Our Top Picks for Places to Stay 

We leave no stone left unturned when researching and inspecting your accommodation.  We’ve made sure that each and every one of the hotels listed below meet our very high standards, meaning you can lie back and enjoy a good nights sleep in the knowledge that you’re well taken care of.  

We’ll make sure that your hotel perfectly matches your travel needs and requirements, so get in touch and let us give you a few recommendations on info@myanmarpolestar.com

Hotel By The Red Canal
(Mandalay)

Situated by the Red Canal, the hotel is minutes from sites such as the famous Mandalay Palace. It boasts tropical greenery and tranquil water features amongst Myanmar's busy and cultural city.

Why We Like
•    One of the only true boutique style properties in Mandalay with just 25 rooms
•    Wonderful furnishings made from local materials such as teak and mother-of-pearl
•    Delicious food served in the restaurant - a real highlight
•    Option to book a room with an outdoor rain shower

Best For
Couples, Culture, Honeymooners
 

Mandalay Hill Resort
(Mandalay)

Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel is centrally located at the foot of Mandalay Hill meaning that rooms offer panoramic views of either the sacred ground of Mandalay Hill or the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. 

Why We Like
•    Kipling's Lounge is one of the most happening bars in town with live music and a good atmosphere
•    All 206 rooms and suites are decorated in warm colours and fitted with modern amenities
•    Make your way to the fabulous spa, located in the hotel grounds, and enjoy a special pampering sessions

Best for
Couples, Families, Business, Culture
 

Yadanarpon Dynasty
(Mandalay)

Yadanarpon Dynasty Hotel is a ten-minute walk from the Mandalay Royal Palace and located in a quieter part of town. The hotel's 58 rooms are decorated in a contemporary style mixed with traditional Burmese touches.

Why We Like
•    Expect lovely finishing touches like traditional Burmese lanterns on the walls with Buddhas on them
•    The tree trunk tables really bring each room to life 
•    No swimming pool, but guests can enjoy dining with the spectacular scenery of the surrounding landscape from the roof terrace

Best For
Couples, Family, Teenagers
 

Amata Resort & Spa
(Ngapali Beach)

Amata Resort & Spa is a one of its kind resort located near the delightful Mya Pyin Village. The resort covers more than five acres of tropical wonderland and guests are luxuriously accommodated in 70 teak, bamboo and cane bungalows and suites.

Why We Like

  • Designed by the state-of-the-art-New York architectural firm, Spine
  • Offers every five star facility that a traveller could wish for
  • The Dwaryawaddy Restaurant specialises in the best Mediterranean and Asian dishes including superbly fresh grilled seafood
  • As far as recreational entertainment goes at Amata, there is a nine hole golf course, fully equipped gym and a tennis court

Best For

Beach, Honeymooners, Adventure, Families

Sandoway Resort
(Ngapali Beach)

​Nestled among the coconut palms on Ngapali Beach, the Sandoway Resort is a traditional style property with stunning ocean views over the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy fabulous service as you relax on this laid back tropical beach.

Why We Like

Superb restaurant specialising in local seafood

Beautiful beach front pool

55 spacious and beautifully designed villas and cottages

A cinema to enjoy if there is a tropical rain shower

Best For

Beach, Adventure, Honeymooners

 

 

 

 

 Amara Mountain Resort
(Kalaw)

Amara Mountain Resort is a colonial boutique hotel located in Kalaw, just an hour and a half away from Inle Lake. It features  ten rooms in two separate buildings and is a great base for a visit to the Green Elephant Camp.

 

Why We Like

  • Colonial boutique hotel in the hill station of Kalaw
  • Perfect base from which to take day treks into the mountains
  • Close to the Green Elephant Camp
  • Beautiful terrace for dinners on warmer evenings

 

Best For

Adventure, Couples, Trekking, Off the beaten track

Malikha Lodge
(Putao)

Malikha Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel located in remote Putao in northern Burma. With just 15 rooms offering stunning views, impeccable design and a host of fantastic activities, Malikha offers the quintessential luxury adventure.

