Staying at the Yoma Cherry Lodge was the highlight of our two-week trip in Myanmar.
The sympathy of the personnel, from the night receptionist (the boy who plays the piano), the girls at breakfast – at 7:00 am they had a smile so so big, the house keeping girls, the bar tending boys, the masseuse! Everyone of them took really good care of us.
The staff is professional and very well prepared.
The breakfast is SUBERB!!!!!
The food at the restaurant is very good and not too expensive. There is a nice place (very basic) at the beach were you can have really yummie tiger prawns for 1 usd/each, but the fish at the Lodge and the tomato salad were much better!
There is no luxury at the Yoma, the rooms are simple but well decorated. There is no TV but who need a TV in a place like this?????
The garden is small but very well taken care of.
The beach is like paradise. Clear water, warm but not too much, white sand, a little breeze…. The fisherman departing and arriving with their colorful boats, wonderful for nice photos, ladies making and selling bracelets.
There are a lot of nice restaurants in a short walking distance, or if you prefer, in 5 minutes by car from the Lodge. “Paradise” and “Excellent” were the most appreciated. You can ask at the Lodge’s reception for a transfer service to and from the restaurants.
Overall this is fabulous small Lodge (around 15 rooms) and it was the first time were I experienced the fact of everybody speaking to one another. At our last evening we even went to an “international” dinner with the other guests and the amazing owner of this wonderful Lodge, Miss Sue. Very very confortable when you are so far from home.
I’ll explain why I found Miss Sue an amazing woman: she supports a very touching project in the village were the Lodge is located. She built a free English school for children, because she believes that knowing the English language will be the only way out in the future for these kids. Their parents are fisherman, they fish and dry the fish on the sand at the beach. With new resorts being build, there will be no place for this activity in a short term. So the only future is tourism. In the school the children also learn the basic principles of hygiene, for example washing their teeth. They have a health program at school, providing the children with vitamins and medicine. Also you can sponsor a child to go to the regular school for a small amount of money (for our standards). Sue has a very active role in the village, she already built a library, some wc’s, and she tries to prevent school dropout by explaining these arguments to the parents, who see their children as an extra hand. She is a really wonderful person with a heart of gold!
We hope to return in 2015!!!
- 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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