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As well as massages, morning yoga is often on offer and one may be allowed up into the attic to see the Oliver’s bee hives. This is not the place for those looking for barefoot luxury – or any kind of luxury – but for those keen to avoid hordes of tourists and anything that sounds like ‘resort.’
The grub is topnotch (both Rakhine and European) and the service, if sometimes slow and scatty, comes with large dollops of raucous Myanmar cheer. Cocktails can be scraped together; and the spicy omelet for breakfast is recommended. The rooms are big and comfortably and directly off the beach.
It is not for everyone. Indeed, regulars to Laguna (and many of the guests are regulars) tell us that there are only two types of people who arrive at Laguna Lodge – those who turn around straight away, and those who enter and never want to leave. You will know which one you are right away.
FLASH POINT: Laguna Lodge was alongside Sampan Travel in winning an award at the 2017 & 2019 Myanmar Responsible Tourism Awards, being named the Most Sustainable Hotel.
Just outside of Nyaung Shwe, ringed by organic gardens and its own weaving workshop.
Tucked into a quiet cover in Southern Rakhine State: rustic, tranquil, a place to simply “be” …