 

Why We Like

  • Luxury off-the-beaten track lodge
  • Close to superb experiences such as trekking, rafting and visiting tribal villages
  • Rooms feature an amazing centrally positioned teak bathtub
  • Excellent food prepared by international chefs

 

Best For

Adventure, Honeymooners, Off the beaten track, Trekking

 

Hsipaw
(Hsipaw)

The region that forms today's Kayin State was part of successive Burmese kingdoms since the formation of the Pagan Empire in mid-11th century. During the 13th to 16th centuries, much of the region belonged to the Hanthawaddy Kingdom while the northern part of the region belonged to Taungoo, which was a vassal state of Ava Kingdom. The region then became part of Taungoo Dynasty and Konbaung Dynasty from 16th to 19th centuries. The British seized the southern third of today's Kayin State (below the Salween River) after the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826), and the rest after the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852.

Towards the end of the British colonial era (1945-1948), the Karen leadership insisted on a separate state covering today's Kayin State and much of Mon State and Taninthayi Region, within the British Empire. They refused to sign the Panglong Agreement of February 1947, which was the basis for the 1947 Constitution of Burma, and boycotted the pre-independence elections of April 1947.[3] Nonetheless, the constitution granted the Karen a state, though with an area less than what the Karen leadership had asked for from the British. The constitution also guaranteed states with the right to secede from the Union after a period of 10 years. (The Panglong Agreement gave only the Shan and the Kachin a state each; the Chin who actually signed the agreement did not receive a state.) The Karen National Union, which dominated the Karen leadership, was not satisfied, and wanted outright independence. In 1949, the KNU raised a rebellion that continues up to today.[4] The KNU celebrates January 31 as 'revolution day', marking the day they went underground at the battle of Insein.

Much of the state has been a battlefield since then. The civilians have taken the brunt of the war. The KNU today forms the world's longest running resistance. The English name of the state was changed to Kayin State from Karen State in 1989 by the military government.

Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort
(Hsipaw)

The Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort is an idyllic eco-resort positioned on the banks of the Dokthawaddy River.  The resort has 20 well appointed bungalows which come with a shower, air conditioning and a river-facing terrace

 

Why We Like

  • Hsipaw is one of Burma's best off-the-beaten track trekking destinations
  • Excellent views over the river
  • Simple yet comfortable rooms with sit-outs
  • Being an eco-resort, environmental impact is kept to a minimum

 

Best For

Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Off the beaten track, Trekking

Hpa-an Lodge
(Hpa-an)

Hpa-An Lodge is a boutique hotel with 18 individual cottages, located at the foot of the dramatic Mount Zwekabin in Burma's southern Karen State. Ideal for those looking to get off the beaten track, it provides a comfortable base for exploring the area.

 

Why We Like

  • Enjoy one of eighteen beautiful cottages all to yourself
  • Close to the base of Mount Zwekabin, providing an inspiring days trek
  • Peaceful, rural feel with stunning views of Mount Zwekabin
  • Ideal for those wishing to get off the beaten track

 

Best For

Adventure, Couples, Culture, Family

Pyin Oo Lwin Hotel
(Pyin Oo Lwin)

Pyin Oo Lwin Hotel contains 36 very large bungalow-style rooms, set in amongst spacious grounds and gardens which help to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.  Guests can make use of the indoor swimming pool and dine at the international restaurant.   

Why We Like
•    A great indoor pool, suitable for all weather conditions
•    Conveniently located, a short walk from all the central attractions
•    All of the rooms are a great size, you won’t be lacking any space
•    Close to the train station for a trip across the Gotyeik Viaduct

Best For
Family, Couples, Adventure

Mrauk U Princes
(Mrauk U)

Mrauk Oo Princess Resort is surrounded by magnificent views of the blue mountain ranges, the Mrauk U River and rice paddy fields.  Containing 21 Village Houses, the hotel also has its own private jetty with access to the river. 

Why We Like
•    The hotel is one of the best kept secrets in Myanmar
•    Enjoy a fabulous cocktail at the Mrauk U Princess Bar
•    Exceptional bathrooms, with his and her sinks, and separate bath and shower
•    Surrounded by magnificent views of the Blue Mountain Ranges

Best For
Culture, Honeymooners, Adventure, Off the beaten track, 

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