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Amara Ocean Resort
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Amara Ocean Resort want to be one of the most luxury choice of Ngapali beach. Very near to the airport (10 minutes by car) and to Thandwe village (30 minutes by car) is the last resort and it's the gate to the part of Ngapali beach.
Sea is awesome, beach well furnished with beds, table and palm umbrella to avoid the heat of the sun.
In Ngapali tide eats more than half of the beach during the afternoon, but being the beach so deep you will not lose any nice opportunity for your sunbath.
Amara Ocean resort offers a nice SPA with price between 20USD to 60USD for various kind of massages and treatments can last from 30 to 120 minutes.
The restaurant, that decides the resort in two parts, offer a full Asian menu with some International dishes. Prices: appetizer (5-12USD), first course (8-12USD), main course (7-16USD), dessert (6-8USD). Can find also some more expensive choice as lobster (10USD/100gr) or quality steak for 35USD.
Bungalows are spacious and well decorated in Burmese style, big bathroom with double sinks, toilet room and shower room. The main bedroom is surrounded by big window-doors so guests can have a nice view of the resort and the sea right in front.
Wifi covers all the resort, but don't expect to surf easily in Internet or open some mail attachments from your bedroom, because the connection lacks a lot and you can get a barely decent speed just in the common area like the restaurant and the pool.
Staff is well trained and try to be helpful for any needs.
The resort offer a free pick up from and to airport and a flat rate round trip to go to Ngapali beach (30USD) and to Thandwe (40USD).
Amara Ocean resort is supposed to be a romantic and quite escape from several other choice Ngapali beach can offer, even if during my stay the resort was over crowded by family with kids that made this resort more suitable for family trip then for a romantic retreat.
In this moment guest with kids are spread all over the resort, but considering the whole structure is divided in two parts by the central restaurant, can be a nice touch from the management if all the guests with kids under 14yo are grouped in one half of the resort and the other guests, that maybe search more quite an tranquillity, can join the opposite part. This can be a nice way to satisfy both necessities and give to all the guests the best experience.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
9  Thank MrDago
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

We stayed at the Amara at the front end of a 19 day trip to Myanmar. This was the third stay in the Ngapali , and the Amara is the top spot in the entire beach area. The setting is absolutely fantastic, one of the nicest and least populated beaches in the world. The rooms and service at Amara are first rate. People are a little light on English, but they communicate well and are extremely friendly. Food is first rate and well-priced. If you want disco ,nightlife ,action, crowds, of course, this is not your spot. I hated to leave. Paul

Room Tip: The rooms are either directly on the beach or 20 yards behind and facing the beach. I prefer the first row, but they are all nice.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank paul t
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

I hesitate to extoll the virtues of this wonderful beach front property because I don't want it to be ruined by too many visitors but because there are currently just 28 units this is unlikely. The individual bungalows are large with fans , air conditioning , mosquito nets , large verandas with sun loungers and towels but no TV or radio , which is part of the ethos of the hotel and perfectly OK with me. Although the properties are a short walk from the quiet and unspoilt beach , there are fresh water faucets to rinse of the sand and salt both on exiting the beach area and externally to the cottages.
The gardens are well maintained and the staff are all friendly and welcoming.
The food in the restaurant is excellent , particularly the seafood .There are western choices but my husband and I stuck to Rakhine cuisine and it was fantastic.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jill O
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in January at the end of our journey around Myanmar for some Rest and Relaxation before returning home.
Highlights:
-The Beach Bungalows were pristine, roomy and luxurious. Beautifully designed and perfectly maintained. Loved the sliding louvered windows and doors that allowed for natural ocean breezes. Wow!
-The bed was the most comfortable (soft and luxurious) we found in all of Myanmar.
-The Beach itself was awesome. Three kilometers of private white sand with swaying palm trees and abundant marine life and birds. All completely private with absolutely no other people around. It felt like being on an exclusive private island. The flip side of that was that the property was remote and transportation to and from town was 30 minutes and 25 USD each way so you really are dependent on the hotel's restaurant, spa etc. This turned out to be no real hardship!
-The restaurant was very good. We favored the local selections for breakfast and dinner and were not disappointed. Because there were only about 15 guests (that we saw) they did not put out a full buffet but rather allowed you to order off the menu. The service was very good but they did not have a couple of the items on the already limited menu. One time they did not have maple syrup (but were able to substitute honey) and another time they did not have the horseradish that was supposed to come with something. Puzzling since neither one of these condiments goes bad quickly even in tropical climates. Though the coffee was excellent and the orange juice fresh squeezed.

The Missing 5th Star:
-We had a minor annoyance at the spa. We enjoyed our 10 minute free back massage the day we arrived and booked 90 minute treatments with those therapists for the following day. We were careful to specify that we wanted those particular therapists and for which treatments and how long they were to last. We arrived the following day at the appointed time to 2 completely different therapists and had (really endured) 60 minute massages. When we enquired, we were sternly told by the spa manager that this is what we booked despite seeing eraser marks on the paper schedule to the contrary. It seemed as if she could not 'lose face' in front of her employees: but it was not a big deal since the treatments were not particularly enjoyable and we were a little relieved that we did not have to endure another 30 minutes of ineffective soft stroking. Think frustratingly wimpy Thai massage that fails to get down deep where you need to be untangled after two weeks of tight planes and crowded busses. The language barrier left us all a little frustrated I think.

Would we come back again? ABSOLUTELY! Stunningly Beautiful Beach Property!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank MarkOrmondBeach
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Driving to the Amara Ocean Resort in Ngapali (pronounced Napoli) along the one road from the Airport feels like stepping way back in time. The area has the feel of a remote, almost deserted Island. Arrival is to a beautiful and romantic new hotel with open teak pavilions and teak bungalows, all right smack on the beach. The General Manager who is part Thai?, but lived in London and all over the world is a lovely man and very close to the Village people. He has done a fantastic job training the staff and the service is excellent.
A short walk on the beach to the left takes you to a fishing village and many beautiful shells on the beach and a short walk to the right and then another right at the schoolhouse to a wonderful village where the children and people are so innocent and proud. There is also an interesting Pagoda and Monastery in the Village. We really loved it here because it is just the right mix of real, relaxing and romantic.

Room Tip: Its worth the extra money to stay in a bungalow on the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lf7932
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