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Yoma Cherry Lodge
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Ngapali
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 January 2014

This was a beautiful beach boutique hotel situated on the lovely beach at Lintha Village but with guesthouse prices! The beach is a small crescent-shaped bay backed with palms. It's really attractive because it's a real working fishing village - fishermen go out to catch squid every night of the week. When they return they dry the fish on the beach and this does smell but it adds to the authenticity rather than being unpleasant.

The hotel itself is calm, clean and well designed. The landscaping is so beautiful that you feel like you're in a five-star hotel. The prices are not yet 5-star prices though. The rooms are huge and the staff clean the rooms twice a day.

The restaurant was excellent. Great breakfasts. We also tried the food on the beach and it was also excellent, especially the "red-roofed place". We also organized a snorkelling and lunch trip through this restaurant owner. I also had a good massage for $15 for an hour!

Perhaps the best part of all is the staff. They are so kind, helpful and generous with their help and with their smiles that they really make your holiday.

It was also good to feel part of the Andrew Clark Trust project (as mentioned in other reviews). All the proceeds from the hotel go to support the local school.

We are already planning to return on our way to Australia next year. It makes for a wonderful stopover spot just 2.5 hours from Singapore.

Room Tip: We started with a garden room which was very nice (not noisy) but with no view. We then moved to a...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Yoma_Cherry_Lodge, Manager at Yoma Cherry Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2014

Dear Sue C,

I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay here, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Just for the record though, I am the manager of the hotel as well as being a Trustee of the charity, and work as a volunteer. The charity is funded by sponsors and donors. Hope this helps clarify the situation.

Thank you for your very kind comments. I and the Yoma Cherry Lodge team strive to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Sue

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

A great little place away from other hotels. Would go back in a heartbeat!
Only drawback, if at all, is that its away from the center with all the restaurants.
Perfect beach in a small bay. Fishermen village is a must see.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank M M
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

At first sight this lodge comes forward as any other nice resort in South East Asia: it is stunningly situated directly to the beach and with a beautiful lush garden, the rooms are clean, the staff are very, very friendly, the food is yummy etc. etc.
But what makes this place different, is the way the manager British Sue and her husband are involved in the local village Lintha in which Yoma Cherry Lodge is situated. We didn’t know anything about that, when we arrived, but during the stay we learned, that they have founded the Andrew Clark Trust, which runs an English afternoon school for the local children. The school is right behind the lodge, and we were welcome to drop in and witness the teaching anytime.
As we showed interest, Sue asked if we wanted to be shown around in the village by some of the local children. We, and especially our children aged 10 – 13 were delighted, when 4 super cool kids showed us around in the narrow gravel roads amongst the palm leaf huts. Their English was brilliant, and they introduced us to so many people and places we could never have approached on our own. We visited the local library, we were invited in to a wedding that was celebrated over 2 days, we visited the coconut workstation, we saw their local school, the local pagoda, and we visited their teacher, who also ran a chicken farm. A lot of people in the village rely on fishing. They fish at night and dry the fish on the beach during the day, which occasionally spreads a vague smell of fish. Everyday we could enjoy the sight of traditionally dressed women working on the beach just next door. The whole place seemed very authentic (the majority of the (still few) tourists stay at resorts in the bay further down the coast).
During our 7 days stay we kept seeing these children plus several others. This place and its people touched us all deeply. Will we come back? I hope so, and in that case we will bring all the English books and clothes we can find, and what else we can think of. They seem happy as they are, but no doubt, they are very poor. The last photos I shot, when we were driven back to the nearby airport, were of the workers cutting stone by hand to make a proper paved road to the airport. I think things will change fast – so hurry up if you want an unforgettable experience (at a very favorable price btw).

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed for four days at Yoma Cherry Lodge and found there to be many wonderful things about it, but there were also a few surprises.
The wonderful things begin with the grounds and accommodations - they are humble in size and very beautiful. We had a garden view room and found it very comfortable. The cleaning service occurs twice a day and is absolutely fabulous.
Next, the staff. We were greeted at the airport by two smiling boys who made us feel as they were so happy to see us! We never met Sue but prior to our visit she was excellent at communication and recommended us to SPA Tours to assist us with our domestic flight (SPA Tours were also extremely helpful and assisted us during a very stressful time at the Yangon airport, allowing us to make our connection to Ngapali). Miss Cross at the restaurant absolutely delighted us! Sometimes, when I have a bad day, I think of her wonderful positive attitude, and it brightens me right up! In fact, the whole staff is sooooo nice and is overwhelmingly the high point of this location.
The food at the restaurant was excellent - as adventurers, we are compelled to explore and try local cuisine, but found ourselves back at their restaurant several times (breakfast is included and is very substantial). They also assisted us with golf - even if you hardly ever play, this is an outstanding experience. The course location rivals Pebble Beach, and they provide a caddy and ball finder! Our trip to Thandwe was also highly entertaining and should be considered (excellent driver and guide Mr. Min Than Htihe).
Last, the beach is like a living postcard - it is so fun and interesting to watch the fishing community at work - any time of the day, something is happening whether it is squid fishing at night or harvesting the drying fish, in the afternoon or morning.
Things to consider:
Garden view rooms are right next to the school and street - it can be quite noisy from about 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with both children and motorcycles (and on-going construction of a new hotel adjacent and during our stay, a new gazebo in the garden) - so if you are wanting to rest and recover from travel, and are noise sensitive, it might be difficult. The sea view rooms are right next to the restaurant - in fact, the deck for these rooms is shared by restaurant tables. The lodge itself, is located right next to the neighborhood and since most folks do not have electricity, they do everything with fire thus by morning, the air is saturated with smoke and it can be very difficult to sleep/breath. We battled the smoke by closing up our room early, and turning on the a/c.
While the beach is picturesque, it's not the best swimming. The beach further south with the string of hotels, is better suited for this.

