Each of these luxury villas comes delightfully realised in an authentic, traditional aesthetic; think teakwood ceilings and dark-wood furnishings. It’s all complemented by Jacuzzis along with terraces and verandahs that command views over the gardens, lakes or the temples themselves. There’s even the chance to upgrade for a private swimming pool or the seclusion of your very own island, in the centre of the grounds’ lake.
However, the indulgence doesn’t stop with your room. Amenities range from a superb gym and an expansive pool to an excellent spa – a true Burmese rarity where local remedies are combined with international-standard practices in a re-imagined Indic temple. For some alternative relaxation, there are the local innovations and world-class labels of the bar’s wine cellar.
It’s the ideal end to meals at Aureum’s Xanadu restaurant, where Continental favourites are served alongside local delicacies. Perhaps start with a pumpkin salad before moving on to a creamy risotto, paired with an Italian varietal, of course. However, for a real taste of Myanmar, opt for a daung lann feast. Over a range of indulgent courses you’ll be introduced to flavours that marry Indian heartiness with Southeast Asia’s fragrant cadences as traditional performances backdrop your meal.