Off the southern coast of Myanmar lies the Mergui Archipelago, a collection of hundreds of islands boasting untouched coral reefs and beaches that were long inaccessible to tourists. Currently, there remain only a few islands open to the public in this area, and the Awei Pila Resort is one of them. The resort is nestled within virgin forest on Pila Island, which is located 80 kilometers from the shoreline of Kawthaung and is only accessible via private boat. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Andaman Sea from the island's northernmost beach and enjoy a collection of chic, tented villa accommodations. Offering unparalleled privacy and built to allow for a low environmental impact, interiors are flooded with natural sunlight, and the light décor fosters a relaxing environment. Guests shower under the stars in their enclosed, outdoor bathrooms, and they can relax in private terraces that are surrounded by manicured gardens. The social hub of the resort is centered on the reception area, where there is a café and bar, as well as the resort’s flagship restaurant. Headed by a world-class chef, the restaurant strives to satisfy guests by serving up a gastronomical experience of local and regional flavors prepared with the freshest of ingredients – especially in terms of seafood. Of course, the main attraction to the island is the natural environment itself. The resort can organize a variety of snorkeling and scuba diving excursions for guests that reveal the complex, healthy ecosystems below, and a number of hiking and kayaking adventures can also be arranged. Additionally, the island is a paradise for birdwatchers, as a number of exotic species can be spotted here.
Why We Love This Hotel
Privacy: Located on a remote beach that is only accessible by boat, visitors to this high-end barefoot luxury resort can get a sense of what it truly means to “get away.”
Nature: Composed of virtually untouched forests and coral reefs, this region is a mecca for nature lovers. Spot plain-pouched hornbills perched above and dugongs and turtles playing in the sea below.
Eco-Friendly: Solar-powered accommodations are designed to fit in with their surroundings, and minimal waste is allowed on the island, aiming to ensure its continued resplendence. In fact, the majority of waste is composted, and no single-use plastics are allowed on the island.
The resort's “EcoChic” villas are similar to yurts – a type of circular tent – that combine tr
anquil tones and inviting furnishings to instill a sense of calm. Appointed with a selection
of avant-garde décor and overflowing with natural sunlight, the villas that feature either
a canopy queen or a pair of twin beds provide an ideal home base for tropical excursion
s. Rooms are air-conditioned, and there is an enclosed, outdoor bathroom where guests
can shower beneath the stars. There are also private terraces, manicured gardens, and i
ncredible views of the Mergui forest or the Andaman Sea that lies beyond.
Covering 59 square meters, these chic, beachfront view rooms that are perfect for two offer stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Replete with avant-garde sensibilities, the room’s soft white textures and exposed, wooden beams mix with cherry wood floors. Rooms can be appointed with a queen bed or twins, and there is a private terrace surrounded by manicured gardens where guests can relax.
Seaview Row 2
Similar to the Beachfront accommodations in design, these rooms also cover 59 square meters and are appropriate for two guests. The room can be appointed with one queen or a pair of twin beds, and the furnishings are at once stylish and comfortable. The room offers spectacular views of the Mergui forest, and there is also a private terrace and forest garden for guests to unwind in.
The social hub of the island is centered around the main reception area, which is home to
the restaurant, café, and bar, as well as a lavish infinity pool. Guests can lounge around t
he pool or take a dip, all while knowing a cocktail and white sand beach are at their finger
tips nearby. There is also a spa staffed by full-time professionals, offering another avenu
e to relaxation in this slice of paradise.
A stone's throw from the beach, the resort’s infinity pool is a great place to go for a dip or lounge around in one of the recliners, and it is especially beautiful during the sunset.
Set in one of the resort's yurts, the spa is staffed by full-time professionals. It is surrounded by tropical plants, and the sounds of birds singing and waves lapping gently waft into the treatment room.
All dining at the resort takes place around the main reception area where guests can dine
al fresco. The head chef and his team serve up a variety of regional and international flav
ors that are prepared using only the best, freshest ingredients available. Not surprisingly,
the seafood on hand here is second-to-none. There is also a café and bar area near the r
eception area that is perfect for lounging about and enjoying a coffee or cocktails as the
Café & Bar
Situated at the main reception area, the resort's cafe and bar offers a variety of refreshments and plush furnishings.
The resort's main restaurant is a romantic, open-air affair set near the reception area. Gourmet food composed of regional and international flavors is available, and the menu is always changing according to the seasons and desires of guests. All dishes are prepared by an international chef, and the freshest ingredients available are used, especially in terms of seafood. There is also a wide selection of alcoholic beverages on hand.
Why Remote Lands?
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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