Best hotels and hostels in Western Myanmar

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kan Thar Ya Beach

    Arakan Nature Lodge

    Get away from pretty much everything at this unique beach resort built and designed with locals' assistance and with sustainability foremost in mind, along unspoiled Zikhone Beach, 13 miles north of Gwa. There's a variety of sea-breeze-cooled rooms in thatch-roof buildings. Solar power, composting, green water management and meals of fresh-caught seafood and garden-grown vegetables.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ngapali Beach

    Yoma Cherry Lodge

    More intimate than others, Yoma, just north of Lin Tha Village, is an excellent-value boutique place with handsome Burmese-influenced, thatched-roof structures set around a well-tended garden. Rooms are extremely comfortable and big, with vaulted ceilings and spacious balconies, and attractive rattan furniture. It has a beachside restaurant, bar and upstairs library-lounge area. Service is impeccable and friendly. Book well in advance.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ngapali Beach

    Aureum Palace

    How's this for decadent: 42 free-standing bungalow suites with vaulted circular ceilings interspersed through a jungly, isolated-feeling compound, and equipped with handsome wood and stone furnishings and private Jacuzzi. The only thing more ostentatious is the hotel's single 'Executive Room', complete with its own private pool. Dinner under the lights on the beachfront 'boardwalk' is magical.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ngapali Beach

    Amata Resort & Spa

    This complex of two-storey cabanas and rooms (request room 701 or 702 for brilliant beach views), set back from the beach in lush, palm-shaded gardens, is one of Ngapali’s most stylish resorts. It's a combination of modernist architectural elements, boutique features and Southeast Asian luxury pampering. The eponymous spa is highly rated and the staff are pleasant and professional.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ngapali Beach

    Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

    One of our favourites of Ngapali's high-end resorts, and one of the most luxurious hotels anywhere in Myanmar. The 32 huge, sea-view, thatch-roof villas feature stunning high arched ceilings and are decorated with real style in dark wood. Sixteen of the villas have their own plunge pools, while the restaurant and spa are highly rated.

  • Lodging in Ngapali Beach

    Amara Ocean Resort

    Fancy 3 miles of almost entirely undeveloped white-sand beach? If you can afford one of the 26 beautiful and spacious teak villas at this resort north of the airport, then it's all yours. Rooms are steps from the beach, though it's not as good for swimming as it is further south, and all have sea views.

  • Lodging in Mindat

    Aye Sakhan Camp

    Perched on a ridge at 5820ft, 19 miles from Mindat, Aye (meaning cold) is an elongated wooden building lined with rooms with nothing more than mattresses with blankets on the floor. Outhouses with hot-water showers are out back. The manager and chef, Htat Shwe Aung, speaks some English and prepares excellent breakfasts and dinners (K8000). Evenings around a fire under starry skies are magical.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kanpetlet & Mt Victoria

    Mountain Oasis Resort

    Simply furnished and cosy wood bungalows with concrete hot-water bathrooms line a forested ridge. The owner, a botanist and the former chief warden of Nat Ma Taung National Park, can fill you in on conservation issues, if he's around. The food is outstanding and the manager, Aung Ling Thang, is an excellent resource for guiding and trekking trips.

  • Lodging in Tiddim

    Tedim Guesthouse

    More contemporary in style than Tiddim's other offering, this guesthouse has clean and comfortable-enough rooms with private bathrooms and hot water available all day; they could stand a new paint job. There are great views of Kennedy Peak from the balcony. It's opposite the Cope Memorial Baptist Church on the main road through Tiddim; you can't miss the grand-looking purple and tinted-glass exterior.

  • Lodging in Ngapali Beach

    Laguna Lodge

    A rare 'budget' option in Ngapali, but on a prime strip of beach, the laid-back and ramshackle Laguna goes rustic with its simple but spacious rooms with open-shuttered windows and huge balconies. Mosquito nets hang over the big beds and giant circular windows in the bathrooms offer views through the room to the beach. All rooms are fan-only. Recycling and composting are practised seriously.

