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Villa Inle_Resort, Inle Lake

Villa Inle Resort

This small, boutique resort enjoys a truly intimate setting on the quiet eastern shores of Inle Lake and is a peaceful haven away from the bustle of the main lake. Boasting superb views across the lakeside gardens to the main expanse of the lake, this is the perfect spot to relax, take a stroll through the gardens or enjoy a swim in the pool after a day of exploring. When the lake's full, the water can come right up to the edge of the resort, and in the drier months the water level declines to open up the expanse of lakeside fields and floating gardens tended by members of the local community. 

Accommodation is in spacious villas, and the resort is sympathetically designed to keep the impact to the lakeside environment and surrounding communities to a minimum, making it one of the leading options in the area.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Designed to blend in with the lake's natural environment, each of the villas is spacious and tastefully furnished to maintain the resort's harmonious atmosphere. With high wooden ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and king size beds, they create a feeling of luxury and comfort, with each having its own personalised local touches such as local paintings and antiques. Most of the villas are situated on the lakefront with views across the gardens and the main expanse of Inle Lake, while a few are set further back looking out over the natural pond. Air conditioning and other facilities such as TVs, safes, hairdryers and free Wi-Fi access are included, although Wi-Fi is sporadic and tends to be better in the lounge area. Each villa also has its own terrace, where guests can sit back and watch flocks of birds and local fishermen going about their business on the lake.

Please note that the lakeside setting does mean that insects can be plentiful. However, staff will spray your room with insect repellent each evening and mosquito nets are provided.

Location

Just a 30 minute boat ride from the township of Nyaung Shwe, the resort can also be reached by road, making it an easy trip to and from Heho and other areas of Shan State. Villa Inle is located on the eastern fringe of Inle Lake and is therefore in the perfect spot for experiencing the most wonderful sunsets in Myanmar.

Food and drink

The lakeside restaurant serves a selection of Western, Burmese, local Shan and Inthar cuisine, and the chef will serve food from the local vegetable garden where possible. There's also a bar serving a variety of drinks. 

Families

Most villas are spacious enough to accommodate two adults and one child under ten years old on the day bed. Extra beds may be organised at the discretion of the resort and cots are available on request, but subject to availability.

Honeymooners

The resort boasts a wonderful spa, swimming pool with pool bar, a library, a 24 hour front desk and complimentary Wi-Fi. There's daily housekeeping and room service, a laundry service and a resort buggy to transfer your luggage. The resort also has a pool of local trekking guides should you wish to arrange additional excursions.

Facilities and activities

The resort boasts a wonderful spa, swimming pool with pool bar, a library, a 24 hour front desk and complimentary Wi-Fi. There's daily housekeeping and room service, a laundry service and a resort buggy to transfer your luggage. The resort also has a pool of local trekking guides should you wish to arrange additional excursions.

Our opinion

One of the leading boutique options on Inle Lake. The staff are attentive and friendly; making every effort to ensure your stay is comfortable and relaxing. 

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

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      Ann Heritage Lodge

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      This small property resides on the western shore of Inle Lake. The hotel has an excellent restaurant with good views of the lake, as well as boasting a small swimming pool.

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      Golden Island Cottages Thale U

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    • Lake View Hotel, Inle Lake

      Inle Lake View Resort

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      A comfortable hotel ideal for those that like a good standard of home comforts with a great restaurant. It offers 38 guest rooms and suites that are spacious and well-appointed, all benefit from a private balcony with lake views.

    • Pond View room at Inle Princess Resort, Inle Lake

      Inle Princess Resort

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    • Inle Resort, Inle Lake

      Inle Resort

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      Although all rooms are clean and comfortable with modern facilities, our preferred rooms are the Royal Villas, which have uninterrupted lake views, complete with some luxury touches such as a Jacuzzi bath.

    • Sanctum Inle Resort, Inle Lake

      Sanctum Inle Resort

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      The Sanctum Inle Resort has an excellent location on the perimeter of picturesque Inle Lake and is one of the larger hotels in the area.

    • Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort, Inle Lake

      Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort

      Simple

      A simple property with friendly staff, Shwe Inn Tha is located in the southern part of the lake, not far from the famous Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • A leg rower transports his goods on one of the channels to Inle Lake

      Inle Lake Boat Trip

      Inle Lake

      Around Inle Lake there are many small villages which connect to the main lake by means of narrow canals. Once out on the lake you may see the unique leg-rowing fishermen who stand up on their boats to give them a bird's eye view of the fish in the very shallow waters.

    • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake

      Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

      Inle Lake

      Set in and around the stilted villages of Inle Lake the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar.

    • Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)

      Stilted villages of Inle Lake by traditional canoe

      Inle Lake

      Your rower will guide you through the canals, among the stilt houses and floating gardens of the Intha people who live on the lake. The setting sun will provide at atmospheric light for some memorable photos.