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9.6
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  • Mingalar Market65.92 km
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  • 3-star Hotel
    Free Wi-Fi

    The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung

    Phayartaung Village, Sakar Lake (30 km south of Inle Lake), Inle Region, Shan State, Samkar Lake, Inle Lake, Myanmar, 6081 - See map
    Wellness activities
    Eco & Adventure
    "The food is delicious - fresh and with a big variety at each meal, cooked by the owner's wife - and served according to your preferred time."
    Laura - April 7, 2018
    Exceptional service
    9.9 rating for service
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.8 rating for cleanliness
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Currency exchange

    • Breakfast [free]

    • Daily housekeeping

    Value for money9.2
    Location rating9.6
    Nearest airportLoikaw Airport (LIW)
    Distance to airport50.1 km

    Rooms available at The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung

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    • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
    • Lake view
    • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung?

    Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 AM. 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 property 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 The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung?

    The Inle Sanctuary 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 MMK 60. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Inle Sanctuary has a car park that's close to the property. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Inle Lake with private transportation, the hotel can arrange taxi service.

    What is the smoking policy at The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung?

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

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    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Bathroom

      "The shower that took up a whole room with breathtaking views of the lake was a favourite."

      Miranda

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      February 21, 2017

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "This sanctuary is an eco resort, situated in the quiet area of southern Inle Lake."

      Miranda

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      February 21, 2017

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "The owners and staff are very nice, welcoming and helpful, and advised us some nice walks around."

      Carole

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      November 5, 2018

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    Overall rating:
    9.5
    Exceptional
    87 reviews
    Cleanliness
    9.8
    Facilities
    9.3
    Location
    9.6
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    This is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a very nice mom...
    Carole from France
    Family with young children
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    More about The Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung

    The peaceful Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung offers detached stilt houses built on a pier that overlooks three of Inle's lakes. There is an on-site restaurant, bar and a free WiFi. Surrounded by beautiful nature, the property is also known as a community business by providing jobs for local people and donating part of the income to the local monastery and charity school that helps more than 1300 children. Boasting views of the lake and surrounding hills, each traditional lodge is built from locally sourced hardwood and bamboo. Sit back and relax while taking in sunset views from the loungers on the private deck. Fully furnished, it also has a spacious bathroom fitted with a shower and a great view of the lake. Inle Sanctuary is about a 3.5-hour boat ride or a 2-hour drive by car from Nyaung Shwe. The property can also be reached from Loikaw. Phayartaung is known for its hot springs and by exploring the surrounding villages we can find waterfalls and caves. Guests can also try fishing on the property's own traditional canoes. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Samkar Lake which is the southern part of Inle Lake! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. Staying at the Inle Sanctuary will also help you get away from the noisy and crowded Inle Lake area. Here you will have a peaceful time. Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip. This property is also rated for the best value in Samkar Lake! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! The Inle Sanctuary,Phayartaung has been welcoming Agoda guests since 3 Nov 2016.

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "We enjoyed the most wonderful food and two days of breathtak..."

    michelle

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    October 24, 2017

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    Airports

    Loikaw Airport (LIW)
    50.1 km
    Heho Airport (HEH)
    76.8 km
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    9.5
    Exceptional
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    Cleanliness9.8
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    Location9.6
    Service9.9
    Value for money9.2
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    6.8
    Good
    Yang from Singapore
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2019

    Quiet Sanctuary, but expensive”

    A few things I feel I should highlight to future patrons: 1. You have to pay 65000 kyats to get to the hotel. Then another 65000 to go back to normal civilisation again. Total cost: 130000 kyats 2. Dinner there costs 7 usd per pax. Not too expensive, but when you compare to other places, it is relatively more expensive. I personally found it the food bland for my tastebuds. Honestly have no idea what other reviewers were raving about. 3. Day activities costs no less than 100+ USD which can be split by the number of people going. I personally felt that this is way too expensive for myanmar. Let's say you and your partner stayed for two nights and took a day trip and had dinner there twice. That would effectively set you back 400(accoms) + 100 (day trip) + 28 (dinner) + 100 (travel) =628usd. That said, the place was genuinely peaceful and scenic. Had a great sleep at night. Staffs were also very helpful and kind. Rooms facilities were quite nice, but nothing mind blowing.

    Reviewed December 27, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jeremy from United States
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

    AMAZING”

    The Inle Sanctuary maybe my favorite place I've ever stayed (and I've traveled A LOT). Absolutely secluded (no tourists anywhere near) and beautiful. Right by a local village, where the people are so happy to see you (I played volleyball and soccer with some locals), and everyone is so friendly. The service at the Inle Sanctuary is top notch. What you'd expect at a 5 star hotel, without all the fake polite BS. It's genuine and real. The people there are awesome. And the food. Easily the best food I had in all of Myanmar (and so cheap). Everything is fresh and local. Fish from the river. Meats from the local animals. Veggies from the land. I extended my stay while there and will be dreaming about going back. Stay here.