  • Lodging in Mindat

    Mountain Oasis Hotel 2

    These comfortable green-roofed bungalows double as private viewpoints, with panoramas of cloud-draped, forested mountains just beyond. Slightly less expensive rooms are in a brick building on the property. The small restaurant serves breakfast in high season and lunch and dinner (set menu K6000) with advance notice. Best considered by those with their own transport since it's a long way from town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kalaymyo

    Majesty Hotel

    In faux grand style, not uncommon in Myanmar, the Majesty advertises its pretensions with a set of two-storey portico columns and a shiny lobby furnished with oversized teak chairs. The big, bright, white-tiled rooms with high ceilings, wood floors and bathrooms with tubs are worth the step-up in price from other Kalaymyo hotels. Cool off in the somewhat-neglected pool out back.

  • Lodging in Ngapali Beach

    Sandoway Resort

    Along with palm-shaded walkways leading past well-tended gardens and ponds, the highlight at this Italian-Myanmar joint venture are the free-standing two-storey 'villas' and 'cottages', which feature lofty ceilings and appealing craft details. You get no TV, but there’s a massive communal screening room for movies, comfortably set out with padded armchairs for nightly screenings; the bookish can lounge in the mezzanine library.

  • Lodging in Kanpetlet & Mt Victoria

    Sky Palace Hotel

    This is the closest accommodation to Mt Victoria (and furthest from Kanpetlet). It's also the poshest (and one of the newest), which in these parts means a gate, smartly uniformed staff and flat-screen TVs. Red-roofed wooden cabins on stilts, with private balconies and big bathrooms, line a ridge. More expensive and larger stone-and-concrete ones have no views, so mostly don't justify the price.

  • Lodging in Ngapali Beach

    Bayview Beach Resort

    One of Ngapali's more affordable top-end options, the Bayview occupies a nice strip along the northern part of the main beach. The 45 'bungalows' are actually linked rooms that are very comfortable without being superflash and come with semi-outdoor shower, lots of space, and lounge chairs on the private deck. Guests can rent out windsurfers, kayaks and catamarans (US$5 to US$20 per hour).

  • Lodging in Sittwe

    Hotel Memory

    The Memory's one of the go-to places for visiting NGO and aid workers. Its standard rooms aren't big – something of a Sittwe theme – but they are modern and well-equipped, with bathrooms that are a cut above the local competition. The professional staff can book onward tickets, and the restaurant does OK Rakhine and Chinese-Burmese dishes. Discounts are sometimes available.

  • Lodging in Kalaymyo

    Hotel GBH

    Kalay's newest hotel is the most westerly, so far from the airport, but walking distance to the bus and train stations. Rooms have nice hardwood floors, though some, strangely, have a curtain separating the room from, well, the doorway. Views of the mountains from the top-floor restaurant are outstanding and there's even a bar – though you might find yourself drinking alone.

  • Lodging in Mrauk U

    Mrauk U Princess Resort

    Mrauk U’s most luxurious digs, the Princess offers handsome, large, well-equipped wooden villas, as well as a restaurant and bar. The vast, tub-equipped bathrooms and the attractive gardens and ponds that make up the grounds are very appealing, but you're removed from the centre of town and the sights, and it feels a little overpriced for what you get.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mindat

    Se Naing Family Guest House

    Run by the charming Monica, who speaks reasonable English and understands travellers' needs, this friendly guesthouse towards the eastern end of the village has small basic but clean rooms. The more expensive ones have their own small bathrooms and spectacular views from the roof. A cosy living-room area is decorated with photos and religious icons.

  • Lodging in Ngapali Beach

    Amazing Ngapali Resort

    The spacious and well-equipped rooms and 49 villas all come with balconies and many have sea views. The rather small and hard beds, in some rooms, are a bit of a letdown for a place of this quality, and the pool and lounge area are small and not as nice as others. The resort is close to Ngapali village and the airport.