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Accommodation in Yangon
Formerly described in an early twentieth c. travel guide as "the most beautiful inn east of Suez", this five-star property has not been deprived of its pristine charms since Orwell and his co-author Rudyard Kipling appeared for a ging-tonics. It is a favourite with reddish-nosed expatriates who try to re-enact the glorious world.
By the time this luxurious resort move to the city, you knew Myanmar was back on the touristic itinerary. As sumptuous as you would think of one of Asia's most mature chain, the resort offers butlerservice in the finest rooms, five beautiful dining rooms and pubs, free Wi-Fi (the quickest in the country) and sparkling candlesticks in the cloakroom.
Tip: Yangon can be like a kettle in the hottest months of the year - usually April and May - so use the hotel's open-air swimming pools and adjacent cafe. As the London company set out, they decided not to build a new lighthouse or bloc, but to take over the former home of the sovereign of the South.
It is a 1920s manor house, so squeaky-clean porches, lazy teenager seating, lantern-lit garden and an oasis-like swimmingpool are all awaiting you. As a more accessible option to Yangon's new big guys, this remote resort was opened in 1934 as Rangoon Rowing Club. Secret tip: It lies on the shore of the quiet Kandawgyi Lake with a magnificent view of the Shwedagon Pagoda, so make the most of its magnificent setting.
You' d think you'd be in a funky Manhattan Apartments complex and not in languishing Myanmar when you walk into this quaint shopkeeper' but that' s part of its allure. The 32-room motel is contemporary, lively and around the facilities, without any of the nostalgic claims you may have already foreseen.