at night, they are the perfect place to enjoy the Residence’s renowned Burmese and International cuisine. Relax in the library; enjoy a cocktail in the Kipling Bar; laze on colonial-style armchairs beneath the ceiling fans: this is where the novels of W. Somerset Maugham come to life.
Rooms & Suites Suites are spacious and elegantly furnished, each suite is a luxurious sanctuary in this exotic city. Governor’s Rooms, honour the hotel’s history. Governor’s Rooms combine Burmese tradition with contemporary luxury. Carved teak and sumptuous silks combine to make these spacious rooms both fresh and timeless.
Dine in style and experience the exotic delicacies of Myanmar. The Governor’s Residence offers a range of restaurants and bars to please all tastes. There is also a beautiful swimming pool. And when you’re ready to explore the world outside your door, the opportunities are just as endless. Visit the Botahtaung and Sule Pagodas or the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda. Or pay your respects at the immaculately maintained Han Thar Wa De War Cemetery.
3. Wa Ale Island Resort
Wa Ale Island Resort private island boasts isolation and luxury with beachside safari villas, luxury tree houses all set on a 9,000-acre wildlife reserve on the edge of the Andaman Sea.
he brainchild of Chris and Farina Kingsley, Wa Ale was born out of their love for a country, its people and its unspoiled paradise. Their dream: the first luxury eco-resort to open the doors of Myanmar’s untouched Myeik Archipelago to the world; it is a haute-bohemian utopia that all began with a couple’s spirit of adventure and heart of purpose. Wa Ale, offering the epitome of luxury and comfort without impacting the environment in any way; not a single tree removed.
“Wa Ale is everything that is right in the world, the way exotic resorts should be built, and luxurious wilderness explorations taken.”
4. Sanctum Inle Resort
Sanctum Inle Resort is a resort where detachment is a priority. Where simplicity is the essence of elegance. Where contemplation, not bustle, reigns supreme. At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative experience of travel.
With a design that celebrates the fundamentals, that merges the spiritual and the secular, the past and the present, East and West, the hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales. Stay in one of four classes of rooms and suites; eat from menus that span Eurasia; relax in the remarkable pool overlooking the storied lake, and explore the wonders of Inle. Embrace the quietude cultivated by one of Myanmar’s most ambitious new hotels.
5. The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is located in the most unique Archeological Site of South East Asia, Old Bagan. The Ancient capital of the Burmese Empire.
Surrounded by more than 4000 ancient temples and pagodas, you will be enchanted by its breathtaking views. The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is within 5 minutes walking distance to the spectacular Ananda Temple known as ‘The Jewel of Bagan’.
The hotel offers 84 luxury rooms split into 80 deluxe villa-style rooms and 4 suites. Every room is decorated with teak floors and typical Burmese furniture. Each room with its high ceiling and different hand-painted wall paintings, which are all copies of the original Temple Painting of the Bagan period.
There are two dining choices, one in the Tropical Garden and the semi-open Main Restaurant offering traditional Myanmar food, European and Asian Cuisine. The Swimming pool and garden features a poolside bar to relax next to and where you can enjoy a cool cocktail or drink of your choice
The Spa has Signature Treatments of Myanmar and Thailand. The 24 hours Butler service will arrange for you Transport, Guides, Sightseeing Tours, Airline Reservations, or book a Balloon Ride with their Partner:” Balloons Over Bagan”. The hotel is 15 minutes drive from the Nyaung Oo Airport. We offer Sunset Boat trip with Snacks and Drinks on board to watch the beautiful Sunset along the Ayeyarwaddy as well as Excursions to Mount Popa (Taung Kalat).
6. Hotel By The Red Canal
Hotel by the Red Canal is an oasis by the landmark Red Canal in local folklore, just minutes from the famed Mandalay Palace and other attractions. The Hotel by the Red Canal is a convenient sanctuary, with its lush tropical greenery and calming water features, amidst the hustle and bustle of Myanmar’s cultural city. 25 custom-sized rooms are split into 4 categories uniquely named after and decked in cultural adornments of the 4 major ethnic groups in Myanmar: Chin, Kachin, Rakhine and Shan.
7. The Loft Hotel
The Loft Hotel is peaceful City Boutique Hotel in the very heart of Yangon. Offering 32 luxurious guestrooms and duplex suites with all essential travellers’ comforts, this is where you will leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you.
Ideally located, you are a few steps away from the city’s most prestigious cultural and business addresses. Surrounding this urban sanctuary are remarkable treasures waiting to be discovered, such as the renowned Bogyoke Market, the Yangon City Hall as well as the Sule pagoda and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.
The Loft restaurant ” the Alex’s Gastro Bar & Garden ” are ready to cater to the most discerning visitors and includes a bar-lounge area and garden which has 50 seats and offers an A la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8. Inle Heritage
Inle Heritage Hotel Stilt Houses are built on strong wooden beams and have sweeping views of lush green hills. Inside, you will find deep, luxurious beds, traditional Shan paper and locally woven fabrics.
Each room is built with the earth in mind using teak, hardwood and bamboo. Treat yourself to a solar-powered hot shower and organic toiletries. When you stay, you have a peaceful retreat that supports students and conservation projects. The lodge also has on-site vocational training for students from all over Myanmar to learn the hospitality trade.
9. ViewPoint Lodge
ViewPoint Lodge is located 15 minutes away from Inle Lake by boat and is the best place to stay in the small town of Nyaung Shwe. It offers rooms and cottages with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. This pet-friendly property features a tour desk and massage service. Free public parking is possible on site.
The property is a 25-minute drive to a golf course and a 40-minute drive to Heho Airport as well as a 3-hr drive to Elephant Camp. Each room is equipped with a fan, minibar and safety deposit box. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are included in an en suite bathroom. Guests can enjoy Burmese food at The Shan. French and western cuisines are served at The Lounge which are both part of the hotel.
10. Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is located on the riverside location. The rooms are dated but pool is great, as are the sunset views over the river. Rooms come with a TV, refrigerator and seating area. Shower facilities are included in an en suite bathroom. Some rooms have a flat-screen TV. Guests can also enjoy Asian European cuisines at Venandah Grill.