In the centre of Kalaw located to the West of Inle Lake, lies this charming colonial residence, originally built in 1909 and restored in 2002. The property is a cluster of timber-frame buildings set within pretty cottage gardens and surrounded by pine forests, with views over Kalaw and the Shan Mountains. At first glance, it feels more like a tiny Northern European Village in the woods than a hotel in a Burmese hill town.
There are ten good-sized rooms with comfy four-poster beds and open fireplaces.
The restaurant serves traditional Myanmar and European food, using organic vegetable and fruits from the garden. With exemplary service, excellent food and comfortable surroundings, Amara Mountain Resort offers the perfect place to relax.
Top-class facilities include a pool, sauna and spa and there is a golf course nearby. The area is renowned for walking and trekking, whether to Inle Lake or into the Shan mountains where you can visit ethnic hill tribe villages. The guided walk into nearby Kalaw National Park is interesting, and a visit to caves filled with Buddha images makes a fascinating trip. The morning market in Kalaw is worth a look, and stopping off in one of the many teashops is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Kalaw into a greater Myanmar or Asian holiday. Take a look at The Best of Burmese Culture as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Amara Mountain Resort Information
- Location & Getting There
Amara Mountain Hotel lies in the centre of Kalaw, located to the West of the stunning Inle Lake. It is a 45-minute drive from Heho Airport, where there are daily flights from Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.
The 10 rooms in the timber-frame buildings are set within pretty cottage gardens and surrounded by pine forests. Each room features a luxurious living space containing a comfy four-poster bed and an open fireplace, with magnificent views over the Kalaw and Shan mountains.
- Swimming pool
- Spa & Sauna
- Organic garden
- Dining: 1 restaurant
The area is renowned for walking and trekking, whether to Inle Lake or into the Shan mountains where guests can visit ethnic hill tribe villages. Lightfoot Travel can organise guided walks into Kalaw National Park and visits to caves filled with Buddha images. The morning market in Kalaw is worth a detour, and stopping off in one of the many teashops is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon as well. Other activities include mountain biking and bird watching. Golf enthusiasts can also get in some link time with the nearby 9 hole course.
Children are welcome and there are babysitting services available.