Originally built in 1928, the Royal Kalaw Resort was recently restored to its former glory. From the outside, it looks like a stately English country manor. It offers 14 lovely boutique rooms.
- 2:00 p.m. check in
- 12:00 p.m. check out
- Wireless Internet
It takes 90 minutes to get from the resort to Inle Lake. Near the shore, you can see interesting cultural sites like the ancient Kakku Pagodas—the partially restored remains of around 2,500 Shan pagodas. They are set among villages of the Pao people, who are happy to meet visitors. You can take an easy day trip to Pindaya Cave, which is just over an hour away. It’s one of Myanmar’s most interesting religious sites, with thousands of Buddhas inside. Near here you can meet craftsmen that make paper umbrellas. While you’re in Kalaw, you should also make time to see Shwe Oo Min Paya Cave, which has its own collection of Buddha statues.
Each room has its own view of the mountains and its own fireplace, adding to the cozy atmosphere. Antique and modern furnishings blend together to create an eclectic aesthetic. All of the rooms come equipped with minibars, air conditioning, and safety deposit boxes. Make yourself a nice warm beverage at the tea and coffee making station.
There is an on-site restaurant that serves Myanmar, Shan, Chinese, and Western options. Breakfast is included in your stay. If you’d like a Western-style cocktail, head to the hotel bar.
Take a break from your busy itinerary with a visit to the spa’s Jacuzzi and sauna. You can also relax and let the staff handle your laundry. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort. The hotel also offers a phone for international direct dial calls. If you have work to get done, head to the handy business center or the quiet library. There’s also a secretary service.