Inle Princess Resort
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Boutique Hotel
Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Inle and accessed by boat, this lovely boutique hotel, is our top pick in Inle Lake. It has 46 rooms in three categories - lake view, private lake view and mountain view - all of which are stylish and smart with sitting areas and outdoor space. There is a lovely bar, and restaurant offering superb views, as well as a pampering spa. The Inle Princess is an ideal base for hiking, boating or bird watching, and has the unique advantage of providing both sunrise and sunset views over the lake. It also enforces a 'quiet zone' meaning no boats are allowed up to the hotel jetty using their engines... great if you want a lie-in!
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Other properties in Inle Lake
Recently opened, this resort is the best option of the properties not based right on the lake. Located in a village on the west bank of the lake, the hotel benefits from being a short walk from local markets and temples. The resort's 53 modern villas are built on a slope which offers unobstructed views of the lake through the beautiful gardens. All villas are very large with air conditioning, a seating area with flat screen TV, a large balcony, an en suite bathroom and a small mezzanine floor with a balcony for panoramic views of Inle Lake. The restaurant serves a good selection of European dishes and delicious Asian cuisine. The experienced GM is planning to renovate the spa this summer, as well as adding a hot spring tub for guests.
Sanctum Inle Resort
Sanctum Inle Resort is located on the eastern bank of Inle Lake in Myanmar. It features a luxurious minimalist style complete with a central courtyard, monastic style arches and views over the lake. The Refectory restaurant serves Burmese dishes with an emphasis on Shan cuisine, using produce from the resort's organic garden. The Cloister Bar is the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink, with a wide range of locally produced beers and wines, as well as a short list of international wines in the cellars. There is also a segregated cigar lounge with a selection of Cuban and Dominican cigars.