Very nice resort, with one major reservation.
Everything good that has been written previously about this hotel: the beach, service, rooms, friendly locals – is true. More on this in a minute.
First, however, some of my reservations, as I believe these often help people decide on whether to stay in a particular hotel/resort.
The hotel is rather isolated. And by that I don’t just mean that Burma as a whole is definitely a less popular amongst Asian destinations, or that Ngapali is, in essence, a sleepy fishing village with a few resorts for foreigners. This is what’s special about this destination as a whole, and if you don’t like it then Phuket, Railay, Ko Phi Phi etc, might be better choices.
You have to be aware, however, of Amazing’s location within the Ngapali village itself. There are two beaches, each about (I’m guessing) 2kms long, separated by some fields inland, and large rocky outcrops on the beach itself. You can’t just walk from one beach to the other (because of the rock barrier, I’m told, as well as the fact that some government resort is located there. We once walked for about 20 mins, got to the end of “our” part of the beach, and turned back). There are only a few hotels on the northern beach, among them Amazing. Most of the resorts are on the southern beach. An obvious advantage of that is that the northern beach is rather empty and quiet, which we very much enjoyed. However, most of the restaurants, souvenir shops, etc, are located across the street from the cluster of resorts in the south (there are very few beach-front restaurants which wouldn’t be a part of a hotel or resort. Certainly all the recommended restaurants, many of which we tried, are inland – on the other side of the street, across from the resorts). There are 2 or 3 restaurants close to Amazing, we tried one of them and it was so-so. The hotel staff were recommending either their own restaurant (which you can get bored of I guess if you’re staying several days), or restaurants in that southern part of the village. It takes about 20mins cycling from Amazing to the nearest one of those, pleasant ride, although not in mid-day heat (if you decide to have lunch there) or after you’ve had a few beers with dinner. There are some particularly nice restaurants further south, across from Amata resort, but that would be 40 or more minutes to cycle to get there, each way. Public transport is difficult. I’m assuming you’re willing to rough it out a bit with the locals and sit in the back of a pick-up/tuk-tuk that they use for buses. This will cost you between 500 and 1500 kyat each way (only $0.7 to $2), assuming however that transport is available. Which very often isn’t the case after 8 or 9pm, when you might find yourself returning from dinner to the hotel. Private taxi will be 5000 to 8000 kyat ($7 to $10) each way, depending on whether you book from the hotel, or try to organize one yourself. Considering that dinner for 2 with a couple of drinks will cost you about 15,000-20,000 in those not-beach-front restaurants, and around twice as much in hotel restaurants, private taxi might seem quite expensive, although it isn’t really when compared to Europe etc – decide for yourself. Anyway, this is probably the only thing that I can complain about with regards to this resort. We don’t like eating in hotel restaurant too much, and found the difficulty in commuting to where the “action” is a bit disappointing.
Everything else was great. Beach – long, wide, palm-fringed, not too crowded. Sand is nice although not of the very white, super-fine variety. I would say 7/10 on my personal beach ranking scale, 8, 9 being the nicer parts of Mexican Riviera Maya, Railay in Thailand, Varadero in Cuba. Certainly a very nice beach though. Lots of fun floating around in huge inflatable inner tyres, available free of charge from the hotel. Food – nice in the hotel, very nice and very reasonably priced in those restaurants that I mentioned. Excellence (closer to the hotel) and Treasure (farther from the hotel, across from Amata resort) are 2 that stand out. Very nice breakfast buffet in the hotel, available until 10 (big plus for me!), large choice of fresh fruit, American, French, Asian breakfast options. Lovely beach-side tables. Staff – very, very helpful, we got a choice of several rooms, and the possibility of staying on upper floor even though it wasn’t immediately available. BTW I would certainly choose an upper floor room if going for the sea-view villa. Remember sea-view is second row of villas, beach-front is what they call first row. But upper floor in sea view is certainly very, very nice, and the view isn’t obstructed at all (second row villas are situated, sort of, in gaps between the first row villas). Resort grounds are lovely, landscaped with tropical plants and beautifully maintained. Free bike rental, pool table, darts, as well as wi-fi access, although slow (typical for Burma). VERY expensive phone calls - $7 per minute to the UK! Rooms are very tastefully decorated, look up the photos to decide for yourself. Certainly very good value for money considering room quality and beach quality. Free pick-up and drop-off from the relaxed and small Ngapali airport.
Great resort, very good value for money, if you don’t mind eating in hotel restaurant all the time it’ll be great, 4.5 out of 5, otherwise 3 or 3.5 out of 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the most beautiful beach in Myanmar, 45 minutes away from bustling city of Yangon by air and 5 minutes drive from Sandoway Airport, Amazing Ngapali Resort is ultimate hedonistic resort that redefines escapism in its beauty, luxury and conception. The view from the lobby takes in the gentle waves and allowing its guests an exhilarating feeling of spaciousness and an affinity with the natural surroundings, lushly landscaped gardens and pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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