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In the midst of the untouched Mergui Archipelago and due to open in October 2018, Wa Ale Island Resort is a luxurious private island resort offering a totally new beach experience in Myanmar.
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Designed to blend seamlessly into their tropical surroundings the 14 villas on Wa Ale are beautifully bohemian in style and with fantastic eco credentials to boot. Reclaimed natural wood, stylish bamboo furniture and quirky patterns are complimented by ocean views, outdoor showers and private decks in all villas. For direct beach access and a larger living area opt for the Tented Beach Villas, and for a more private setting opt for one of the two thatched Treetop Villas.
There are two dining options at the resort, both offering fresh, flavourful Asian meets Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Beach Restaurant & Bar is housed in the thatched, open air main area and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while River Café & Bar is a more casual option offering light lunches and barbeque dinners on certain nights of the week. Vegetables are sourced from the island's own organic garden and sustainably caught fresh seafood also features heavily on the menus.
Getting involved in the huge range of activities available on and around the 9,000 acre island of Wa Ale is very much part of the experience when staying here. Snorkel or dive among the archipelago's abundant reefs, kayak and paddle board through the island's mangrove forests, trek through the jungle or visit an important turtle conservation project. Whilst exploring expect to come across various weird and wonderful wildlife including gibbons, macaques, pangolin, numerous bird spices, whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays.
When it comes to relaxing, there's nowhere better than on one of the soft, powder-white beaches - unless you fancy treating yourself to a massage in the luxurious spa of course.
Why we love it
Making the journey down to the Mergui Archipelago will all be worth it as soon as you step foot on Wa Ale and realise you've found one of Asia's last hidden paradises.
Frances, Original Traveller