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The rooms vary in size but all are immaculate with tasteful decoration and comfortable amenities. The staff are cheery and congenial, and the restaurant has a nice selection of local and international dishes. The local coffee with pancakes and honey for breakfast is superb.
The owner – the lovely Mya – is a former French-speaking guide from Mandalay. A European sensibility runs throughout from the small pile of books placed on shelves in each room (Un Francais en Birmanie by Le Compte A. Mahé de la Bourdonnais, anyone?) to the sprigs of lavender blooming through the copious orchids.
FLASH POINT: Mya and her team are the perfect hosts; beaming, helpful, untiring. When they are pruning away in the garden, they seem always up for a natter about Pindaya, and perhaps even a game or two of cards. (‘Old Maid’ is a favourite.) In the winter they light small camp fires and the guests are encouraged to gather around and rub shoulders together.
Just outside of Nyaung Shwe, ringed by organic gardens and its own weaving workshop.
Set amongst the pine trees since 1903, with a bold “Green Vision” for the future.