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.
Our guides in Yangon, Bagan, and Kalaw / Lake Inle were wonderful. They struck the right balance of explaining the history and importance of the sights we were seeing without over-doing it, they knew where to get the best view/experience at what time and could rearrange experiences so we got the most out of them. A standout was our guide in Kalaw / trek / Lake Inle. He was as keen to learn from us as he was to teach us, he bent over backwards to make sure we were happy and comfortable, and he was just plain fun too!