The property is lovely, looking out over the river, with very nice gardens and a very pretty (slightly chilly) pool. Well located, walking/biking distance to some very interesting pagodas and near an entrance to old Bagan. Although not generally one to walk to dinner, its not that convenient to the town. The reception area is lovely and pretty efficient getting everyone moving in and out. Lunch and dinner in the dry season is outside on a lovely patio overlooking the river, with local music. The atmosphere is better than the food, which was a little boring, with little choice unless one wanted a 3 or 4 course dinner. There was also an odd reservation system, if you did not make a reservation you were treated a little as a second class guest. And some of the reserved tables never seemed to get used at all--which was even more irritating.There is a bar that is pleasant at night but dark for breakfast. Breakfast was a little skimpy and boring. Service throughout was a little slow and it seemed to often be necessary to look for the waiter, or order taker. It was not unfriendly but I think the word aloof used by another reviewer is about right.
On the other hand, our suite was terrific. It was one of the River View Suites and indeed had a very large patio that looked over the gardens and the river to the sunset. With comfortable chairs, and a table for eating it was a great place to watch the sunset and read at days end. Inside the suite were 3 separate rooms, but with shuttered openings between them to bring in the light. A nice sitting room with tv, desk, couch and mini fridge and bar, a separate bedroom area and a very large bathroom with separate tub, shower and double sinks. Dark wood and a very comfortable colonial feel. It was lovely with all the amenities you could want and set off a little so as to be private. I really enjoyed that splurge..
We did use the spa and both my husband and I got very good massages in a pleasant setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bagan Thiripyistaya Sanctuary Resort is situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar's river of history and legend. The Resort sprawls over 24 acres of landscaped gardens, which is home to mature tropical trees and flowering plants, as well as native birds and a number of small tame animals. Every morning our gorgeous peacocks, Myanmar's national bird, go for a walk in our garden. Oriented towards the west, the Resort revels in panoramic river views, glorious sunsets and silver moonglow, and a pervading atmosphere of profound peace, warmth and comfort. ... more less
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