Amara Mountain Resort
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Amara Mountain Resort

10/182 Thida Road Quarter 10 Western Bogone, Kalaw 06021 Myanmar
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4.0
#1 of 1 resort in Kalaw
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains” by John Muir The city of novel describe the atmosphere is calm and purify cooling air and the tree-line streets feature of British-era architecture, The Amara Mountain Resort built in the earliest of 1900’s. Time healing and relaxing in the stylish of English Garden, enhanced by exotic flowers and pine trees. “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Phillipp Sendker
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Sauna
Restaurant
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Highchairs available
Car hire
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Taxi service
Full body massage
24-hour security
Concierge
Mosquito net
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Boutique
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Burmese

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10/182 Thida Road Quarter 10 Western Bogone, Kalaw 06021 Myanmar
297Reviews0Q+A34Room tips

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Su24 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom252 contributions65 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a lovely welcome to this beautiful old world hotel. It took me back to childhood. Log fires in your room at night as it gets chilly, staff that go above & beyond. Roaring fire in dinner room at night but dress warm for breakfast. Good WiFi, garden loungers & chairs in a nice garden. Town, station & caves are nearby. Could have spent another day or two relaxing here. I had been struck down with a stomach bug before I got here & the supplied me with ginger tea, bananas & rice. Lovely staff
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pamet27 wrote a review Feb 2020
Truro, Massachusetts30 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spent a night here between the going to the Green Hills elephant preserve and trekking to Lake Inle. It was a terrific place to stay. A lovely house reminiscent of the Cotswolds. We had a large corner room that was very comfortable.The staff was welcoming and friendly. As other reviewers have said the hot water bottles and fire in the fireplace at bedtime are very welcome in the chilly evening weather. The restaurant was good and the service particularly personal. I wold recommend the Amara highly. Only suggestion for improvement might be more or towels (there was one small towel for each of us) to complete the otherwise very cozy feel.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: corner room was quite very large
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ParoleAnima wrote a review Jan 2014
Milan, Italy272 contributions170 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely grounds, well cared for, in an inconvenient location too far from downtown Kalaw to walk. As noted by other reviewers, the atmosphere is Swiss-chalet-like, with lots of wood and downy covers and a cleanliness not found everywhere in Myanmar. The staff creates towel animals on the bed each night, a warm and whimsical touch. However, the rooms are freezing in the winter (we were there in December) and there is no heating. So we didn't use the shower; the bathrooms were too cold. When we asked for more wood for our fireplace. we were told we would have to pay $2.00 for every additional basket of wood. Since a basket lasts only about an hour, we went ballistic and the management backed down. But that left a very sour taste in our mouths about the place. As did the $3.00 per can charge for soft drinks -- just as expensive as a top hotel in Yangon. The spa and restaurant prices also seemed inordinately high for the location. so we didn't try the spa and we ate at a nearby restaurant (Home Again --see separate review). Breakfast, as noted by others, is in a freezing room. The omelets are made to order and decent, but it's hard to enjoy breakfast when you are bundled in coats, scarves, and gloves.
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Date of stay: December 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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PTL_9 wrote a review Mar 2011
UK89 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a very special hotel and we were really sorry to have spent only 1 night there. Apart from the usual cool, wet towel and drink on arrival, we were presented with a rose each (cut from the gardens). Fresh rose petals were scattered on the bed. There were flowers in both the bathroom and bedroom, and a bowl of very fresh fruit on the side table. When we returned after an afternoon trekking round the local villages, there was a plate of delicious biscuits left by the tea making tray. But for us, the best bit of all was the open log fire in the bedroom, someone coming in to light the fire early evening! Our guide was taking us into town so didn't have an evening meal there, but the breakfast next morning was lovely.
It would have been lovely to have sat in the beautifully maintained gardens and relaxed.
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Date of stay: February 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joanna T wrote a review Oct 2015
Bridport, United Kingdom3 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I really didn't like it here at all. Yes, all very comfortable and expensive but the atmosphere was not very inviting and I found it quite eerie. We had a driver and having driven us for 10 hours wasn't even offered a chair let alone a drink or refreshment. We, by contrast, were given welcome drinks, snacks, all the trimmings whilst he was ignored. Really uncomfortable. Then we organised to go for a half day trek which was $100 for 5 of us. Pretty steep by anyone's reckoning. A great guide turned up who was incredible charming and informed; it transpired he was receiving $60 of this amount and then they didn't even pay him when we returned, despite asking me for my cash immediately. So I smelt a rat and really didn't like this kind of money-grabbing attitude with no care for the local community. However, the manager did give us a lift in her car one evening (back from the town), so I am grateful for that .Weird attitudes, weird atmosphere and I wouldn't recommend it, especially if you are a conscientious traveller who wants local people to benefit from tourism and not just the swanky hotels.
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Date of stay: August 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from aorngapali, General Manager at Amara Mountain Resort
Responded 2 Nov 2015
Dear Joanna T, Thank you for taking the time to review at our hotel in details. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve our service as well as facilities. I would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused with regards to welcoming to the driver and trekking tour. May I go to point of welcoming to driver, correct what you was mentioned that we are not inviting to driver to come to guest check-in area as there have the place separately for them to rest and host them with fried peanut, jaggery and traditional green tea thus the place where you meet the trekking guide. And, regards on the trekking, it was missed communication between the guide and colleague at the reception thus we been sorted out upon your departure and I had refunded back your cash at US$25 for lunch which was not mentioned by guide as well as we paid him full. I do agree with you that hotel charges you extras than the guide fee as hotel taking full responsibilities for guests for any reason. However, I have noted your comments and share with my colleagues so that we may improve on and on which we can certainly do better. Once again, I would like to thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers and nevertheless hope that we will be able to welcome you back to our hotel in the near future. Kind Regards, The Management of Amara Mountain Resort
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Invictus123 wrote a review Apr 2014
London, United Kingdom52 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was a real surprise. Despite being located at high altitude in Burma, the gardens and architecture could have come straight out of the English countryside!