    Reviewed April 29, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Robert from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

    Exceptional”

    Fantastic- away from the crowds- so much better than Inle Lake

    Reviewed February 26, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Emmanuelle from China
    Family with teens
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

    amazing place to stay, I highly recommend”

    I really want to thank Aung Min and his wife (the owners) for this beautiful and peaceful eco resort they have made. The staff is extremely warm. We feel like at home. Food is delicious and there are many things to see around. We should have stayed longer, 2 nights is really not enough !

    Reviewed February 14, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Anette from Denmark
    Solo traveler
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

    Exceptional”

    The location is fantastic and so peaceful. The staff is very warm and friendly - Also a great spot for walks in the surroundings to visit the small villages in the area

    Reviewed February 12, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Carole from France
    Family with young children
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

    Exceptional”

    This is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a very nice moment at the lake Samkar and in the Phayartaung village. The owners and staff are very nice, welcoming and helpful, and advised us some nice walks around. The cottages are super nice, very clean and well arranged. I highly recommend this place and thank so much the hosts for these moments spent there.

    Reviewed November 05, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Anne-Claire from Myanmar
    Family with young children
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    A hidden paradise”

    The Inle Sanctuary is located on the Sankar lake south of Inle lake. The location is beautiful, peaceful, authentic and unspoiled. The hotel is powered by solar energy, the rooms are well designed, the food is delicious and the staff very friendly. You can learn how to paddle with your feet like the Inntha do on the lake, you can swim in the lake and go on your own to discover the lake with a small wooden boat. This place is a must see for anyone who wants to go off the beaten track.

    Reviewed April 19, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Laura from United States
    Solo traveler
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    Amazing gem of a place in a beautiful setting”

    The Inle Sanctuary is in a perfect setting on Sankar Lake - it's a beautiful area, quiet, yet lots to explore in the area. The hotel was built with details in mind - the rooms and bathrooms are large and clean and set up so that each room has privacy on its veranda overlooking the lake and mountains. The staff are also extremely warm and helpful - whether during meals or in deciding what to see in the area. The hotel can arrange day tours to villages and sights in the area (all of which see few tourists) or it's possible to explore nearby villages and hot springs by foot. The food is delicious - fresh and with a big variety at each meal, cooked by the owner's wife - and served according to your preferred time. It's easy to get there from Nyaungshwe by either boat (3.5 hours) or car (2 hours) with idyllic views and options for sightseeing along the way. It's also accessible from Loikaw in Kayah State. I stayed two nights and wish I could have stayed for at least three or four!

    Reviewed April 07, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Patrick from United States
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

    One of the best places I've ever stayed”

    Our favorite stay in Myanmar. Aung Min, his wife, and the staff do an incredible job at making you feel at home. The food is delicious and plentiful (literally all you can eat, unlimited servings of delicious, fresh food). The amenities are gorgeous. It's incredibly peaceful. You'll be one of the very few tourists to have ever been here -- I can't recommend this place enough. Some things to do: watch the sunset from the other side of the peninsula, walk through the village and meet people, take a fishing class, enjoy the 5 day market, take the boat from the airport, canoe on the waters, stargaze at night, check out the local monastery, relax and enjoy quiet and peacefulness that you rarely will feel in everyday life

    Reviewed March 12, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Markus from Germany
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

    Exceptional”

    This is a great hotel for a few days of relaxing. The cottages are super nice (106 is the best), new and clean. You can watch the fisherman all day from your veranda. The host Aung Min and super nice, ask him to organize a visit to the local monastery. This place is a 4.5h boat ride from Nyaung Shwe. You can include most "standard Inle lake destinations" on the way at little or no extra charge. Shower is solar-powered, so may not be hot early in the morning. No problem later in the day. I would recommend Inle Sanctuary to anyone that wants to stay in a very special, yet affordable place far from the tourist horde.

    Reviewed March 10, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Dorian from France
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    Amazing stay”

    Everything was perfect here and it even started before we arrived at the property with the private transfer with sightseeing which was the perfect introduction to the beautiful lake Inle. The couple owning the property is truly kind and dedicated to their guests. The food was the best we had in Myanmar. Everything was fresh, organic, local and cooked to perfection for a reasonable price! The room features incredible views, including from the shower. We were not disturbed by any kind of noise and the staff also made their best efforts to ensure that mosquitoes would not bother us either. The surroundings are very calm which is what you would expect from the lake Inle. You feel completely rested after two nights here. I will warmly recommend this property to all of my friends who plan a trip to Myanmar! It was an unforgettable experience.

