Belmond Governor's Residence: Yangon's Best Boutique Hotel
Ever since Holy Week
when Anne Curtis Smith's group
went to Myanmar,
I've had friends ask me many things about my own trip which happened about two weeks earlier. While I am quite surprised by the barrage of queries from different people, I am very happy that many people are now interested to visit. In the upcoming features for BBR Recommends International, we will bring you articles that will enlighten everyone about this once closed country and hopefully will encourage you guys to visit soon so you can see the transition from the old to the new.
As in our previous special series on Cambodia, we will start off with a feature on the best place to call home away from home. There are big hotels in Yangon but I personally prefer smaller boutique hotels and Belmond Governor's Residence delivered beautifully.
It is located not far away from the city but also far enough to be a little haven far removed from everything else. Being literally a former residence, there is immediately a homey feel to it. Add to that the friendliness of the staff which will probably remind you of your own reliable household staff. The rooms are big and very comfortable to roam around in. The breakfast buffet, for a small hotel, is quite a spread. The pool is well-maintained. The two-floor dining areas are decked with paintings done by local artists. They even have bikes, with biking tour maps, you can use to cycle around the city.
There is a reason why it is quite pricey (but so definitely worth it!) and if my short list of reasons are not enough (I didn't want to bore you!) then these photos will surely show you why.