Muang La Lodge: "A little piece of paradise"
"Great place - pure luxury a couple of hundred kilometers north of Luang Prabang. The manager could not have done more to make us comfortable - the food is excellent - and if you need more then they can deal with that (if younger them know). It's not cheap - by Lsos standards - but compares very well with other luxury hotels. Breakfast was brilliant - for the Pain au Chocolat they must flythe flour in from France and have a real French oven. Go for it - you deserve it Stayed February 2017, traveled as a couple"
The Hue House: "Possibly best meal in Vietnam"
Came here on our last night in Vietnam. Hidden gem: the restaurant was a bit hard to find. Didn't quite realise it was a rooftop restaurant, the building it is in looks like an office building and there was no signage at the bottom of the building and cafes next door did not know the place either. Anyways, we found it and were incredibly impressed. All dishes were really good, had a mix of noodle and rice dishes and appetisers, lots of flavour, beautiful tastes. If I'd have to call out one dish: rice pancakes w shrimp were fantastic. Possibly the best meal we have had in our fortnight in Vietnam.
"The location is great, the staff is amazing, the rooms are beautiful and the food delicious. We booked a boat trip with a very good driver that although he didn't speak much English, he tailored our trip to avoid those ""shopping houses"" were you feel obliged to buy something. In concluison, Worth the money is you spend!!"
Muang La Lodge is one of a kind--I stayed only two nights, but wish I could have stayed two weeks. The staff are charming and attentive, and have a way of foreseeing your every need. The food is fantastic--particularly the five-course dinners--and the service is top-notch. Highly recommend taking a nice soak (or fifty) in the hot spring, and making the trek to see the local villages in the hills. The rooms are comfortable and wifi is available, but let's be honest: those emails from your horrible boss can wait, and you can binge watch Netflix when you're not in paradise. In short, one of the most positive and relaxing stays I've had in a long time. So treat yourself--we all know you deserve it.
It was like paradise. So beautiful and peaceful. Lovely garden with a wonderful swimming pool. Room is huge with nice decoration and very comfortable. Staff is friendly and helpful. Breakfast is good and included.
The Apsara Rive Droite: "Boutique, lovely and the closest hotel to the heritage area with a pool"
"Mr Han and the team made me feel very welcome and went above and beyond as hosts. The attention to detail in this hotel is wonderful, and it feels like there is a genuine connection with each guest. Lovely breakfast, coffee machine in the room, peaceful location, good wifi, brilliant private balcony in the room, stylish but not frou frou, nice pool and never difficult to get a lounger. There is honestly nothing negative I can think of about my stay here. Thankyou you for having me!"
Tugu Bali: "Aesthetic delights"
"Hotel Tugu is a different hotel than most, and for me - better. Why? I stayed in a suite, more expensive than my custom but I loved the space, the views, the lily pond below and the style of accommodation. The idea of Tugu is that it houses a collection of antique Indonesia art - which I loved - and the hotel itself is designed to be congruent with the art it houses. So you have a place with a quality of history, of character and of class - all at the same time. It is comfortable, the facilities are excellent, I ate extremely well and most noticeably, I was so well looked after by all of the staff there. I would happily return, and that is my best recommendation."
