Reflect Inle’s stilted villages with boutique, on-lake villas
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From its shores, Inle Lake seems to stretch much further than its 13 miles of length and seven miles of width. An endless shimmer of blue is interrupted only by leg-rowing locals, stilted villages and floating gardens while the Shan State’s mountain plateau serves as a dramatic backdrop. It’s all dotted with local craft workshops – think delicate lacquerware and cigar favourites – along with lakeside temples. And Aureum Palace is perched on the lake’s eastern shores with villas spilling right onto the waters. Termed affectionately as the ‘sunset side’, guests will be treated to picturesque evenings.
Featuring that quintessentially Burmese aesthetic that’s showcased across Aureum’s offerings, all-villa accommodation makes use of teakwood walls and rich, hardwood floors, softened by plush fabrics. The four-poster beds are a particular treat while separate living areas and private balconies add extra space. The only downside? You’ll have to choose between shore villas with private plunge pools and lake villas that offer unrivalled water views. Satellite TVs, individually controlled air-conditioning and heaters, and tea and coffee making facilities add in more modern amenities.
Take your meals to yet more of those sunset views on the picturesque terrace or under the grand timber gables of the Dining Room. Here, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of Asian classics as menus introduce you to traditional Burmese cuisine. Enjoy mouthwatering soups, fragrant curries and salads created only using locally sourced ingredients. There’s also an extensive selection of more familiar, Western dishes on offer as well. Local staff add a gracious, welcoming touch.
To match its serene setting, the excellent Nature Spa features a wide variety of treatments to soothe any sightseeing aches; internationally trained therapists deliver a range of massages in luxury tents. For more free-form relaxation, make use of the pool or enjoy a cold drink in the bar where you can even sample some of the local wines and beers. However, if you’d rather head out and explore, there are plenty of off-site activities including treks to nearby tribal villages and boat trips on the lake.
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