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Sunny Paradise Resort
Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Ngwe Saung
Lyon, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not worth the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2013

Beautiful beach indeed, very friendly staff, beautiful garden... All of this is true.We enjoyed staying there. Really, however, if you choose the place, you have to know a few things before booking a room.
For instance, you are informed at arrival that you have hot water from 6.00 to 8.00 AM, and 4.00 to 6.00 PM. A bit early if you want to enjoy the sea at the best time of the day (6.00 PM). Air cond stops at 7.00 AM and starts again at 1.00 PM. You can have more... if you pay 5 USD per hour which, locally, is a fortune !
The rooms are quite big, just like the TV screen ;-), but very dark. No fan, just air conditioning (brand new and working well though). The rooms' cleanliness is fair, not more. For instance, hey would sweep the floor, but not wash it as you might check if you walk barefoot in you room...
Just like anywhere in Myanmar, the level of English is very poor. Not specific to this hotel though.
The food is OK, especially if you like fried food. Not innovative, but a basic classical menu (fried rice, fried fish, club sandwich, basic pastas, grilled fish...).
Internet DOES NOT work. The connection from the lobby works a few minutes per day only, if you are lucky, and is then so slow that you give up using internet. But obviously, the problem is the same in all other hotels of the area.
Altogether, at international standard, the hotel would rank between 3 stars (big rooms, situation on the beach, nice swimming pool, friendly staff) and two stars (cleanliness, English level, food). In any case, and even if the place in very nice and if we enjoyed staying there, it is largely overpriced. Not a problem.... if you know it before you get there!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

This hotel certainly lives up to its name. Rooms are well equiped and although the AC does not operate during the day time, which is green and environmently energy efficient, its of no inconvenience since it would be silly to sit indoors with such wonderful beach, hotel surroundings and facilities. The restaurant, especially around the pool for and after sunset, is a beautiful setting and stylish. Staff were helpful, polite and available in quite large numbers. Pool is stunning with parasols, comfortable sun loungers and beach towels provided.The quality of the food was exceptional and prices no more than than the more basic and less good local restaurants. Indeed no need, except out of curiosity, to venture out at all.
Although 6 hour drive from Yangon the journey was interesting and relatively comfortable.
I wish I could have stayed longer in Paradise overlooking the Bay of Bengal.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

This is a lovely hotel set in lovely gardens right on the sandy beach. Hawkers are mostly kept at a distance. The room was excellent and clean and good bathroom. The staff all friendly and well dressed. Not many other foreign guests, mostly well-heeled Burmese. The happy hour which was 2 hours long was an attraction. The restaurant was terrific with good choice of meals all presented well. Outside restaurants were a little hit or miss but all friendly. I think they don't see many foreigners.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed to be desirable.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

This hotel has a mixture of really good and really bad. Unfortunately the really bad predominates so I would not be recommending this hotel to anyone!

The first problem is the location. In a fast car, flying over the bumps, uneven surfaces and pot-holes it is just under a 5 hours transfer from Yangon airport. In a more luxurious coach, another group took 7 hours to do the same journey. Because it is so difficult to get there, at least the resort was quiet (in October) with only about 6 groups staying in what is quite a large hotel complex at the north end of Ngwe Saung. The sister hotel next door, the Dream Paradise Resort, appeared to be open but empty!

Then there are the rooms ... Our first room was dark, damp and musty. On arrival we asked to change room, but the second room if anything was even worse. Not only was the room warm and still smelling of a horrid musty dampness, but the cushions were also dirty. Later when I went to bed, even the bed smelt damp and musty! The staff though were excellent. They changed the cushions and damp towels and sprayed the room with air freshener and mosquito repellent. However the musty smell remained for the 3 nights we were there.

The hotel suffers from lack of power. Air conditioning is turned off between 7am and 1pm, and the hot water is also on a part-time supply. There is no air conditioning (not even a ceiling fan) in the central hotel complex, which can be really hot if there’s no breeze.

