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“luxury on a paradise beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Amata Resort and Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Corner of West Horse Race Course Street | Mya Pyin Village Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Ngapali
London, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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“luxury on a paradise beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We arrived in Ngapali at the end of our visit to Myamar for a 5 night relaxation on the beach. We arrived without a booking and a budget that was below most of the luxury resorts along the beach. Because of the road construction we decided to try to negotiate at several of these resorts for a deal using one of the roadside rooms (knowing we would be on the beach all day). The reception staff were immediately amenable to negotiation in the friendliest smiling way possible and offered us a garden room (adjacent to the road) at 100$ a night. Compared to the other resorts this was amazing and during peak season. Yes the road noise and construction was very loud especially in the bathroom but we are early risers, out all day and the road was quiet at night.
The room and bathroom were spacious and well equipped. The bed was comfortable and the room was serviced twice daily with wonderful floral designs left on the bed. The breakfast was outstanding and in a lovely setting in the beachside restaurant with super smiling helpful staff. As another reviewer mentioned the pool is rather strange as it is in the middle of the restaurant with no lounging area. However with the wonderful calm sea just steps way from the hotel I for one was not going to use the pool. There are plenty of sun loungers and shade umbrellas on the beach and wonderful smiling non hassle hawkers passing selling fruits and coconut juice. The gardens are well landscaped and i loved the vintage car and bus sitting in the hotel entrance. There are plenty of restaurants both along the road and on the beach. The beach itself is superb and I definitely plan to return.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Uppsala, Sweden
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22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Superb! We stayed in a Cabana cottage that was really a villa. The architecture is very smart and the privacy outside is good even though there are many cottages. Perfect for relaxing days by the sea. There is also a large pool. Free sunbeds and pool-towels are provided. Apart from a couple of nice women selling fruit on the beach, there are not much people even in high season. Excellent restaurant with very nice staff and a superb kitchen.
We also tried the SPA but they have some work to do before becoming top, but if you need sports massage of the tougher kind- try it out.
There are also several local restaurants just beside the hotel that are worth trying so you will have alternatives.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amata2004, General Manager at Amata Resort and Spa, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Thank you so much for your positive comments on our hotel. I am glad that you have spend such a great time in Ngapali. Hope to see you soon back.

Best regards,

Frank Janmaat
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Ngapali might be the most beautiful beach we've seen, and Amata is well placed to enjoy it and for a good view of the sunset. The buildings are attractively set in the palms behind the beach, and the modern wooden construction works well. We had a cabana very close to the beach.
My criticism of the room was that its layout was rather poor. The bed is in the upstairs section with a rather steep open plan staircase to the bathroom - caution required at night! In the living area there's a pleasant seating section but rather a lack of storage and dressing room space to store toiletries.
In the early evening there's a happy hour for sunset drinks. Of course, most people swim in the sea but it's perhaps a little odd that the pool is set in the middle of the restaurant area with no seating beside it for lounging or drying off.
Breakfast was very good but lunches and dinners were disappointing, especially when compared to the amazing restaurant in the hotel next door and even the little places down the beach.
Service is efficient, and early check ins very well handled as are airport transfers.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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29 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

What an oasis of luxury in a stunning setting.
Despite visiting Burma many times, I never made time to visit the beaches on the west coast, so this year I had the opportunity and planned a week in the area. I had heard about Amata Resort from friends and was keen to see it for myself.
First impressions are always important and they were well met. Quality, thoughtful hotel architecture is not always on offer in Burma, but this resort ticks all the correct boxes. Using a low sensitive design with quality local materials, you are drawn into the reception by a projecting timber canopy, all the time aware of the aesthetic central full length corridor, ending in a framed view of the infinity pool and ocean beyond. You know you are going to relax and enjoy your stay.
So what about the usual hotel features? Well, let me go through them.
Spacious, well designed bedroom with en-suite luxury sunken bath. Good sound insulation and very comfy bed (with mosquito net) for a good night's sleep. Exceedingly pleasant, helpful staff, who ensure your room is kept spotless and specially prepared each evening, so that you walk in, breathe a contented sigh and feel yourself relaxing.
Large buffet breakfast in an open terrace overlooking the ocean; adjoining terrace with main restaurant, plus mezzanine lounge overlooking the pool/ocean. Should you decide to eat out, there are ample local restaurants; should you decide to walk or hire a bike, an interesting fishing village just to the south.
So there you have it. I note that several guests were staying there as a grand finale to their tour. I enjoyed it as a single experience, but a finale would be the perfect way to let your memories sink in and prepare you for the return home.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Amata Hotel for two nights in February. The hotel is on a spectacular beach and is very well done. We had a deluxe room and it was large with plenty of room to move around. The hotel restaurant is outside with beautiful views of the beach. The food is good with western dinners in the $20-30 range; Asian dinners are very good and in the $8-12 range. There are a few restaurants outside the hotel. At this time, the government is trying to improve the main road that goes to all the resorts and the road is in terrible condition which does not lend itself to walking around much, so we didn’t. One drawback to the hotel is that they claim that their credit card machine is not working, but I believe they are not set up for credit cards, period. Thus, cash is the only way. We were running short of cash, so we did not get massages ($25-35 for ½ hour or 1 hour) or order western food. Overall, it was a very good experience and very relaxing; we would go back if ever again in Ngapali Beach.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
74 hotel reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Flawless check in, great Villa very quiet & peaceful
Extremely clean beach & very good sunshades & plenty of them.
Good breakfast.
Good to have some locals selling fruit on the beach, just earning a few $'s but giving no hassle just good fruit, & the resort Management seem to accept this, which is good for the area.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kunming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I stayed in Amata Resort and Spa for 3 nights last week. This is my 5th time to visit Ngapali Beach, which is one of my favorite beaches. Compared with the other hotels I had stayed before, Amata provides plenty of food for breakfast. The service is good. The bell boy helped us check-in at the airport when we left hotel. WIFI is available, although the speed is not very fast.
I tried the SPA. It's good, and not very expensive.
There is a Chinese chef from Kunming in this hotel. He can cook good Chinese food (Yunnan, and Sichuan taste).

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Corner of West Horse Race Course Street | Mya Pyin Village Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar
Location: Myanmar > Rakhine State > Ngapali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ngapali
#4 Spa Hotel in Ngapali
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ngapali
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amata Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Amata resort & spa, Myanmar's most exclusive international beach resort, stretches along the beautiful shoreline of Ngapali, Myanmar's premier beach. The resort covers more than five acres of tropical wonderland and guests are luxuriously accommodated in eighty teak, bamboo, cane and rattan cabana, bungalows and suites. The resort is flanked by a 400 meter seaside boardwalk. ... more   less 
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