At the Sanctum Inle Resort, arches and cloisters reference the monastic life, opening the doors on a more contemplative experience of travel. The hotel is located Maing Thauk Village, half of which is set on dry land while the other half sits on stilts over the water. The nearest airport is Heho, which is served by flights from Yangon, Nyaung-u, Mandalay, Tachilek and Keng Tung. From Heho, you will drive through quaint villages and scenic hills before reaching Nyaung Shwe. From Nyaung Shwe, you may continue by land or by boat to Maing Thauk Village, where Sanctum Inle Resort is located. With a design that celebrates the fundamentals, that merges the spiritual and the secular, the past and the present, East and West, the hotel is a gateway to one of the Asia’s most fascinating locales. Stay in one of four classes of rooms and suites, eat from menus that span Eurasia and explore the wonders of Inle.
Inspired by the traveler’s quest for change, the rooms at Sanctum Inle Resort celebrate the virtues of a monastic life. Though the design is minimalist, the hotel has integrated all of the modern comforts, from plush beds and air-conditioning, to cable televisions and minibars in each and every room. The Cloister Deluxe offer accommodation in the Main Building and Cluster. The interiors are lofty and bright, and feature natural wood floors and views of the resort’s garden.
At 66 square meters, the Provost Junior Suites deliver views of the lake or the garden. Located in stand-alone villas or in the main building, the villa features a private terrace and elegant timber floors.
A stairway connects the upstairs king bedroom with tiled bath to the downstairs living room and private terrace. Views from the Abbey Suite open to expansive views of the lake. Inside, wooden furnishings, floors and ceiling fans evoke Old World charm. Located on the first floor of the main building, the suite offers 100 square meters of living and sleeping space.
The menu at the Refectory celebrates must-eat standards of the Shan culinary arts, from noodles and soups to fresh garden salads. Indeed, Inle is renowned throughout Myanmar for the quality of its organic fruits and vegetables. The Refectory deepens its exploration of regional fare with mohinga, samosa and a delectable palate of curries from wider Myanmar. The restaurant rounds out its meal-time offerings with a full complement of familiar Western dishes. With a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, the Refectory seats 70 at a breakfast buffet, for lunch and at dinner.
Part-bar, part-lounge and altogether the place to swill a late-day cocktail, the Cloister Bar serves traditional favorites and a wide selection of Myanmar-brewed beers. For wine aficionados, the bar uncorks two premium vintages from Myanmar, each produced under separate German and French management. A short list of international wines cool in the cellars. Cuban and Dominican cigars will lure to smokers to a segregated cigar lounge.
The Chapter House dedicates workspace and Internet connections for those who can’t quite detach, who need a live connection elsewhere, or who need time to bear down on work. Leisure travelers can browse an ever-growing library, and choose from a selection of board games.
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