Back at base, rooms combine colonial charm with Burmese flourishes – a fitting response to the country’s unique history. Airy, whitewashed walls frame traditional artworks and dark-wood furnishings, handmade by local artisans. A similar approach can be found across the restaurant’s menus, with recognisable Italian classics accompanied by such Burmese delicacies as tealeaf salad. Additionally, the culinary arts of next-door Thailand and China are showcased in indulgent curries and noodle dishes. And, perhaps following a sunrise tour of Bagan’s lost-city heritage – by balloon or by foot – return to a breakfast buffet where the eggs are made to order and the local fruits just picked.
Otherwise, make use of the hotel’s complimentary bikes or book on to a horse-and-cart tour to explore Bagan’s twisting laneways lined with century-old temple wonders. With much of its Archaeological Zone limited to non-motorised transports, it’s an ideal way to preserve the region’s historic charm. Return each afternoon to relax on the pool’s sun loungers, make use of the hotel’s WiFi to share your latest snaps or unwind with your room’s satellite TV.