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Sanctum Inle Resort

"Hotel sits right at the edge of Inle Lake so we got a fantastic view."

Belinda - March 29, 2018
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Sanctum Inle Resort

Maing Thauk Village, Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State, Myanmar, Eastern Inle Lake, Inle Lake, Myanmar, 959985 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
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Popular landmarks
Bawrithat Pagoda 6.2 km
Yadanar Manaung Pagoda 7.0 km
Golden Cave Monastery 7.0 km
Mingalar Market 7.4 km
Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery 9.8 km
Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery 10.2 km
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda 14.7 km
Indein Village 18.5 km
Hpaung Daw U Pagoda 19.4 km
Nearby landmarks
Maing Thouk Village 1.7 km
Maing Thauk Bridge 1.8 km
Inle Lake 4.8 km
Red Mountain Estate Vineyards & Winery 4.8 km
Nice and easy hiking trail with good views over the lake and valley. 5.1 km
Inle horse club 5.8 km
Lavender - SPA & Beauty Center 6.1 km
Market and Bistro 6.1 km
Bawrithat Pagoda 6.2 km
Bamboo Delight Cooking School 6.6 km

9.2

Exceptional

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ParkingFREE
Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Massage
Spa
Workout and Leisure
Fitness center
Swimming pool [indoor]
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  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Currency exchange

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

Value for money9.2
Distance to city center11 km
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportHeho Airport (HEH)
Distance to airport22.6 km

Rooms available at Sanctum Inle Resort

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Room comfort & quality
9.6
Deluxe Room
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Garden view
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Junior Suite
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  • Room size: 66 m²/710 ft²
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  • Room size: 100 m²/1076 ft²
  • Lake view
  • 1 double bed
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          Frequently asked questions

          What time is check-in and check-out at Sanctum Inle Resort?

          Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

          How do I get to Sanctum Inle Resort?

          Sanctum Inle Resort is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 52000 MMK. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the resort know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Sanctum Inle Resort has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the resort. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Inle Lake with private transportation, the resort can arrange both taxis or car rental.

          Is breakfast offered at Sanctum Inle Resort?

          Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at Sanctum Inle Resort.

          What are my dining options at Sanctum Inle Resort?

          Sanctum Inle Resort features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

          What is the smoking policy at Sanctum Inle Resort?

          Sanctum Inle Resort does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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          What people love about Sanctum Inle Resort

          • 10.0

            Exceptional
            Staff 

            "Nice place nice people great service - happy days!"

            Thierry

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            December 29, 2018

          • 10.0

            Exceptional

            "The rooms in the small cottages are truly AMAZING."

            Ann

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            October 24, 2019

          • 8.8

            Excellent

            "The rooms are beautiful, with luxe details."

            Jenny

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            June 24, 2018

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          Overall rating:

          9.4

          Exceptional
          163 reviews
          Cleanliness
          9.8
          Facilities
          9.5
          Location
          9.2
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          More about Sanctum Inle Resort

          Well-positioned in Eastern Inle Lake, Sanctum Inle Resort is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Inle Lake. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

          Sanctum Inle Resort offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. A selection of top-class facilities such as 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, fireplace can be enjoyed at the hotel.

          Guests can choose from 96 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the fitness center, outdoor pool, spa, massage, garden. Sanctum Inle Resort is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Inle Lake.

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          7 mentions

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          Swimming Pool

          6 mentions

          View

          3 mentions

          What they offer

          8.4

          Excellent
          Staff 

          "Very serene and well kept place with great hospitality."

          Saw

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          May 9, 2018

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          Reviews of Sanctum Inle Resort from real guests

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          Exceptional
          Cleanliness9.8
          Facilities9.5
          Location9.2
          Room comfort and quality9.6
          Service9.7
          Value for money9.2
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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Ian from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

          Serene, tranquil, relaxing - a great resort”

          By any standard, Sanctum Inle delivers an excellent experience from the meet, greet and transfer at the airport, the welcome on arrival and buggy transfer to the room and through the whole stay. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the resort which is only 2 years old. It exceeded our expectations, which are quite high. Our room was at the far end of the resort on the top floor with a balcony providing excellent views across the lake including great sunsets. The room was excellently appointed and spacious with good lighting which is often a weakness of hotel rooms. The food at breakfast and for evening meals was excellent - fresh, well presented and well cooked but the menu could be a bit restrictive for a longer stay. The infinity pool is a good size and great for relaxation. The highlight was undoubtedly the boat trip around the lake - we were circumspect abut floating markets thinking we had 'been there , done that' elsewhere in Asia. Inle Lake is different - we chose a half day tour and covered a lot of villages and crafts - silversmiths, cigar making, lotus weaving, boat making, umbrella making, as well as the inevitable monastery and pagoda. It was relaxing, there were no hard sells and the whole trip was memorable and a real pleasure.. Our boatman was excellent and took great care of us. You could probably find a cheaper boat trip from the nearby village but I am not confident that you would receive such an excellent experience - USD25 total, not per person, was brilliant value. If we had stayed longer we would likely have eaten more in the nearby village, where there are some good basic restaurants - e.g. the Inle Palace restaurant (bright green and yellow painted bamboo structure) halfway across the wooden bridge in the village. Overall, the staff were exceptionally attentive, friendly and helpful; the one exception was the GM of the Hotel who seemed disinclined to engage - which was surprising as the foundation for such a great se

