There is very little to say that hasn't already been said about this incredible beach resort. By western standards, it's really a 4 star hotel, not the advertised 5. We spent 5 nights here at the end of our jaunts. This was our second time in Myanmar so we decided to try this beach and resort. We had done Ngapali. Our beach villa was more like a house right ON the beach ( room 109). It is worth the upgrade to be in the villa. My husband who doesn't like sand was able to view the ocean from the veranda in one of several lounge chairs in the shade. Or, take a nap on the outdoor bed. So, he was a happy person. When you open the drapes in the bedroom, all you see is sand and ocean! Heaven on earth!! As in all of Myanmar, the staff were delightful and incredibly helpful. There are a few cleaning/maintenance issues that the hotel should address to lift its image even further ( inside of refrigerator falls apart upon opening, the floor to ceiling windows should be cleaned every time a new client occupies the room, the faucets aren't secured, pool was cloudy etc. But, this does not detract from the overall delight of being here. This is, after all, Myanmar. The only statement that I would like to make, not against the hotel, but rather to inform people who are going to stay in this entire area of Ngwe Saung: the exchange rate stinks. It is poor at all the hotels/shops and restaurants. Guess the gov't didn't see fit to make the exchange rates even across Myanmar. Just be advised to change money before you leave Yangon. And don't forget to factor in meals, and massages ;)
We did venture into town one night and had a good meal. But, truth be told, the hotel prices for food were very reasonable considering that you are a captive audience. So, we dined in the restaurant. Breakfast was more than ample so the hotel might have cleaned up their "breakfast act" after some of the reviewers posted about it. We found the restaurant better than Fisherman's Bar. The spa was clean, and the ladies were delightful. A special hello to Tin Tin Ma, my happy masseuse.
If you can handle the 5 -5 1/2 hour ride from Yangon, then do it - it was worth the trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on long silver beach, crystal clear water, designer pool, two restaurants and bars, spa, tennis, clinic, shop, 5-star resort facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Of Bengal Hotel Ngwe Saung