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The verandas are fan-cooled, the rooms air-conditioned, and both are bedecked with ornate Burmese teak furniture. The garden is speckled with little lotus pools, offering a tranquil haven after a day spent exploring the eclectic delights of Yangon.
The hotel’s Kipling Bar downstairs provides an intimate setting for a pre-supper tipple, as does the breezy Mindon Lounge, if one wished for a more foliage-filled refresher (we would recommend trying the ‘Governor’s Collins’ which uses a gin infused with kaffir lime). Supper can be taken here, al-fresco, from the Asian-fusion menu.
FLASH POINT: Hotel staff in Myanmar are almost always charming. At Belmond, they are not only charming, but incredibly efficient, on-the-ball, and also have – on occasion – a wicked sense of humour. You can relax in the knowledge that they have your back at the Governor’s Residence.
‘The finest hostelry East of Suez’, the Strand remains the grandest places to stay in Yangon.
City of dreams and gold, Yangon is erupting with the energy to spurn its shackles.