Myanmar, Lake Inle
Info : Paramount Inle
This hotel on stilts appears to float right in the middle of Inle Lake, surrounded almost completely by the silvery waters. There are, however, lovely tropical gardens at the hotel which add to the natural ambience. When you arrive by boat, you’ll be greeted by thatched bamboo huts with lots of natural light. Inside, you can expect comfortable air-conditioned rooms, an unbeatable lakeside atmosphere and great service standards.
There’s a vibrant floating bazaar in close proximity, and you can visit the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, interact with locals at Nam Pan Village or explore the nearby silk weaving factory. Historical Sagar is a great day trip from the hotel. At the Paramount, you can indulge in a spa treatment, hire a canoe or boat, climb to the top of the Birds Eye Tower to admire the view or relax in the floating garden or Sky Lounge restaurant.
Choose from one of sixteen bright and airy Superior Teak rooms, or book one of the ten spacious Deluxe cottages if you’d like a bit more room to move around. All room choices are beautifully decorated with teak wood furniture (as the name suggests) and feature private terraces overlooking the lake. The furnishings are traditional, harmonious and welcoming.
Access to anything is by long boat which has its pro’s and con’s. Also, be aware that the traffic on the lake itself is quite busy during the day, so if you are sensitive to the constant noise of long boat motors, you may choose to stay somewhere more tranquil. But if you can tolerate a bit of boat traffic, this is a unique and atmospheric option.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
My favourite [guide] was Aung in Mandalay. We only had him for one day, but he was determined to show us as much of Mandalay as possible in the time allotted, was obviously very proud of his city and country and was a pleasure to be with. He even took us to meet his uncle who was the Abbott of one of the many monasteries.