Villa Inle Resort & Spa, Lake Inle Myanmar, Lake Inle
Located close to the eastern shores of Lake Inle, Villa Inle Resort & Spa boasts some of the best hotel rooms in the region. The villas are spacious with beautiful boutique design, featuring teak floors and splashes of Burmese art and cultural relics. Throne-like beds are very comfortable with crisp, white sheets and mosquito nets dramatically draped overhead. The restaurant serves delicious food, there is a lovely lawn where you can enjoy a sunset cocktail and the spa offers fantastic massages.
Every villa has a private balcony and most look out onto beautiful rural vistas of rice fields and green marshes with water buffalo. In the distance you can see the placid waters of Inle Lake. Whilst the villas are on stilts, they are not in fact over the lake. This means you can still enjoy the stunning views of one-leg fisherman and markets floating idly by, but are far away enough from the water to not be disturbed by the sound of motorboats. Staff are all employed locally to encourage sustainability and work opportunities for locals, and whilst that means service standards are not of the highest international standards, the greeting is still very warm at this beautiful hotel at Inle Lake.
Last visited by Nick Clark in July 2013.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
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[Our cruise] was excellent in every way and we had a memorable holiday. Terry our guide made the trip for us. I couldn't recommend [it] more highly, perfect in every way. Loved the informality of it all and the evening cocktails were delicious. Trips ashore clambering up the banks of the Irrawaddy into little villages were quite delightful and locals fascinated by us. Excellent mixed itinerary organised by our guide which took in all aspects of life.