"How to begin? There are six bungalows which sit over the southern part of Inle Lake. Your time spent here will not only give you memories you’ll always remember, but the money is going back into the area to preserve and help it thrive. Inle Heritage is not-for-profit, and they have a vocational training center on site to teach students from around the country about hospitality. It takes about 2 hours from the airport. Roughly an hour by car, another by longboat. I would recommend staying here instead of the northern part of the lake because you’re closer to all of the sightseeing. Don’t worry about the hour boat ride, because you’re sightseeing along the way! Make sure to keep your camera out so you’re able to catch some of the fishermen on your journey south. Take a big breath of the air too, it’s the freshest you’ll ever smell. Once you arrive, there are 6 bungalows. It’s also connected to a restaurant which makes the best food we’ve honestly ever eaten. We fell in love with Burmese food in Yangon and Bagan, but couldn’t believe it could get even better in the Shan State. A lot of tour guides will stop to eat at the restaurant since they have fresh, clean, and of course delicious food. The bungalow is perfect. The inside is clean, simple, and very relaxing. There are so many windows that bring in the freshest breeze all throughout the day. The view from the back is breathtaking and peaceful. I never read that Inle Lake was surrounded by such beautiful mountains, but the views everywhere are unreal and go on as far as the eye can see! The room is spacious, calm, and quiet at night. It’s such a treat to come back from dinner to have turn down service with hot water bottles at the foot of the bed. It’s so cozy! The bathroom area is also very spacious. The shower is big and the water pressure is wonderful. Breakfast was included, and they do not disappoint. You get so much delicious food, even if you’re full you keep eating because you wonder if you’ll ever have a breakfast this good again! Having it brought to your bungalow was something we looked forward to every morning. This was arranged the evening before so you can just wake up to an incredible meal. By the way, the organic food is grown and picked just outside your bungalow! You can’t get any more fresh than that. Also, we are both vegan, so they went above and beyond to accommodate our diet. We always love eating local authentic food when we travel vs. western, so being able to enjoy everything the other guests would also enjoy was perfect! I can't stress enough how their food was the best we've ever eaten in our entire lives! There is also a Burmese cat preservation on site as well. This is a wonderful cause since it’s re-introducing Burmese cats back into Myanmar. All of the cats are well cared for and are such a treat to visit while staying. Please make sure to stop by the gift shop. There are a ton of great gift ideas - especially cat themed. The money helps local artisans, and disadvantaged people in the area. They are constantly working directly with these people to get new items into the shop and help create a business for those less fortunate. Anything extra goes back into the Burmese cat preservation. My Husband and I originally booked 2 nights here for the middle of January 2016. The location and staff blew us away so much that we decided to change our flight and added an additional night. Thant Zin helped us call to cancel our previous flight, found us a new one and booked it for us as well. We couldn’t believe how simple she made it, and how happy she was to help. She honestly made our entire stay one we will always remember. We really appreciate all that she did for us, and so happy that we left as friends! We were continually blown away by the top notch service. Still, after 3 nights we wish we would have stayed much longer. What we loved the most about visiting Myanmar were the people, and everyone there proved it time and time again. Their kindness and willingness to help is above anything we’ve ever experienced. Every little detail was perfect. We felt like they were our family, not staff, during our entire stay. Having stayed at many boutique and top hotels, even a few that have made the TripAdvisor list of best in the world, this topped them all. If only I could put into words the feeling Thahara Inle Heritage gave us. I’m hoping this review will shed light on such a beautiful place. Stayed January 2016, traveled as a couple"
Tugu Bali: "Perfect spot for a romantic and luxurious honeymoon!"
My husband and I booked the honeymoon package for a mid January trip and we had the best time! The hotel is spectacular-- from decor, to the room, to the staff. We stayed in the Dedari suite and I loved how private the room was. The staff was able to accommodate any request and were friendly and welcoming. They were also able to provide us with lots of information on the area, so we were able to find great restaurants and bars in the area. Would definitely return!
Sea Dance Resort: "Where everybody knows your name"
"...and they're always glad you came..." That theme song from the TV show "Cheers" should be this friendly resort's theme song. It seems that the staff always welcomed us by our names like a friend or family member. Great resort with clean, spacious, modern rooms. They really paid attention to details such as providing mosquito swatter, sprays, umbrellas, and unique decors too such as a pond with fishes and frog in the bathroom, fish net baskets as lights in the restaurant Loved the happy hours, buffets, entertainment provided, plunge pool privacy and expansive menu at the restaurant. All great ideas for my club facilities back home. Would definitely come back. Only drawback is the lack of scheduled on site activities and equipment fitness center. They do offer cooking classes but would be nice to have more, such as yoga or Thai cultural classes. The beach was rocky but water is clean and refreshing. Thank you so much to the staff and owner for a memorable stay.