On the positive side there are the hotel grounds, pool (salt water), children’s pool area, Jacuzzi and beach. The setting on clean and a deserted beach is just wonderful. The sea is never far away, and is free from rocks, sea-urchins and other nasties. There were a few motor cycle boys offering lifts up and down the beach, a few horses and other peddlers, but they were not a problem at all.

There’s a few good local restaurants in the village (about a 20 minute walk), but really, the food at the hotel is excellent, with similar prices and offering excellent vistas across the Bay of Bengal. I recommend the Prawn Tempura (about £3)! If you do eat locally, many of the restaurants are not licensed for spirits, so if you order a local gin, rum or whisky you’ll get a whole bottle from a local shop to pour yourself for the same price as a beer!

Room Tip: Make sure you dont get a damp room. So-called Superior rooms are basic, so go for Delux !
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

We decided to add a beach extension but with political unrest at the booked Ngpali beach it was off to Ngwe Saung instead.

Firstly... the 6 hours from Yangon by minibus is long, boring, very rough road and with very little 'amenities'. That said you do see a lot of local way of life. Also, when you get to the winding teak road...its still an hour until the sea appears - be patient.

When we checked in we were allocated a Superior garden view room.. read dark, dingy, cramped, old rooms... old ac, big old tele and a bucket in the cramp bathroom - no idea! However, a mere $70 a night extra and we were soon in the Executive sea view rooms... well worth the nominal fee.

Massive beds, separate shower, toilet and sink, flat screen 42" tv (only Chinese channels though), a veranda, balcony, sun loungers, fridge etc. etc. Right up there with western deluxe rooms. The view over the Bay of Bengal past the palm trees was stunning!

The hotel food was excellent, especially useful as the town of Ngwe Saung didn't really have any perceivable restaurants that we saw. The beach was clean, the crabs abundant, the locals very friendly and the sun very very hot.

At the time of our stay, 12 guests were in the whole resort making this an extremely quiet, relaxing and attentive stay. At times we were the only ones on the three miles of beach! The spa was acceptable, but don't expect Sushido as advertised.

So all in all, pay for the Exec rooms, go in the quiet season and so long as you're not expecting Maldives style luxury, by Myanmar standards this is truly luxurious hotel indeed...

The only downsides were no a'c from 7am - 1pm and hot water slots in am and pm.. but the water was still hot outside those hours. And in context to the local village, this is a small price to pay and easily overcome.

Just need a local airport to avoid the journey back to Yangon!

(PS, although we didn't stay in the sun too long, it could do with a) beach bar service, b) pool bar open, c) pool not looking like its full of chemical mist ... but the you do have the sea!)

Room Tip: Upgrade to the Executive rooms... worth it!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MJK0203
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Kiev, Ukraine
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

We were warned and we should have listened. They told us that all the good beach hotels were closed in July. Ngapali was closed, the good hotels in Ngwe Saung were closed. But our family loves beaches and we thought, even if it rained, the beaches would be beautiful. Well, the Bay water is indeed warm and exhilerating. But the Ocean Paradise Hotel is smelly, hot, lacks water, has horrible room service food and its beaches are dirty. The manager is enthusiastic and the people who work there are kind and pleasant; they seem thrilled that anyone would stay with them in the off season. The breakfasts are good. We booked four nights and jumped ship after two. We thought we would redeem the long drive by riding elephants at the famous park near Ngwe Saung, but they were unavailable when we showed up.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012 via mobile

We were expecting very much to this hotel but we were really disappointed when we checked in. We chose to stay in the most expensive sea view rooms n we were told that there will be 24 hrs power on with limited time of AC. But we have to change 3 rooms cos the AC of each room is not working. The staff were already aware of the spoiled AC of those room n they put us in those rooms. I was so nervous and annoyed n when I made complaints to them, they didn't take it seriously n just acting it was what we deserved. Breakfast is also disappointing with very limited choices. Staff responses are really slow. Many improvements are needed to be done there.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Huizhu
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Property: Sunny Paradise Resort
Address: Ngwe Saung, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Ayeyarwady Region > Ngwe Saung
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunny Paradise Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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