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Bay of Bengal Resort
Ranked #4 of 13 Hotels in Ngwe Saung
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2013

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!

Room Tip: Get the beach front villa!
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

After literally bouncing around Myanmar for 2 weeks we sent 5 nights at this great resort. What a way to recover. The room that we had prepaid for was great but I had my eye on the bungalows on the beach. It was another $40 a night but well worth the extra. Our bungalow was like a suite with a TV room and a large bedroom. The bathroom was actually two rooms with the shower and bath in another room which was partially open to the sky. The bath was huge but the water required to fill it would have bathed 20 locals so we stayed with the great rain shower. We had a large veranda overlooking the sea. Great sunsets.
The restaurant was perhaps the only weak spot. Great service but the food was not memorable. Perhaps we were getting tired of Burmese food. We loved the staff.
The ocean was very warm even though it was their winter 81f. Very sandy and safe. we enjoyed watching the local fishermen in the morning.
An issue that bothered us a bit was that across the street from the hotel was another world. Reality for the locals. If you don't like to see reality stay home.
We had mosquito nets but didn't see very many of the critters.
The only real negative was the long drive (5 hours) to get there.

Room Tip: Ask for a beach bungalow.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mutenjack
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

Currently staying in Royal. Bengal Villa room 110. This hotel is not easy to get to a good five hour drive from Yamgon, the last hour over very steep mountain road. So likely you will arrive exhausted. A warm welcome awaits you , Harry and Sheila, there hotel given names are both very good and friendly. Room 110 beach front villa the room as
Booked , ( upgrades are rare in Burma ) is large spacious with huge outside wet room. Massive sunken bath Made of granite very wonderful. AC very good room is always cool , massive terrace outside tables chair, teak loungers. Tea and coffe and many products. Obviously this is Burma so some minor issues doors don't close, taps stick, some minor cleaning issues. Beds are stripped and changed daily, evening room service and turn down is good comlentary water. Room in summary large, clean very comfortable. The view, well lie in bed and look at the blue ocean absolutely amazing, Spa modern and all the usual Thai massage 25 us for 1 hour. Tennis court . The pool is beautiful lots of beds good towels, only one fault the pool does not sparkle, it's clean but looks a little cloudy, they were cleaning it to resolve this minor issue. Beach 6 miles of white sand ample beds bar service palm trees fabulous. Restaurant breakfast is now great apparently much improved now has everything you might want. Dinner is very good, eating in the hotel is a goos idea. Ng Sweng, well it's Burma that's why your here , one street filled with everything from barber, tool hire butcher bar massage tire fitter, it's a mile of dusty shops with not much to sell run by people who live in poverty but still managed to be the happiest and most charming on earth. In summary the Bay of Bengal is as close to paradise as you will find excellent. Ps, it's very quiet you only hear the sea.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank SnowdropLondon
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

I am currently staying at the Bay of Bengal and am enjoying just relaxing after 12 days of travel around Myanmar. At the moment there are few guests so you feel as if the palace is yours.
The villas are large and well fitted out although it does take me a while each night to find all the light switches. As energy saving the air-conditioning is cut off from 9.00 to 12.00 and again from 16.00 to 18.00. This was not a problem as the rooms stayed relatively cool and i tended to head out and about at those times.
As a solo traveller this was the first accommodation where I was invited to join others and enjoyed a birthday party with some interesting guests one night and a bottle of wine with a small multi-national group on another. The hotel restaurant catered well for vegetarians.
The staff are friendly and helpful and the outlook beautiful.
Whilst it is a 6 to 7 hour drive from Yangon by knowing this in advance you are prepared with food drinks etc and scenery was interesting and varied. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant in a rice field about half way and they were able to provide a most enjoyable vegetarian meal.

Room Tip: I was in room 209 in the second row on ground level with excellent beach views.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank heatherjn
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

We booked the beach add on to end our touring holiday af Burma. There is a 7 hour (1 hour stop for lunch) road trip on some really bumpy roads. We were checked in quickly and efficiently. We had room 302 on the second floor which was supposed to be a sea view room however you had to climb up the rail to actully see the sea. The hotel reception area is large and open. You can get a pastry or cake from the reception.

