I was on a packaged tour which had arranged to stay at the Aureum Inle Resort & Spa and because of that, you never know what kind of accomodations you're going to end up with. The two nights that I spent there far exceeded my expectations and when I walked in the room I was so busy standing there in awe, the bellman literally tried umpteen times to get my attention. The rooms are huge and it's almost something like out of Arabian nights. The nice four-poster bed with the artfully draped mosquito netting....the scenic view out of the double french doors....the small little sitting room with primary colored pillars decorating the divan - just wow.
The bathroom, although not well thought out for actual use (such as no towel racks anywhere near the bathroom sink) was like something out of Architectural Digest. Huge. Spacious. Gorgeous. There's a large oaken soaking tub with a pullout spray nozzle that just begged to be used. Alas, even though I tried twice, I was in a bungalow that was at the far reaches of the property and I never did get enough hot water to make myself get in. A shame - but from what I understand, no one else in the tour group had problems with the lack of hot water.
The staff are amazing. They seem genuinely happy to meet you and amazingly quick to respond to any wish or whim. Had called about a maintenance issue and I swear the guy was in my room in about two minutes - and then there was a follow up phone call later just to make sure things were truly fixed. Every evening there was a knock on the door for turndown service and then optional mosquito spray. Yes, there are mosquitos in the Inle Lake region but if you're faithful about applying repellent, you'll have no problems.
Not sure who is responsible for overseeing the staff, but do know that every time I looked around, Pa Pa Min was around with these huge smile and helping attitude. Anything she could do to help, she would.
Ate at the restaurant a couple of times and was well-satisifed. Did the dinner buffet and was pleased with the variety. Believe me, anyone in a tour group usually is in no danger of starving to death. For the breakfast buffet there was this Shan noodle soup that was killer. We were there when they had a cultural show which usually I think these are pretty hokey, but this featured performances/players I'd never seen anywhere - well worth it. Felt badly as by the time the show began, a lot of people in the audience had slipped away just because they were exhausted from the relatively early start in the day and the go-go pace of the tour.
This hotel/resort would have been a dream destination for a romantic getaway, but since I was there with me, myself and I, not so much:):)
If I ever get that way again, would definitely stay here again. My only regret is by the time got back to the resort the gift shop was closed - but sure that saved me some bucks, but still - a shame!
Did use the pool and the water was cool enough I was bold enough to get in to my knees. No more!
Kind of an ironic note - there was a safety deposit box in the room for your valuables but it's not anchored to anything:):) so if you can lift about five pounds, you're good to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inle Lake is stunning and to appreciate the extensive natural waterways from the lake shores of Aureum Resort and Spa offers unsurpassed luxury accommodation of villas built over the waters and shores of one of Myanmar's most stunning natural and cultural wonders, Inle Lake. Each expansive villa is elegantly decorated with generous space for bathroom and Jacuzzi and lavishly equipped with amenities. With private outdoor terrace for viewing a spectacular sunset over the lake and hills beyond, Aureum Resort is the perfect location in which to explore the wonders of this unique destination. ... more less
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