The hotel itself is set in a colonial building which is full of character and charm. The hotel is decorated with various burmese antiques which are both interesting and beautiful. Our room was clean, bright and airy and the facilities were good. It also has a working fireplace and as it gets chilly at night, the staff are more than happy to light the fire on request.

The gardens are beautiful and the night we stayed, dinner was served in the garden. It was a little expensive but well worth it. The garden was lit up with candles and fires - it looked amazing! The food was good.

Cocktails and breakfast were also excellent - the breakfast was all freshly cooked to order which was a refreshing and welcome change to the many buffet breakfasts that we had at other hotels.

Having stayed in 6 hotels in total on our trip to burma we can safely say that this was one of the best and would nightly recommend it to fellow travellers!
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Diplogirl wrote a review Jun 2013
Washington DC, District of Columbia84 contributions139 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
While the grounds, rooms and setting of the hotel were lovely, the absent staff and $120 a night price tag made my friend and I feel we had gotten a raw deal.

Compared to other hotels we stayed at outside Yangon, the quality of the rooms and service did not match up. We did not have an air conditioner, TV, or fridges in the room. It cooled down when we slept with the windows open but there were barking dogs outside. Our shower cycled between hot and cold water and drips and a downpour.

Chintzy red curtains cover the windows and the bed linens seem primarily made of polyester. The purple pillows did not match the overall design. All white would be much better.

Staff were extremely polite and competent but no one seemed to step up to ensure we were having a nice stay. We had to tell the kitchen we would have dinner in advance so they would open for us. Although the food was quite tasty and in a lovely setting, we ate equally tasty meals down the hill in Kalaw.

The hotel is truly lovely, however, and I imagine quite bustling with staff and guests in the high season. But I will not recommend it to friends unless they pay less than $75.
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Date of stay: June 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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William T wrote a review May 2012
Mandalay, Myanmar6 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is in Kalaw, Kalaw Township, Southern Shan States(44 miles south of Taunggyi and 22 miles south of Heho Airport), not in Mandalay.
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Date of stay: June 2011Trip type: Travelled on business
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oldmayor wrote a review Oct 2011
Portland, Maine223 contributions118 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is small, very nice property on a hill, set in a lovely garden. There is an old building and newer one, patterned after the other. We had a large second floor room in the newer building, which was very nice. A fake fireplace, a nice sitting areas, a desk and a king bed. Lots of windows, set up a bit high. A fruit tray presented in our room upon arrival and tea cookies set out also.

The dining room is lovely with an outside deck. We were part of a small group, so meals were presented well, no problems as experienced by others. As owners are German, the food was not Burmese, a nice break. Excellent butterfish, nicely presented. Simple breakfast with freshly made baked goods and eggs to order.

Friendly staff, limited English speaking, but not a problem as we could make our needs known.
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Date of stay: October 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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meleone wrote a review Jan 2011
Köln, Deutschland31 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travelling off the beaten track in Burma can make you feel a little queasy to the quality of your next hotel. Amara was so unexpectedly beautiful, cosy, with extremely friendly staff and good quality of food and room that we wished we had planned to stay an extra night just to enjoy the lush gardens and the antique building.
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Date of stay: December 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pamet27 wrote a tip Feb 2020
Truro, Massachusetts30 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"corner room was quite very large"
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Leslie999 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland22 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all the rooms are nice, we stayed in the original building....."
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LauraGrace1126 wrote a tip Jan 2018
Elkhorn, Wisconsin500 contributions260 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our room was 204 and we could hear singing either from a temple or someplace at 5am"
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Rogandrose C wrote a tip Dec 2017
Yeovil, United Kingdom281 contributions156 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground floor rooms made ingress etc easy"
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Sarah84480 wrote a tip Jul 2017
London182 contributions57 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cant really comment on the rooms. Had a small twin ground floor room with bath. No fan or Air Con in rooms. Good beds."
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Which popular attractions are close to Amara Mountain Resort?
Nearby attractions include Shwe Oo Min Pagoda (0.3 miles), Hi Snack & Drink (0.8 miles), and Thein Taung Pagoda Monastery (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amara Mountain Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Amara Mountain Resort?
Top room amenities include extra long beds, a fireplace, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Amara Mountain Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Amara Mountain Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amara Mountain Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sprouting Seeds Cafe & Bakery, New Simple Life Inn And Restaurant, and Thirigayha Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amara Mountain Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Amara Mountain Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the centre of Kalaw.
Are any cleaning services offered at Amara Mountain Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amara Mountain Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Burmese.
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