The dining areas/bar/terrace are open and and have great views of the sea and the sunsets. There is also a small library.

The room was very large and comfortable. The bathroom is huge with a rain forest shower. Plenty of toiletries. We didn't have hot water and when we phoned reception we were advised that we needed to switch the water on. It took about 30 minutes to heat up.

The pool area is lovely. Very refreshing and warmish. Plenty of seats and towels. Breakfast is not as extensive as the other hotels that we stayed at but is is sufficient.

You can watch the fishermen bring their catch in in the morning. Quite an array of fish. You can walk to the village, it akes about 20 minutes to stroll along there.

Staff were lovely, very helpful and always smiling.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank WorldTravellers8
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Reviewed 20 January 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the Bay of Bengal in a Royal Bengal beachfront villa.
After a 5 hour, quite interesting drive from Yangon we arrived at the BoB to a welcome drink and a cold towel.
The reception area is well maintained if quite boring. Formalities over and we were shown to our room.
The Royal Villas are front line and well situated they are more 'beach facing' than 'beach front' as there was a 30 metre wide lawn between our villa and the beach. Unlike our current beach front villa at Amazing Ngapali Resort where we are 2 metres from the beach.
Anyway, there were a number of restaurants in the small town of Ngwe Saung which was a 20 minute stroll away but we decided to take all our meals in the hotel. The Fishermans Bar was ideal for lunch and not overpriced. The main restaurant was better for dinner. The food was well cooked and well presented and the service from the staff was very good.
The breakfasts were very disappointing and in the main catered for local clientele from Yangon. For a country abundant in fresh fruit, there was never more than 2 fruits usually melon and water melon. There were few breakfast cereals only Rice Crispies on most mornings and a very limited selection of juices.
There was an egg station for fried eggs etc.
Not a breakfast selection conducive to a 5 star international hotel (or even a 4or3 star for that matter.
Our overall impression was that the hotel was tired and needs to get the villas repainted both inside and out. The gardens had too many dead shrubs and other plants and large patches of bare soil where there should be grass. There seemed lots of garden staff but it looked like they lacked direction.
Undoubtedly, the 'bread and butter' clients are the groups bussed in from Yangon for seminars or just for long weekends. There were not many international clients when we were there.
Whilst BoB features very well on TA one should be wary as to who has written the report either an international client or someone who has been given a free trip by their company in Yangon.
I know that it is difficult for the management to strike the right balance but with the power of the Internet and the expected increase in international visitors I believe that it should spend some time, effort and money to bring the Bay of Bengal up to a higher standard than it is at present.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

The resort is beautiful. The staff are friendly and the rooms are furnished gorgeously. We were in a group of about 25 people and had a few garden view rooms as well as a couple of sea view rooms.

Buffet breakfast as we were in a big group, was fantastic. Quite a variety and the staff were friendly. We love the small bakery products they had as they were quite tasty.The pool was nice and warm and large enough although the pool bar was not functioning the cocktails at the restaurant was fantastic. There were also smaller pools for kids to wade in which was great for our kids. You can get your pool towels as well as tyres for your beach activity. The beach was beautiful and clean with not too many people or hawkers but always a friendly life guard on duty.

Very impressed by the rooms although the bathrooms needs a little face lift in the sea view rooms and perhaps check the toilets as occasionally it smells. The air-conditioning is turned off at certain hours which took a little getting used to as quite stuffy with humidity. One other thing is they really need to make the stairs going up to sea view rooms more wet-proof as a family member fell down the stairs as we were leaving and the balustrade broke.

Overall, very impressed as been to quite a few beach resorts in other countries and this is as nice as most of them if not nicer.

Room Tip: If possible stay on the bottom floor until they fix the steps leading up the stairs to be more wet f...
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: No 1 Qtr | Zee Maw village Track, Pathein, Ngwe Saung 11062, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Ayeyarwady Region > Ngwe Saung
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Ngwe Saung
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ngwe Saung
#4 Spa Hotel in Ngwe Saung
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ngwe Saung
Price Range: £87 - £227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bay of Bengal Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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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