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Inle Princess Resort sits on the eastern shore of Inle Lake at the foot of the Shan Hills.
This secluded retreat has just 46 traditional wooden chalets built on stilts along the shallow waters of the shoreline. The spacious rooms were built by local craftsmen using native woods and bamboo and are decorated with Burmese silk textiles. The rooms also feature private balconies with impressive views of fields, mountains and the lake itself.
The restaurant serves a variety of international, Burmese and Chinese dishes including the local specialties of the Shan, Intha, and Pao ethnic minorities. Guests can dine in the main dining room or outside on the terrace. A specialty of the lake region is 'stuffed fish' which is prepared using freshly caught fish and vine ripened tomatoes. The terrace bar is also the ideal spot for relaxing with an evening sunset drink overlooking the lake.
Activities include trips on the hotel boat to nearby villages and pagodas, bird watching or even Shan-style Buddhist wedding blessings. Nearer to home, the spa chalets, the only ones of their kind in the region, offer yoga and meditation classes.
Why we love it
If you are lucky enough to be here in October, you will catch the Phaug Daw Ou Pagoda festival. This three-week long festival features traditional boat racing, parties, and other events on the water and in the villages.