We have twice stayed at the Aureum Palace in Bagan which is an exceptionally beautiful and pleasant hotel, hence our expectation was of something similar. Our first disappointment was the view, which is of piles of earth/mud in front of the bungalows. One day we even had a digger on a platform working right in front of our balcony, when we came back from a trip and wanted to relax.
Next door there is a very big hotel under construction and it makes considerable noise.
Worst of all, boats are allowed to come to the jetty at full speed and they start at 6 am, hence
avoid rooms 108 and 107. They are next to the jetty and you are woken up before daylight. Last
time we stayed at the Princess resort and there the boats have to turn off their engines well before arriving and row into the jetty, which makes for a far more peaceful environment.
The bungalows are enormous and the aircon is not powerful enough to either cool or heat the place. It gets cold and damp at night by the lake in January and we had to sleep in our down jackets, that is how cold it was. The bathroom is one of the biggest I have ever seen, but very badly organized, e.g. there is only one sink. There is an enormous wooden bathtub, which I decided to try out of curiosity. It took 45 minutes to get enough hot water just to cover me, and after all that I spent about two minutes in the tub it was so uncomfortable.
The internet never worked, which was very annoying for us.
The staff are adorable, which is the best thing you can say about this hotel. It is preferable to eat on the terrasse even when it is cold, as the dining room is like a cantine.
- 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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