Burma (Myanmar) Luxury Holidays

Quick! The longer you leave it the more it will change. And right now, Burma (or more correctly, now known as Myanmar) is an absolute must-see destination, an overflowing treasure trove of natural beauty, culture and history.

On a Myanmar holiday with Yonder, you’ll discover a land of rich diversity. There is enough history and culture to keep you enthralled for years. In the cities, there is a wealthy urban elite but everywhere else in this essentially rural nation, you will encounter stoic peasants tilling the fields. There are high mountains and plateaus with rolling pastures and densely forested hillsides. There are fertile lowlands producing vegetables and fruits in abundance. There are mighty rivers and dry arid plains.

The cities and forests are peppered with gilded pagodas.

And on a holiday in Burma with Yonder you’ll find picture-perfect beaches and archipelago islands that even some of the most dedicated travellers don’t know exist.

As Rudyard Kipling wrote in his Letters From The East at the height of British colonialism: ‘This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.’

On our Myanmar Burma travels, we’ve climbed the narrow staircases of the temples of Bagan to catch the sun as it sets over the ancient spires and the mighty Irrawaddy river beyond. We’ve trekked in the cool mountains above magical Inle Lake where the Intha people dwell in stilt houses, and we’ve embraced the pleasures of the simple life, staying overnight in remote but hospitable monasteries amid majestic scenery.

Yonder’s luxury hotels in Myanmar

We’ve  been pioneers (or very willing guinea pigs depending on how you look at it) for some exceptional new hotels in Myanmar. . Whilst the more superlative extremes of Western hotel luxury are in short supply for Myanmar holidays, unique experiences are offered in abundance.  If you want to explore the emerging Myanmar boutique hotel scene, we have journeyed far and wide on our Burma travels to find worthy candidates.  And it’s these Myanmar hotel adventures make Burma holidays true Yonder territory.

There is still a sense of the old Orient about a Myanmar tour. Mobile phones remain a novelty in some corners and few people own cars. Rickshaws are still an everyday form of transport and many of the 100 different ethnic peoples continue to wear their traditional dress (and not just for tourists).

In 2015 Myanmar voted in its first democratically elected government in over half a century. ‘The Lady’, Aung San Suu Kyi, has achieved saint-like status. Sanctions have been dropped and the world is eager to do business here. Large areas of the country once off-limits can now be freely visited.

Exiles are returning. Energy, hope and expectation hang in the air.

On your Burma holiday with Yonder, Prepare yourselves for dazzling gold pagodas, floating villages, cave temples, the world’s biggest book, saffron robed monks and pristine white sandy beaches lined with swaying palms that would shame the most clichéd travel brochure. A Myanmar holiday is one hot ticket.

Start planning your luxury holiday to Burma

Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves

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Amara Ocean Resort

Amara Ocean, located down a bumpy road on the northern stretch of Ngapali beach, is the embodiment of a castaway experience in Burma. A collection of 24 thoughtfully created teak bungalows, nestled amongst the palms on the edge of the stunning beach.

Sandoway Resort

Sandoway Resort is a long-standing Yonder favourite. It occupies a fabulous location in the middle of Ngapali Beach, Myanmar, and delivers consistently time after time.

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is a charming hotel with a superb location in Old Bagan, Myanmar, situated next to the imposing Tharabar Gate, one of the main entrances to Old Bagan, and opposite the Ananda Temple, one of the most iconic monuments.

Bagan Lodge

Newly-built Bagan Lodge is probably the leading light of the Bagan hotel scene. One of the lovely things about the hotel is that the concept is for it to blend in with the surrounding countryside. The rooms all have canvas roofs and the buildings are painted in a muted brown.

The Road To Mandalay

What could be more evocative than boarding a river cruiser on Myanmar’s mighty Irrawaddy named The Road To Mandalay? And when you hear that it is a Belmond (formerly The Orient Express) river cruiser you'll know what perfection awaits.

The Strand Cruise

The Strand Cruise is the new kid on the block on Myanmar’s mighty Irrawaddy river. Launched in early 2016 with a single superbly appointed boat, the Myanmar Strand Cruise is unquestionably brilliant.

Aureum Palace Pyin Oo Lwin

The Aureum Palace is really the only hotel in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar. As we’ve remarked elsewhere, all hotels within this Burmese-owned chain are idiosyncratic in style. But at least you know what you are going to get: generally reliable service, clean rooms and broadly decent food.

Red Canal

The Red Canal in Mandalay conjures visions of a waterway threading its crimson hue through this fabled city. In reality, the Red Canal is unremarkable. But the same cannot be said of the little hotel that borrows its name, which is extremely charming and friendly.

Rupar Mandalar

The hotel jewel in Mandalay’s dazzling crown, the Rupar Mandalar Hotel is by far and away the best in Mandalay, Myanmar. Not only is it conceptually the most carefully considered, but the detail with which it operates is unsurpassed in the city.

Mandalay Hill Resort

The Mandalay Hill Resort in Myanmar is big, brash and very reliable. Whilst we generally avoid referring to the defunct hotel star rating system, the Mandalay Hill Resort would sit very solidly on four-star ground.

The Sanctum

The Sanctum Inle Resort is a Yonder hot pick. This is a hotel that offers an experience like no other on Inle Lake, Myanmar. Designed to inspire contemplation through conceptual overtones of a European monastery with cloisters, Spanish arches and beamed ceilings.

Novotel Inle Lake

This place is different to the rest at Inle Lake. Why? Because it’s massive and made of concrete. All the ingredients of a classic Novotel. And that makes it a breath of fresh air for those tiring of the vernacular architecture of thatched roofs and ubiquitous teak.

Aureum Palace Inle

You’ll arrive at the Aureum Palace Inle to water features, statues, huge columns and a heavily teak-lined open reception. From here, the hotel cascades down towards the lake shore, occupying as it does a lovely lake-front setting with a huge pool overlooking the water.

Inle Princess Resort

Inle Princess welcomes guests back time and time again. Renowned for its excellent staff, quality food and its beautiful location, it is one of the best on Inle Lake. Its location, with its own private canal entrance, is simply magical. It’s an enclave of tranquillity.

Royal Kalaw Hills Resort

Surreal as it may sound, the hill country of Myanmar is just the place to enjoy a stay in a charming English guest house, complete with mock Tudor details. You can almost imagine Hyacinth Bucket twitching the curtains here.

Amara Hill Resort

Set high in the cool hills above the town of Kalaw, the Amara Hill Resort is a charming hotel and the number one overnight spot in town. Spacious rooms liberally endowed with Burmese teak and a huge four-poster bed along with a decent modern ensuite.

The Strand

The Strand hotel is Grand Dame of Yangon, Burma. We have a real soft spot for her. And yet again, she was the brainchild of our faithful old chums the entrepreneurial Sarkies brothers (remember them from Singapore and Penang?).

The Governor’s Residence

Without doubt, the hotel to experience in Rangoon. This is an early 20th Century colonial mansion, in fact the former home of the governor of the southern states of Myanmar, which has been restored to create a 49-bedroom hotel of unparalleled luxury.

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