Myanmar: 85-room Bagan Lodge set for April 15 soft opening.
Located near the eastern shore of the Irrawaddy River, Bagan Lodge features 85 air-conditioned rooms in three classes of accommodation, ranging from 261 square metros for the Courtyard Suite, to 72 square metros for the Deluxe Tented Rooms. The hotel’s design aesthetic “melds classic Burmese brick design with contemporary flourishes and tented roofs”.
The Tiffin Box restaurant serves a range of culinary fare from authentic Burmese to western cuisine. Afternoon tea is served in the Lobby Lounge, and the Pool Bar serves snacks and cocktails. The Lodge also features a spa, a 20-metre pool and travel desk for guests to book local excursions and onward flights.
Kurt Walter, group general manager at the Apple Tree Group, said: “Bagan is the hottest travel destination in Southeast Asia. Myanmar culture is on every traveller’s radar screen, and Bagan is going to emerge as the hottest attraction in the country.”
National Geographic has hailed the vast temple grounds at Bagan as “one of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological heritage sites.”
Walter added: “Seeing the ancient Ananda Temple and the gilded Shwezigon Paya today is what it must have been like to visit Angkor more than 20 years ago. There is something very pristine and unadulterated about exploring temples that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries.”
Apple Tree owns and manages hotels and clubs across Vietnam and Laos, including Villa Maly in Laos and the Press Club in Hanoi.