          Reviewed November 11, 2017

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          David from Australia
          Couple
          Junior Suite
          Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

          Affordable luxury on Inle Lake”

          Location, service, comfort

          This is a brand new resort on the banks of Inle Lake, virtually next door to the Novatel. It is so new that some rooms are still being completed but work is completed on the main centre and the villa rooms. The design concept is around the simplicity of monastic life but I think few monks enjoyed so much comfort. On arrival we were greeted by the reception staff and the General Manager. We found the staff to be pleasant, helpful and courteous at all times. Our room was a "junior provost suite" and it was huge, had lake views, waterfall shower and all the comforts of home and then more. WiFi works very well throughout the resort. At first there were two large single beds in the room not the King size double bed that we requested on booking, but during the short time we went for a walk around the grounds the bed had been changed. Breakfast and other meals are taken in the Refectory or on the timber balconies outside. Breakfast had the full range of Western or local choices and was cooked to order. Dinner also has many choices; we opted for the local Shan food which was excellent. The reception staff arranged us a boat trip on the lake, an absolute "must-do" if staying at Inle. It seems to me that this resort is offering some excellent accommodation deals as it seeks to be established. Our stay was certainly value for money and most luxurious

          Reviewed October 29, 2015

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          9.2
          Exceptional
          Juditha from United States
          Group
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in November 2016

          A true Sanctuary on the lake”

          Based on the design of a Spanish monastery, the Sanctum Inle Resort is located right on the lnle Lake but set back in its own private inlet - so it's away from the noise of the motor boats on the lake at all hours. The grounds are lovely and well-manicured. The rooms are huge, with absolutely 5-star decor and amenities, and each room has its own private balcony. The morning buffet breakfast was extensive and high quality, with freshest foods. The dinner menu was also excellent, with a nice selection of international and local fare. The one criticism I have is of the spa, which seemed like it was tacked on later as an afterthought, and not run at a 5-star standard. The massage itself was good, but the facility was small and awkward, and the music selection odd, so it was hard to really relax. That being said, the overall experience was amazing.

          Reviewed November 29, 2016

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Adrian from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

          What a wonderful place”

          We travelled into the Inle area, like most people I guess, for the first time and didn't know what to expect. Myanmar is so diverse but we thought that Inle would be the most 'touristy'. The hotel is a few miles down the lake from Naungshwe. There are a few big hotels and developments along this stretch of road plus some nice houses, businesses, farms etc. My initial thoughts were that it was too big and looked like the condos you see everywhere on Spain's Costas. I was wrong though. The Sanctum Hotel is new and designed by a European. The GM, Philippe, is a very experienced, well travelled hotelier. Why was I wrong...well it is exquisitely designed with the theme of a monastery. The least austere monastery since Henry VIII took to raiding their coffers! Everything down to the cups and saucers works (looks/feel/function). Hats off to the designer; and construction team who completed the job. However to me a hotel is more than bricks and linen. It is primarily how well the staff do their job, and customer handling in particular. The Burmese are in the main very, very welcoming. Philippe has taken this and added efficiency and style. I could not fault one thing they did for us. I loved every second I was there. If the Myanmar tourist industry needs a playbook to follow, talk to Philippe. I look forward to hearing more about the boutique hotel they are planning for Yangon

          Reviewed April 24, 2017

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Ellaine from Philippines
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 1 night in February 2016

          You'll never go wrong with this hotel!”

          Everything is amazing here!

          Among all the hotels that I've stayed in - this certainly is on the top of my list. It's a new hotel located in one of the best location in Inle. They have their own jetty and you can do your tour hassle free. For our Myanmar trip - we did Yangon - Bagan - Inle and we feel that it was a perfect ender to our trip. Everything here was spot on. Great great room size. We booked a Deluxe room but was upgraded to the Villa which is super amazing! Deluxe is already great and so you can just imagine how happy we were with their Villa. Room decor, color choices are superb. Coffee maker, bath tub, super comfy sofa are extra extra perks! Restaurant is amazing - overlooking the lake. Super romantic. They have a bar too inside the resto which is cozy. Food is nice - I specially love the fresh veggies and fresh bread served every meal. The best thing that I love here is their staff. Everyone was super friendly and always on their best attitude. My boyfriend left his ipad and money inside the bus that we took from Bagan to Inle - the hotel staff quickly tried their best to call the bus company - they went above and beyond to recover it - arranged a boat to take us to the place and then proceed with the tour. Impressive!!! The Hotel Manager is impressive too - looks very involved and certainly knows what to do - He checks each guests personally - chats with everyone. This is like a 7 star hotel ;) Perfect in every way. I will certainly be back. It'll be great for a honeymoon!

