Aureum Palace Inle
All hotels within the Aureum Palace group are idiosyncratic in style… and this one at Inle Lake, Myanmar, is no exception. You’ll arrive to water features, statues, huge columns and a heavily teak-lined open reception. From here, the hotel cascades down towards the lake shore, occupying as it does a lovely lake-front setting with a huge pool overlooking the water.
The 65 rooms are located along elevated teak walkways over the water and along manicured paths in the hillside. Those closest to the water are partly built on stilts over the rippling lake and invariably these rooms have the best views.
All rooms are of a similar standard and are well appointed with flat screen TVs (local channels only), king-sized beds and separate bath and shower. Well… we say bath. Actually they are a novel half-barrel style, made of teak, so whilst interesting,cool even, they aren’t the most practical for lounging. Take our word for it.
The interior décor is on the dark side owing to the liberal use of teak but this is mitigated but the full-height French windows which open out onto your private deck and the lake beyond.
The hotel is well stocked as far as facilities are concerned. However, the gym and spa are pretty simple, although more than adequate for a couple of nights.
The restaurant has both an indoor and outdoor dining options and the views out over the lake are stunning. The food is good, with a Burmese and Western selection, while the chef is happy to take special requests, such as your favourite curry. In fact, you’ll find the service standards to be high and the staff generally keen to please.
The Nature Spa, on the lake, is a simple but relaxing affair. We love the sheer bliss of the aromatherapy massage delivered by a masseuse trained in Bangkok.
On your doorstep
Jump into a boat and be at the Nga PheKyaung, the oldest surviving teak monastery on Inle Lake, within 25 minutes.