AccorHotels has opened the first Sofitel hotel
Located on the shores of Inle Lake in Myanmar’s
Shan State, the Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min overlooks the waters,
mountains and rice fields.
“We are excited and proud to introduce the first Sofitel in
Myanmar with the opening of Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min. As
AccorHotel’s sixth hotel in Myanmar, Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min is
setting a new benchmark, extending the luxury trend across Myanmar
and reflecting the continued expansion of business and tourism in
the region,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.
is accessible by car, but can also be reached via motorboat for
guests who wish to get a chance to see the Intha rowing
experience, where boatmen adopt the well-known traditional
one-legged rowing technique to row their boats on Inle Lake.
Following Inle Lake’s
inscription as a World Heritage site in UNESCO’s World Network of
Biosphere Reserves program in 2015, Sofitel Inle Lake is likely to
be one of the last new hotels built directly by the water.
resort’s architecture and layout is evocative and respectful of
traditional villages around the lake, with local accents native to
the region incorporated into the decorative features of the rooms.
Traditional Burmese patterns are displayed in every room, while
the use of bamboo, rattan and silk allows every guest to stay
connected with nature.
Clustered around verdant gardens and
reflective ponds, the Field Villas are designed in warm hues with
natural woven materials offset by red and orange plaid inspired by
the headscarves of Pa-o women.
Closer to the water, the Marshland
Villas feature canopy beds inspired by the region’s stilt houses,
clothed in green woven fabrics also seen in the local Padaung
Perched at the edge of the lake, the Lake Villas
take inspiration from the blue checks of local men’s longyi (paso).
The hotel’s 101 rooms include 36 Luxury Rooms, 25 Junior
Suites, 12 Prestige Suites, 27 Opera Suites, and 1 Imperial Suite.
Modern technology, such as high-speed internet,
and IPTV provide access to contemporary comfort without
interrupting the natural sense of flow. All rooms feature separate oversized soaking bathtubs and rain
showers to create a serene feeling of wellbeing.
refined taste of place to the shores of Inle Lake are the resort’s
two restaurants and two bars. The all-day dining eatery offers an
extensive selection of international and local flavors with buffet
and a la carte options available for lunch and dinner. The fine
dining Pavilion Restaurant elevates the gastronomic experience,
with fusion and Burmese-inspired dishes. Indoor and outdoor dining
spaces are available, and diners in the latter pair the flavors on
the plate with a backdrop of the tranquil lake.
get-togethers, the Lobby Bar offers a wide choice of international
beverages and wines, while the Pavilion Bar near the lake offers
a perfect spot to relax with a cocktail and drink in the
Resort facilities include two swimming
pools; one of which is an infinity adult pool set directly on the
water to create a feeling of oneness with Inle Lake. The fitness
center and Sofitel spa offer yoga and meditation programs to
complete the holistic wellness experiences at the resort, while
other facilities include a clubhouse, kids club, Mac corner, and
“We are thrilled
to open the first Sofitel in Myanmar on the shores of Inle Lake.
Our guests will be instantly impressed by the Shan local way of
life, and at every turn, they will experience the richness of
their surroundings, from the vibrant hues of an orange sunset to
the pink reflections on the water at dusk and the fragrant scent
of the verdant vegetation,” said David G. Daguise, General Manager
of Sofitel Inle Lake Myan Min. “Natural elements captivate the
senses throughout the resort, from the materials used in the décor
to the local produce served in our restaurants. We look forward to
welcoming guests to embark on a ‘Magnifique’ journey.”
Sofitel Inle Lake Myat
Min is located 47 km from Heho Airport, and 600 km from Yangon,
which is a 1-hour flight away. From the airport, guests can arrive
at the resort via the resort’s land or lake transfer service.
AccorHotels now has six hotels in Myanmar, including
MGallery The Lake Garden Nay Pyi Taw, Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min,
Novotel Yangon Max, Ibis Styles Yangon Stadium, Mercure Yangon
Kabar Aye and Sofitel Inle Lake Myat Min.