          Reviewed February 14, 2016

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Albert from Spain
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

          Wonderfull”

          Amazing stay in Sanctum Inle. Hotel creates a wonderfull and relaxing enviroment, perfect for relaxing and with a great location to explore the lake. Boat tours depart from the same hotel (price was not overcharged). Pool is just amazing, as well as restaurant & Spa. However, what makes the real difference is the staff, starting from the Operationals Manager and ending at any single member of the staff. They made our stay there magic. Will defenitly come back to this Hotel in our next stay in Inle. Highly recomended.

          Reviewed September 02, 2018

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          8.3
          Excellent
          CHRISTIAN from Germany
          Solo traveler
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in December 2015

          A brand new luxurious estate right at the lake”

          the rooms where in a fantastic condition, the breakfast was rich and super fresh, the Spa and estate - a pure relaxing atmosphere

          Fantastic. definitely would go there again - best address at Lake inle. Super quite, brand new estate. Having spoken to other travellers that stayed that Inle Resort on the water etc. but when they visited us in our hotel they where absolutely whowed by the luxurious and fresh, new chique and high quality rooms and facilities the Sanctum had. (They somewhat complained on the noise they have from the Lake traffic) which we absolutely didn't have in the Sanctum. IF you are looking for a relaxed and Spa atmosphere at this beautiful lake - Sanctum is the place to check in. As we traveled a lot through myanmar with many hotels in various good hotels, Sanctum also had for local standards the best staff performance. very service oriented and focused on making the stay an unforgettable experience. And this all for an outstanding Value for Money!!

          Reviewed January 03, 2016

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Ian from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

          A beautiful place to stay”

          We had heard about the hotel from friends. We have been to Inle 4 times before and stayed in a number of hotels, both on the lake and on the shore. This hotel is beautiful and is the best that we have stayed in so far at Inle. The rooms are immaculate, well designed and perfectly equipped, with such comfortable beds. The location is perfect, on the shore, but overlooking the lake and bikes are available to use for free, to explore the local area. The staff are particularly good, with a level of discreet service - not too much, not too little. The restaurant and bar have a particularly cosy feel and the food is of a high standard. Breakfast was very good, with plenty of fresh food, egg and pancake station, fruits, good fresh bread, yoghurts and meats. It would have been nice to see other fresh juices (only freshly squeezed orange provided - but very good standard) and also a local Shan or Myanmar breakfast dish option too. We are in Shan State, so this would have been nice to try. There is a great pool overlooking the lake, with plenty of high quality sun loungers. A great place to swim and watch the sunset. We will be back in the rainy season for some rest and relaxation! Thank you

          Reviewed January 18, 2017

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          9.7
          Exceptional
          Jennifer from Canada
          Group
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in December 2015

          Amazing Stay at Inle Lake.”

          Fantastic service, Amazing food, Great room.

          It was such a bliss. The staff at the Sanctum Inle Resort were so attentive and friendly. They really tried to do everything within their power to make their guests feel welcomed and also did everything they could to assist you with your needs. Due to the location of the Sanctum (not super close to the city-centre), I chose to eat at the hotel for 3 days. The food wasn't "cheap" by local standards but it was totally do-able. The quality of the food was impeccable. I'd have to say, their breakfast is AMAZING. The only thing that was iffy the whole time we were there was the Internet. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

          Reviewed January 10, 2016

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          David from Canada
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

          Wow”

          Inle lake is a must if you are visiting Myanmar and the Sanctum resort is the best and most beautiful place to stay. We had three nights and enjoyed a boat tour of the lake, a bicycle (complimentary) through town. While we ate at the resort restaurant we also found a little spot just a little drive away called the "Bamboo Hut" that had a great evening meal

          Reviewed January 19, 2018

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Zachary from United States
          Solo traveler
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 1 night in May 2017

          Perfectly Named”

          I came to Inle Lake searching for some solitude. Sanctum provided this perfectly. I truly didn't want to leave. The breakfast was delicious! The service was above and beyond! The room was wonderful! The grounds were lovely to explore! The staff were amenable to an (extremely) early check in and cared about my wellbeing far beyond the norm. Truly a wonderful experience. Acknowledging the cost, I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to treat themselves. It was perfect.