    Reviewed March 09, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    lip from Malaysia
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    Secluded beautiful place”

    The hotel took us 7 hour boat journey (including a few stops along the way to check out the attractions) under hot sun to arrive. However its worth the long journey. The hotel is very secluded in Sakar Lake with a beautiful view near a small village of which you can explore. The cooking by the wife of the owner of this Hotel is amazing. The staffs are also very welcoming and polite. However, the cleanliness can be improved. The room was slightly dusty and the toilet bowl for my room was cleaned properly. However, this is not a big complain, its a rather small establishment and the staffs and the owner did all they can to make sure that all the guests are happy. I would recommend this place.

    Reviewed March 08, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    YONG from Malaysia
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

    Im very lucky that I choose Inle Sanctuary”

    I have no any comment for inle Sanctuary, everything was excellent. We feeling very thankful to AungMin built a such wonderful resort in this village.And his wife home cook is really nice. I was sick when I there , and very appreciate the homecook tomato soup. I felt sorry that I really cant finish it. Please stay at least 3 nights, we stayed too short this time. For whom, who need a quite holiday, you can enjoy the beautiful and peaceful lake in Inle Sanctuary. Nobody will disturb you, you can fully relax. And the village people, is very pure and kind. I m v happy, happy to met those cute village people. Im already leave sakar lake for one week but I still very miss there. I Wish to go back again. Thank you for everything.

    Reviewed March 01, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Xuan from Hong Kong
    Family with young children
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

    A real sanctuary ”

    This resort lives up to its name "sanctuary". It's located in Sankar Lake which is connected to Inle Lake by a narrow passage. The boat trip to the resort, although long (3 hours), is a scenic ride and well worth the time. Once you arrive you would be greeted by the owner Aung Min and his lovely staff. Before we even met Aung Min went out of his way and bought baby nappies for us in the nearby city - he is the best host. The bungalows are absolutely world class and situated in the most surreal setting - each equipped with a balcony that looks over the lake. Sankar Lake is not a touristy area (yet) so there's no other hotel nearby and very few tourist motor boats (unlike Inle Lake). To pass time, you can simply walk to the nearby village, take trips across the lake, peddle the canoe, watch local kids diving or read a book on the balcony of the bungalow. In fact time will pass without you realising it. For the first time in many years we saw sky full of stars. Truly magical. James

    Reviewed February 17, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Henry from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Relaxing and scenic stay”

    the hotel arranged for us to be collected from Heho airport and we chose then to get to the hotel by boat. It was a longish journey but we chose to visit jewellery making, boat making yard, silk weaving, a floating village and a lakeside monastery. All were really interesting. The hotel food was really good value as was the wine. The hotel is family run and they and the staff are really friendly. Hills run down both sides of the lake and sunset and sunrise are stunning.

    Reviewed February 05, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    jacki from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

    High quality, small scale,peaceful setting with fantastic help before, during and after our stay.”

    Pros 1. Setting No other hotels for miles around, set adjacent to small scale local village and monastery without tourist trappings. Sankar lake even can be quiet without the sound of pasding outboard motors unlike inle lake. 2. Room facilities and plenty of blankets plus restaurant breakfast lunch and dinner were all good quality served in attractive outside setting. 3. Staff...AUng and his wife organised boats to and from the hotel and also hotels in pekon and pilaung for us as there were no hotels with websites or english speaking. Bo took us on an informative and enjoyable early morning trip to monastery and school meeting children doing early morning exercises, cooking breakfast for 100s ,chopping wood, bottling water. The book on the place was interesting too. We went on the lake in a rowing boat we borrowed from the hotel, and visited local hotsprings and temple..all left to find our own way with good instructions...or we could have had a guide if nèeded . Con The balcony at

    Reviewed February 04, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Marta from Poland
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

    Excellent”

    + beautiful scenery, very nice host and staff, delicious meals - only worm (not hot) water in the shower

    Reviewed January 28, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Robert from United States
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

    Peaceful, Beautiful, Wonderful”

    Fabulous food, clean, away from the tourist crowd, wonderful caring owners, great staff, romantic, modern amenities, A true sanctuary. We will return.

    Reviewed January 26, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Juliette from Switzerland
    Couple
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

    Like a dream”

    Our stay at inle sanctuary was marvellous! Everything is perfect about this place! I would totally recommend it!

    Reviewed January 20, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Pierre-Emmanuel from Belgium
    Family with young children
    Lodge Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

    Wonderful, peaceful place”

    Definitely our best experience in Myanmar. The accommodation is great, the views are astonishing, the food is excellent. Aung Min and his wife made us feel like home. Many thanks again!

    Reviewed January 08, 2018
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