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The homeliness of this guesthouse shouldn’t be a surprise. Kalaw Vista was originally designed by Cho Cho and her husband as their family home. For this reason, the rooms are not numbered but instead “lettered”: on the first floor are the rooms ‘M’, ‘S’, and ‘B’. These are the initials of Cho Cho’s children and favoured family friends.
Each room is different. One commonality being the easy, aesthetic taste and inspired use of light and spacing. There is a futon upon which early-arrivals can curl up on before their room becomes available, and in the warmer months guests can sit and read below the pomegranate tree in the garden.
FLASH POINT: “P” on the Second Floor is our favourite. In the eaves of the building, the slanted ceiling and sky light reminds us of a cucumber-cool London townhouse. We would call this the honeymoon suite.
Set amongst the pine trees since 1903, with a bold “Green Vision” for the future.
A bamboo lodge in a village north or Kalaw; best for hiking and the sound of frog song.