          Reviewed May 09, 2017

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Jordi from Spain
          Group
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

          Fantastic!”

          Excellent hotel and location with warm people and excellent magement team. We had an outstanding stay and experience inle lake magic to its max with the help of all the good recommendations of the hotel. The spa service is highly recommendable, very professional and with excellent infrastructure. We wish them the best on its grand opening and hope to visit sanctum very soon to try new wines and dishes!

          Reviewed August 11, 2016

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          9.7
          Exceptional
          kyungah from South Korea
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 1 night in December 2015

          perfect choice for my utmost comfortavle stay!”

          service with hospitality, cleaness and view!

          it was just amazing. i would say it is rating 10 out of 10! you will never regret to choose this resort when it comes to staying at the lake side view 5 starred resort with amazing dining and service. it is right beside of inle lake so very comfortably approchable to there while it is a bit far from nuang shew the city. but given that hotel gives you a complimentory bike which is very great one to get there, it was great too. everything in hotel is just brand new and people from there are really nice and kind. wont forget this stay!

          Reviewed December 14, 2015

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Karl-Heinz from Germany
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

          Again a wonderful stay”

          After staying there in 2017 we visited Sanctum Inle Resort together with friends again and our expectations were again fully full filled. The stuff is well organized, friendly and the Hotel is a perfect place for enjoying the lake. We will come back!

          Reviewed January 11, 2020

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Tristan from United Kingdom
          Solo traveler
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

          Stunning hotel ”

          This is the second time I stayed at the Sanctum. It has the best customer service of any high end hotel I have stayed or worked in Myanmar. The place is exceptionally clean and well finished. The staff are friendly and attentive. The hotel is also set on the shore of the stunning Inle Lake with a great view from the hotel or poolside.

          Reviewed December 16, 2017

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Ann from United States
          Couple
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 3 nights in October 2019

          We literally giggle with joy when we saw out room.”

          There are not enough superlatives to describe this wonderful hotel. Remote & beautiful with all the amenities of a 5 star luxury hotel. The rooms in the small cottages are truly AMAZING. Very spacious, luxurious linens and bedding, huge walk in shower and separate tub. A living area and a very large veranda with chaise lounge, table & chairs, I could live here full time; and at this price, I could afford to. Excellent staff, excellent restaurant. A Beautiful pool and simply a stunning location to watch the sun set over Inle Lake.

          Reviewed October 24, 2019

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          8.8
          Excellent
          Tommy from United States
          Solo traveler
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

          Beautiful hotel, nice staff, food just ok”

          You cannot fault the beauty of the property and the rooms. Very clean, spacious and contemporary with a nod to local arts. The staff were nice but not overly knowledgeable beyond the basic information about the local area. I guess I expected more recommendations of things to do other than to be handed a book of tours and told to pick. Inle itself is a bit isolated, other than the lake there is not much to do, so the hotel food in the are becomes important. Breakfast was great, dinner far less enticing. Stick to Asian themed dishes for the best bets. Prices are steep if you have travelled in other areas of Myanmar. I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples... it was a bit empty during my March 2016 visit, which may have affected my interpretation of the resort. Next door at Novotel was much livelier, but this property is new and doesn't have a brand name, very much worth staying here for something unique.

          Reviewed March 28, 2016

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Palaniappan from India
          Family with teens
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

          Excellent resort, awesome food & great staff”

          We enjoyed our 2 day stay at Sanctum. We were taken care off so well. The property is quite new and has lovely architecture and top quality finishes. The breakfasts served on their outdoor courtyard are excellent! We organized an Inle lake tour through the hotel's own boat and totally enjoyed it!!!

          Reviewed October 03, 2016

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Belinda from Singapore
          Group
          Deluxe Room
          Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

          Luxurious with fantastic staff”

          Hotel is more pricey than the others around the area but considering the luxurious room and surroundings, I think I got a good deal. Top notch service, beautiful room and facilities and felt really pampered. Hotel sits right at the edge of Inle Lake so we got a fantastic view. Only downside is there is nothing interesting nearby, so just be prepared that you have to drive and cab to get around.

          Reviewed March 29, 2018

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          9.2
          Exceptional
          Laura from United States
          Couple
          Junior Suite
          Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

          Almost perfect!”

          Lovely property with amazing staff that exudes warmth. We had a beautiful junior suite (provost) thAt overlooks the infinity pool. We booked a tour of Inle Lake leaving from their jetty. Just wonderful. The only glitch in our stay was the lack of hot water for showers. Highly annoying for the price charged. But assuming this was an anomaly, I would highly recommend staying here. The Operations manager was on top of the problem and hopefully it is resolved for future guests.

          Reviewed January 12, 2018

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