It is important to note that the whole area is under construction - the main road is being redone and will soon open Ngapali up to increased tourism. It really is an amazing location and we found our adventure extremely educational. Thank you Yoma Cherry staff for taking such good care of us and for your wonderfully positive attitudes - keep up the great work!

Room Tip: Single story garden view is probably the quietest location, but is at the entrance of the restaurant...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This is a unique and remarkable place located next to a fishing village, where life goes on as if nothing has changed. If you want to experience this authentic experience come NOW, as this will be changing very fast and very, very soon. Do not miss this rare opportunity. As fantastic as this place is, it will become more like the resorts next door at the main beach, once the fisherman and their families move. The main beach is within 15 minutes walk from the resort and where there are also several restaurants.restaurants. I recommend Maison de Mere, on the main street just couple of minutes walk from the road leading to Yoma Cherry. The food in here is fantastic and cheap. Also, the delivery is much faster than at the hotel. We ordered dinner once at the hotel and it took as an hour to get. Aside from little offs, like the noise from the monastery next door, and A/ C being on only from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am; no body gel/shampoo provided, spotty internet(like everywhere else in Myanmar); limited breakfast options(but generous and satisfying)this place is worth the five stars. The staff is very sweet, helpful and professional. We took an elephant ride (25,000 kyat/person) which was fun and enjoyed by our 10 year old, and my wife really liked the one hour full body massage provided at the hotel. Lastly, we had the honor of meeting the manager who is a very energetic, lovely and kind person with real passion for this country and its people. We highly recommend this jewel of a place.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed for three nights in january and it was absolutely marvelous. It is such a beautiful hotel with a lovely garden. IT is also nice to see the local fishermen on the beach. The staff is so nice and Sue the manager is extremely friendly and helpful. One afternoon we visited the school she had started and it was impressing.

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2  Thank Anne-Marie302
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

At the end of a fascinating and strenuous 8 week trip in SE Asia, we stayed for 4 nights at the Yoma Cherry Lodge. It was the only way that I would have appreciated saying goodbye to Asia. Yes, the hotel shares the beach with the fishermen and their families. Yes there is an odor of drying fish. If you don't want that, there are other beaches that do not have this local flavor and tons of beautiful hotels.

Every evening the men gather on the beach before climbing onto boats to go out fishing for the night. The women collect the fish that have dried from the night before. Every morning, sometimes just before dawn, they return to meet women who have been waiting by small fires, trying to keep warm, for the fish to arrive and spread them out of blue tarps for the day.

There is shouting. There is laughter. There are children running around.

We stayed in a garden room the first night, number 4 or 5 closest to reception on the first floor, which was luxuriously large. It was quiet there and the internet was good.

The next night we moved to 3 which was one of 3 rooms on that opened up onto the beach. I have a feeling that these 3 rooms were the original lodge. They seemed a bit more used than the garden room we had before. It was smaller. There was no wireless signal. And there was the sounds of the sea and the village and the restaurant.

So you can have your pick of being in the center of things or being in the beautiful garden.

The staff, as in our entire trip in Asia, were charming, young and very accommodating. Mimi, the housekeeping supervisor gives a wonderful massage in the garden.

For me, this place was perfect.

Oh and PS. The school! The day I went to be with the kids, they had no electricity (there is a government roads project that somehow left the hotel generator which was not available because the hotel needed it) and the classes were canceled. This was the second hotel on our trip that we stayed in that was associated with a school and I believe it is always a good choice.

Room Tip: see above.
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3  Thank LovetheWorld12
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Address: Lintha Village | Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar
Region: Myanmar > Rakhine State > Ngapali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Ngapali
Price Range: £47 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Yoma Cherry Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Yoma Cherry Lodge is a small boutique hotel with 15 bedrooms. Set in a beautiful garden amidst palm trees, on Kiplings Bay, Ngapali, the hotel is situated on a a beautiful beach. Each morning, guests can watch the fishing boats come in with their catch of the day, and in the evening you can watch the boats sailing out to sea, whilst sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset. The beach is very quiet and there is only one other hotel located on the beach. The sea is crystal clear and wonderful to swim or snorkel. The hotel has a restaurant overlooking the beach where you can eat fresh seafood, local Myanmar food or it also has some western dishes. Our massage pavilion is a great place to totally relax. Our staff are friendly and efficient and the whole Yoma Cherry team wish you a wonderful holiday here. ... more   less 
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