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5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar

We believe these are 5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar, they are each in strategic locations allowing you to create the perfect itinerary to explore this Southeast Asian country that has so much to offer. Sule Shangri-La Yangon Start your trip by flying into Yangon which was the capital of Myanmar until 2006, and make a reservation at Sule Shangri-La Yangon which has a central location and is within easy access of all tourist attractions, including Shwedagon pagoda which is sure to be part of your plans. With 474 well appointed rooms and suites this 5 star hotel is a firm favourite for leisure and business travellers alike, the Horizon Club rooms include access to the Horizon Club lounge where you can enjoy complimentary evening cocktails and canapés and benefit from late check out and personal concierge service during your stay. All guests can enjoy the fitness centre and outdoor pool which provides the perfect place to relax after a long day exploring this vibrant city; breakfast is served daily at ‘Cafe Sule’ and don’t forget to make a reservation at their signature restaurant, ‘Summer Palace’ where vegetarian and vegan guest will be pleased to know there is an all vegetarian menu available. Sanctum Inle Resort A short flight from Yangon will see you arrive at Heho airport which serves Inle Lake and the surrounding area, when deciding where to stay you should look no further than the simply wonderful Sanctum Inle Resort where the hardest decision you will have to make is whether you should ever leave this delightful property. The resort is located adjacent to Inle Lake with far reaching sunset views from the beautiful swimming pool and many of the beautifully appointed rooms and suites; designed in a monastic style and claiming that “simplicity is the essence of elegance and contemplation” this is certainly the place to gather your thoughts and savour in the breathtaking surroundings. Guests dining at ‘The Refectory’ are in for a culinary treat with dishes that respect the Shan culture using traditional recipes and ingredients, many of which come from the on site organic vegetable garden, the menu also features a selection of Western favourties and a number of vegetarian dishes, an all vegan menu can be created upon request and comes highly recommended by us. Hilton Mandalay Next stop on your Myanmar adventure is Mandalay which is the former royal capital in the north of the country and located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the brand new (opened March 2018) Hilton Mandalay is a great city center option overlooking the majestic Royal Palace. Guests can choose from a selection of modern and stylish rooms and suites including executive rooms with executive lounge access; leisure facilities include a huge outdoor pool, adjacent fitness centre and complimentary bicycles for exploring the city. Dining options include ‘Cafe Mandalay’, for breakfast and all day dining, the ‘Lobby Lounge’ for drinks and snacks and in the evening why not head to ‘Moat’ and enjoy live music, a glass of wine and choose from the extensive menu of local, Asian and Western cuisine. Bagan Lodge No trip to Myanmar would be complete withour visiting Bagan to explore the remarkable temples and pagodas that it is famous for, Bagan Lodge which is situated in New Bagan offers guests a great option as a base for their time in the area. This tented resort is an oasis of calm boasting 2 swimming pools and beautifully manicured gardens, the spacious rooms and suites are very well appointed with supremely comfortable beds which are more than welcome having spent all day ‘temple hopping’. There are over 2,000 holy sites and Buddhist monuments remaining, however between the 11th and 13th centuries there were in excess of 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries forming part of this ancient city, the scale of this vast and varied historic site is simply mind blowing and has to be seen to be believed. Eskala Resort Ngwe Saung The perfect way to end your trip to Myanmar is to head to the coast and we chose to visit Ngwe Saung where we stayed at Eskala Resort Ngwe Saung which is located right on the wide, sweeping and deserted beach. Rooms and suites, many of which boast sea views and a huge, inviting swimming pool create the perfect location to chill out at the end of your Myanmar adventure; expect friendly and welcoming staff to ensure your stay is memorable and end each day with a cocktail whilst watching the sunset over the Bay of Bengal. Breakfast and all day dining can be enjoyed at ‘Brizo Restaurant’ but for that unique dining experience make a reservation at ‘The Village House’ where the chef and his team have created a “nutritionally balanced menu of authentic Rakhine food”, our delicious vegan meal was served ‘family style’ with a selection of sharing platters for us to enjoy using ingredients from the adjacent organic garden. We loved Myanmar and will be sure to return, we hope our 5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar helps you to plan your trip and decide where to stay when you visit this enchanting country. Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Food Quest. Vegan Food Quest have become luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Paul Eyers

Paul Eyers is co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who write about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events and some of the finest golf courses throughout the region.

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  1. Paul, really love your hotel series of articles on Southeast Asia. The place you stay can totally make or break a trip! Myanmar is so underrated, but definitely one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you Derek for your kind comment! You are right about choosing a good hotel and also correct regarding Myanmar, it was our first visit and we’re already planning a return…

  2. I love reading these articles. Very informative, I’ve now added Myanmar to my travel list.

    1. HI Laura,
      Thanks for commenting!
      I would say that adding Myanmar to your travel list is a very wise move, it was an amazing trip and we can’t wait to return!

  3. I’ve never been to Myanmar but would love to go and these hotels look amazing!

    Which one was your favourite?


    1. HI Robert,
      Thank you for your comment…

      Very hard to decide our favourite hotel but it would be Sanctum Inle Resort due to a combination of many things.

      The property is truly wonderful, the vegan food was tasty and creative but the real deciding factor would be the beautiful and peaceful location.


  4. The locations you visited exactly match what I would have in mind for a trip to Myanmar, which has been on my ‘wish list’ for some time. The five hotels you write about all sound different, but equally amazing. Having such in-depth reviews would certainly make it so much easier to decide on the best places to stay. In particular, your focus on vegan friendly options, is so important in advance of making any reservations.
    Many thanks for your thorough research, your descriptions – which bring the places alive, and, not least, your great pictures.

  5. We were so fortunate to experience 5 varied hotels and resorts on our recent trip and they were all special in their own way. This certainly made writing about them easier for sure and the real bonus was of course lots of ytasty vegan food which we will be sure to write about in more details on our blog.

    Thank you for your support, the comments we receive make it all worth while as it let’s us realise that people are interested in finding vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts on theri travels!

    1. Thank you Ashwani!

      I must say, being based in the region was a dream of mine for many years so for it now to come true and be able to explore these amazing countries whilst eating delicious vegan food and visiting some stunning luxury hotels and resorts is just perfect :)


  6. We totally agree with all your comments, Myanmar is a hidden treasure that i’m sure is soon to be discovered by many a tourist. Surprisingly we had no struggles obtaining vegan food and what delicious food it was.
    Our particular favourite hotel was the Eskala Resort in Ngwe Saung, the Hotel opened out on to the most beautiful deserted beach, where the friendliest locals strolled up and down.
    Myanmar is well worth a second trip, possibly our best holiday, highlighted travelling during the Water Festival?

    1. Many thanks for your comment Neil and Charlotte!

      Eskala Resort was wonderful and the beach location is perfect, it would be hard for us to choose a favourite as we feel they all offered something slightly different which was exactly what we planned with this trip.

      Cant wait to return to Myanmar and continue our adventure…


  7. Paul, I really fall in love with the way you presented the top hotels to stay in Myanmar. Tourists who are looking for a luxury accommodation option for traveling, this article is a must read.

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