Inle Princess Resort
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Hidden on the banks of Inle Lake, arrive to this haven on a small boat where the captain paddles with one foot. Access activities from the hotel pier, and enjoy organic local cuisine from 36 peaceful and spacious chalets that face the lake or lagoon.
"Like most of our staff, I grew up on Inle Lake and was raised to embrace Inthar’s rich traditions. Our boutique refuge was created to share the hidden treasures of Inle, its innovative local cuisine, and traditional practices, architecture and artwork amidst a natural landscape. "
After his voyage, Kim grasps the mission that his father had assigned to him—informing contemplative travellers about idyllic locations containing exclusive properties, which unveil a true essence of Asia.
Descending down from the Himalayans, large geese with black stripes across their white heads scour the Burmese plains. They too wish to visit and stay on the edge of a lagoon, where the shadows of the mountains surround Inle Lake. In a place where everything seems to float, one can see the Inle Princess Resort with its all-wooden structures and triangular pointed roofs. Set along the water’s edge, this world of water gleams with water lilies, lush foliage, and small villages perched on stilts. Punctuated by temples and monasteries, which emit deep hues of blue as the day draws to a close, the welcoming Inle Princess Resort and its lake are a veritable oasis of charm.
Facing my veranda make of teak, under the soft hues of golden light from the setting sun, a fisherman casts his nets and then disappears from my sight behind some water hyacinth. Elsewhere, I notice several chalets with wooden terraces that overlook a pond. I spot a jacana taking a brief rest on a lily pad before flying off over the water into the distant horizon. To fully unwind and appreciate the natural beauty here, it is essential sit to and enjoy the spacious rooms adorned with plants, palm trees, bamboo, handmade baskets, iridescent fabrics, and bathrooms decorated with stones.
The moon struggles to compete with the magical lighting inside the restaurant where guests are invited to enjoy a convivial Burmese spiritual Nat setting with other travellers. At the bar, amidst a sea of glowing candles, the tannins of the local wine grown on the slopes of the nearby mountains dance. My host serves me delightful fresh local vegetables as she tells me beautiful ancestral tales from the region. The next day, gracious waitresses with cheeks sprinkled with tanaka paste made from bark and smoothly brushed ebony hair accented with jasmine, propose flavourful dishes prepared with aromatic herbs. The menu features soup with acacia flowers, salad with white flowers, and myriad other colourful dishes.
On market days, ethnic Pa-o beauties donning their traditional black costumes, replete with pink terrycloth towels to cover their hair, further add to the delightful experience. To further enhance the relaxing atmosphere, the Inle Princess Resort has a sumptuous traditional spa. Yoga lessons are also offered in a pavilion that faces water lilies.
Nicolas Bouvier once mused: “Like water, the world traverses you, and for a while, lends you its colours”. Yes, because in this region of water at the Inle Princess Resort, sensations and miracles truly embody the beauty of place.
ACCESSNearest Airport: Heho Domestic Airport (HEH) - 30 km
Nearest Railway: Shwe Nyaung - 7 km
USEFUL INFORMATIONCredit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Total number of rooms: 36
Annual closing: 01 to 30 June
Time zone: (GMT+06:30) Rangoon
CONTACTMagyizin Village, Inle Lake, Shan State 6081 Nyaung Shwe , Myanmar
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Current Temperature22° C
Local Time11:27 am
This resort encourages guests to support Inle’s unique cultural and natural identity by buying locally made arts and crafts, enjoying Inthar cuisine, and learning how to cook it. It also is an active contributor to the Inle Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to preserve the Inle region, and help it to thrive as a place to visit, work, and live.
The foundation offers vocational training for Inle residents, advocates conservation of lake wildlife and is re-introducing Burmese cats to the region. It also works towards environmental solutions like waste and wastewater treatment, monitoring the lake’s water quality, encourages traditional lake architecture, offers exhibition space for local artists, and has a shop selling locally made arts and crafts. The foundation uses the proceeds from the businesses to fund other heritage projects that do not make money. To date, this covers around 60% of current expenses. Private contributions and support make up the rest, and their goal is to be fully self-sufficient by 2020.