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VILLA INLE spa resort
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We flew into Heho airport, and took the transfer to the quaintly named "jetty town" to board a long, low, narrow boat to get our first view of Inle Lake. We passed several other resorts on the way in, which seemed quite big, but we couldn't spot Villa Inle...eventually, after watching the leg-rowers at work on the lake, the engine note dropped and we nosed our way into an inlet between the floating fields. Eventually we reached a tiny hut perched on stilts where we cut the engine entirely, and in order to preserve the peace of the resort, were taken in to the jetty by a leg-rower.

The reception is small and open plan, and the welcome was warm and full of smiles. We were taken on the short walk to our villa, and were just stunned by the quality, size, fixtures and fittings.

Each villa is on stilts, so you climb some steps up to the room. The room itself was a huge vaulted space, dominated by a vast bed with a mosquito net suspended from the peak of the roof - a good 15 feet high! The room itself was all made of teak, as was the furniture, and had all mod cons. At the front of the room, overlooking the lake, was a very large decking/balcony area with chairs and a table, where we sat to watch the sun set over the Shan mountains, the lake, and the cultivated fields just below the balcony. At the back of the room, a sliding door led to a bathroom that was almost as big as the bedroom - a double ended bath in the middle, with neck cushions built in; a pair of teak statues holding a pole between them served as the towel holder; his and hers sinks with brass fittings in the shape of frangipani flowers, a separate toilet and a separate shower room - all beautifully decorated and finished to a very high standard indeed.

Meals were taken in the main restaurant; prices are quite high especially when you consider the cost of living out there and the fact that we were a captive audience, but the quality was excellent.

There are only 16 villas at the resort, so the whole place was beautifully tranquil, and a great place to come back to after a long day of sightseeing. We loved it.

Room Tip: I think almost all the villas have a lake view - but one or two look like the view is more of the gardens. Get a lake view - watching the sunset will be worth every penny!
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank soulsease
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

As noted in other review, this place is highly recommended and a pleasure to stay at. That said, the staff could definitely be a little less overbearing during meals (it's a fine line between being inattentive and being annoying). Otherwise, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

One larger annoyance has to do with renting a boat and driver for the day. They outsource this to Inle Boy boat rental, and you end up paying roughly double for no additional service. We were told that the driver/guide would have bottled water for us - he didn't. It is fine if the resort wants to outsource the boat service, but they should make sure that the service is up to their high standards. This means (1) having guides who speak English on par with the resort employees, (2) ensuring the company to which they outsource understand their clientele, (3) provide comforts on the same level as that which the resort offers (i.e., they could have extra padding on the chairs, better umbrellas, supply branded ponchos, etc.). This should all be contrasted with the taxi service to/from Heho. For that, the resort uses much nicer cards, provides bottled water, A/C, etc. and is generally a much much better experience than going through the normal taxi service. For boat rental this is not the case.

That said, this is still a very good resort and is highly recommended, but do yourself a favor and book a boat in town.

Room Tip: Definitely pay extra for the lake view.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank onfo
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stayed here for two nights in mid-September and would recommend it as a cozy refuge if you make it to Inle. The place has some flaws (which I’ll get to later) but they’re easy to overlook if you think of Myanmar as a country that’s still behind the curve when it comes to top-rate resorts.

First, the good parts. The rooms are stunning — spacious and rich with thick wooden furniture. The bed looks like an artpiece, with a mosquito net bow-tied around it. Double doors open out to the lake. The shower has an overhead rainfall nozel, and the bathtub — the centerpiece of the room behind the bed — is great place for relaxing if you run out of things to do on the lake. (Which you probably will.)

The resort is situated just a tad off the water, which might not sound like a selling point — but it is. You still get the water views, but you also have a bit of privacy and shade. You can also go behind the resort and hike some of the rolling hills, including one path that leads to a monastery.

Now for the quibbles. First, the place is owned by some Burmese general, which means you’ll have to fight off some ethical misgivings and you snuggle under your feather-soft comforter. And if you stay at this resort, you’ll also have to eat its food. Again and again and again. On occasions the kitchen staff hits its mark. But too often meals are a frustration. The bread they serve is icy at the center. Most of their meat dishes are way overcooked. Some of their Burmese food seems like a cousin to Chinese food in Middle America.

Then there’s the staff — which is super-friendly, but also a little overbearing. They hover, and sometimes ask well-intentioned questions about your daily activities… but it makes you feel like they’re watching every little thing you’re doing, both on site and off.

If they tread a little more lightly, and if they replace their cooks, this place is a true gem. But still a place worth staying at while they work out the kinks.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This place is wonderful. Arriving by boat (which I recommend) will be a unique experience in itself.

Despite various reviews that suggest waterfront villas are noisy, this could not be further from the truth as this resort is buffered by floating gardens. The view on arrival is amazing.

Individual, private, well decorated and maintained villas.

The most attentive and polite staff I have ever experienced.

Fantastic restaurant. No pool. Half the price of the neighbouring resort.

This property is well planned and designed and has a very nice ambiance.

I would not hesitate returning to this resort.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cal W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Unforgettable! Amazing place to spend your honey moon! Lots of space, very romantic and the best view to the lake! The service is fantastic , very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is magical! Specialy at night!
The private balcony it's a experience!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Annyjuly
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