Teak floors, old-fashioned Burmese furniture and paintings replicating those found in ancient temples decorate the spacious and airy rooms here. The real thing – temples and paintings both – are just a short walk away from this perfectly situated hotel, which is a haven of tropical foliage and birdsong. The rooms have gorgeous gardens, accessed through sliding glass doors that add to the light and bright feel. The pool is lovely too, large, surrounded by carved elephants and comfortable loungers. Dining takes place poolside, in the luxuriant gardens or in the semi-open main restaurant, with the choice of buffet or a la carte menus spanning Burmese, Asian and European dishes. The poolside bar is the perfect place for a cocktail after a day of touring the incredible temples nearby. Traditional massage treatments and much pampering are available in the hotel’s spa, and round the clock butlers are on hand to organise anything from balloon rides to boat trips.