Having stayed at the sister hotel in Bagan, we were expecting a similarly beautiful view from lake view villa here. Sadly it looked more like a disused quarry complete with a JCB! Fortunately we were too busy to have time to spend viewing this from our balcony and the weather was quite cold and grey, indeed too cold to sit outside.
This hotel consists of a central pavillion which is the Reception area. The villas lie to the side of this with the front row being supposedly the best in terms of view. The villas are beautifully appointed but there are some flaws as follows. There is a huge round wooden bath and a separate shower with a wall between them. There is insufficient hot water for even 4 inches of bath water and barely enough for two showers as we discovered on our last morning. The bath waste is situated at the back of the bath so we had to squeeze between the bath and the wall to depress the plug. Why on earth didn't the hotel put the waste pipe at the front of the bath.
Having had a moan, the space is well designed with a huge bed overlooking that 'view' and two external balconies. The dressing areas and bathroom spaces are huge with a separate toilet. There is plenty of wardrobe space and a good dressing table for ladies although no sufficient light there for makeup. There is dim lighting in the bath area and the toilet so reading is difficult. There is a spacious desk behind the bed with a powerful reading light and also a small sitting area with sofas and a coffee table. A large bowl of fruit is placed in the room and plenty of complimentary water.
There is no designated bar area so we had to sit in the Reception area for a drink and it was cold. The hotel does light a brazier on the deck outside the dining room but guests sitting round it are at the mercy of the breeze and may get smoked out. The hotel dining room is huge with a pitched roof and lacks atmosphere. The food, rather like the sister hotel is very average - good Tom Yam Kung though. We would liked to have eaten out on one of our two nights but there was nowhere to go as the local village is not equipped with suitable eateries.
Incredibly, neither of the hotels we stayed in accepted credit cards which could be a problem if you were unaware of the fact.
There is a nice swimming pool on the deck overlooking 'that view' but it was too cold to use it.
Breakfast is well organised to cater for multi-national guests but fruit is disappointing in that there is little variety.
The most irritating thing of all is the lack of good wifi and there is no connection in the rooms. Guests must either go and sit in Reception or the business centre. That said, it is impossibly slow!!
Lastly, the staff. They are delightful and cannot do enough for the guests, the waitresses are the sweetest girls and just so polite, feminine and gentle. There is the usual language barrier but otherwise, I cannot praise them highly enough. The hotel General Manager is very much in evidence and also very eager to please.
On our walk to the village, we noticed at least three new hotels under construction so The Aureum will find that they have a lot of competition over the next couple of years. They will have to sort out these issues.
If you are not put off by the above, this is a lovely place from which to explore this fascinating area.
- 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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