“French word : “”Le meilleur endroit pour dormir SUR le lac, et le meilleur restaurant de la région””
We were originally staying 2 nights, but ended but cancelling a night in Nyaung Shwe to spend an additional one at Inle Heritage.
This is hands-down the best hotel (& restaurant) I’ve experienced in Myanmar. It is not the most luxurious, but it’s not the point here. The rooms are beautiful, decorated with taste, eco-friendly. Only 6 bungalows, perfectly maintained, making the place a haven of peace in the evening. It might get busy at lunch and in the afternoon as tourists come to eat and visit the place.
They probably have the best restaurant in lake area, and they also have burmese cats, endemic fish aquariums, cooking classes, homegrown vegetables etc. Basically the place is also a foundation : eco-friendly hotel, burmese cat sanctuary, and a school training students for hotels and restaurants.
A portion of everything you pay here (hotel, restaurant, not sure for the souvenir shop) will go to the foundation.
Breakfast is fantastic : real bread, real croissants, no wonder why all the customers were French :). Restaurant is great as well and serves fine cuisine (Myanmar/Thai style, homemade recipes, and a couple western dishes). Had one of their specialties, some simple fried rice and a so-classic Chicken Sandwich, all 3 were just perfect. Their “”pancakes”” are more like French crepes rather than US pancakes, taste great !
Girlfriend got sick on first day here, and stayed in bed the whole day while I left to visit Indein. The whole staff took care of her, from the cleaning ladies to the Chef preparing a special meal, and the manager checking on her every couple hours. Staff has been fabulous.
The souvenir shop is nice as well, they seem to have superior quality stuff and pretty much everything you’d need. Consider checking it as you might find better stuff than on Inle markets / temple shops.
You may find more luxurious places on Inle, but you will end up in resorts. It will cost more, and there will be 30 or more bungalows which won’t always be in good shape. Honestly, if you want to be ON LAKE, go straight for Inle Heritage, forget about the lake “”resorts””.
It is true there is some noise because of the boats going around (can start early in the morning), but keep in mind this will happen anywhere as long as you’re staying on the lake.
Okay, maybe a swimming-pool would be cool, but that sounds kind of stupid when you’re actually on a lake (would not recommend swimming in the lake though). Maybe if they can make some eco-friendly pool, idea for the future 🙂
We were kind of sad to leave Inle Heritage, I’d honestly would have stayed there for a whole week.
Stayed March 2017, traveled as a couple”