Location: Sanctum Inle Resort can be found standing on the banks of the famous Inle Lake, near Maing Thauk Village – renowned for its stilted wooden houses and floating vegetable gardens.
History: Officially launched in October 2016, this boutique hotel is the latest addition to a growing number of luxury properties in the area, but has already garnered a reputation for excellence since it’s soft-opening in May 2015.
Service: Sanctum Inle Resort provides the very best in round-the-clock luxury service. Complete with 24-hour concierge and room-service, English-speaking staff are ready to cater to guests’ every whim and desire.
Inspired by the serenity of Lake Inle’s waters, Sanctum lnle Resort is designed to promote contemplation through its off-the-beaten-path position, and the architectural flourishes that invoke monastic traditions, such as Spanish-style arches and the minimalistic room designs. The arched windows and graceful cloisters might be modest in their approach, but there is nothing simple about Sanctum Inle Resort. Lofty and bright, the hotel’s rooms come outfitted with the comforts of home, with natural wood floors, plush beds and cable television - all set off by the solid teak wood furniture, handcrafted by local Myanmar artisans. Here, guests are encouraged to rise early for meditation in the gardens and contemplative walks by the lake.
A stairway connects the upstairs king bedroom and tiled bathroom, to the downstairs living room and private terrace - where the windows open to expansive views of the lake and local area. Inside, the wooden furnishings, floors and ceiling fans evoke old-world charm. Located on the first floor of the main building, the suite offers over 1000 square feet of living and sleeping space.
The Cloister Deluxe Room offers 430 to 485 square feet of luxury accommodation in the Cluster. The high interiors are open and bright, and each room features natural wood floors, views of the resort’s verdant garden and their own private terrace.
Lofty ceilings and a private terrace highlight the resort’s most spacious retreat. Two king bedrooms, each with its own tiled bathroom including both a tub and shower, connect to a large, shared living room. Located on the first floor of the main building, the suite’s 1600 square feet take in views of the impressive mountains nearby.
A destination as removed from the wider world as Lake Inle demands a resort where detachment is a priority. This does not mean a shortage of facilities; in fact, Sanctum Inle Resort has some of the very best in the area - with dedicated work spaces, luxurious spa and a truly unique workshop.
The Chapter House is a dedicated workspace, providing internet connections for those who can’t quite escape the lure of work. For guests with time to spare, Chapter House has an ever-growing and well-stocked library, and a choice of board games.
The six treatment rooms of Sanctuary Spa cover two floors, and are decorated in an harmonious and soothing color-way by acclaimed French designer Brigitte Du Mont Chassart. Treatments include a range of beauty and healing techniques, as well as hot stone massages. Guests can even opt for a special cleansing ritual, which can be added before the session begins.
Inle is renowned for a variety of handicrafts, especially silk and lotus weaving. The hotel considers the Workshop to be a repository of the best that Inle has to offer, and gives visitors the opportunity to learn how these indigenous Objet d'art are created before they buy.
The Cloister Bar serves traditional favorites alongside a wide selection of Myanmar-brewed beers. For wine aficionados, there is an extensive range of wines in the cellar, and the bar uncorks two premium vintages from Myanmar. There is also a separate cigar lounge, where smokers can puff on a selection of Cuban and Dominican cigars.
Inle is famous throughout Myanmar for the high quality of its natural produce, and the menu at the Refectory is a celebration of the noodles, soups and fresh garden salads from the region. As well as including a toothsome range of curries and other delicacies from across Myanmar, the restaurant also features a host of Western favourites for those who wish for a taste of the familiar.