MYANMAR’S beautiful Inle Lake, the famous water feature in the heart of Shan State, is home to the new Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min.
The 101-room property, which welcomed its first guests on March 5, features 101 rooms including a selection of studios and suites with some of the waterside chambers looking across the lake to the mountains in the distance.
Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is Myanmar’s first Sofitel with the “luxury boutique resort” promising to become a “destination for travellers looking for serenity in Myanmar’s Shan State”.
“We are excited and proud to introduce the first Sofitel in Myanmar with the opening of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min,” says AccorHotel’s Asian COO Patrick Basset.
“As AccorHotel’s sixth hotel in Myanmar, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is setting a new benchmark extending the luxury trend across Myanmar.”The hotel is accessible by car but guests can also arrive by boat to experience the famous Intha rowing where boatmen adopt the traditional one-legged rowing to move their craft around Inle Lake.
The area around the hotel offers a sense of place with floating gardens surrounded by pagodas offering guests a glimpse into the traditional way of life adopted by local communities.
Sofitel Inle Lake is likely to be one of the last new hotels built directly by the water and the resort’s architecture and layout celebrated the region with accents native to the destination incorporated into the decorative features of the rooms.
Traditional Burmese patterns are displayed in every chamber while the use of bamboo, rattan, and silk adding an elegant touch to each retreat.
There are two swimming pools, including an infinity adults-only pond placed above the lake’s water to take in the landscape, and the Sofitel Spa offers guests an indulgent escape after sightseeing.
There is also a selection of bars and restaurants offering dishes celebrating local flavours at mealtime or a place to take in the view at sunset when the sky turns a fiery red.