Buddhist Temples rise out of the vast serene waters of Inle Lake, with floating gardens and water lilies helping to making this one of the most picturesque sights in Myanmar. On the banks you’ll discover local wineries and hand-rolled cigar workshops.
The surrounding area is one of the most sought after places to stay in the region. Sanctum Inle Resort is on an inlet to the east, enjoying lakeside views from its verandah terraces, as the Lake lights up with oranges and reds at sunset.
Exposed timber beams, whitewashed walls and hardwood flooring create a beautiful minimalist feel in the design-led rooms. Large bathtubs perfect for soaking in, and double vanity sinks offer creature comforts, and Burmese artwork and vibrant fabrics add a dash of colour and a reminder of your Asian surroundings. There’s the option of private villa suites, with vaulted ceilings and spacious living quarters. And for the best lake panoramas, the stylish Abbey Suite with its four-poster bed is the place to be.
The region is famed for its culinary arts, which are showcased in the Refectory restaurant with salads and soups created using only the freshest organic fruits and vegetables. Dine on fragrant curries, samosas and mohinga noodle soups made using local produce, or choose from a menu of Western favourites for a taste of home.
At the designer Sanctuary Spa, a menu of natural facials and massage treatments will be sure to revive even the weariest traveller after a day’s explorations. The Cloister Bar serves up fine wines from across the world, alongside local beers and refreshing cocktails, and a range of Dominican and Cuban cigars can be found in the Cigar Lounge.