checking in <br> sule shangri-la

Big things are happening in Burma, which is slowly opening itself up to the world and seeing an increase in visitors as a result. While on one hand the lack of tourist infrastructure means there’s an authentic local feel almost everywhere you go, it also means that the hotel industry is playing catch up and there’s currently a shortage of decent places to stay.

Like most travellers we started our Burma trip in Yangon, the old capital, and for the first couple of nights we stayed at the Sule Shangri-La, which opened in the heart of downtown in 2014. As with other Shangri-La properties the hotel has a luxurious traditional Asian feel to it with ornate Burmese vases, wood carvings, and paintings from local artists. While the public areas reference the past, the rooms themselves are more modern with sleek minimal stylings and plush home comforts. Flat-screen televisions, complimentary wi-fi (the best we had in the whole country), 24-hour room service, comfy beds and marble bathrooms with rainforest shower and bath complete the picture.

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There’s a great range of facilities too – sure there’s a gym and yoga lessons if you fancy but the highlight for us was the outdoor heated pool, which was a welcome break from the hectic streets outside. Breakfast was a feast too with a buffet spanning everything from eggs and pastries to dim sum and curries.

For a great location, style, and value for money, the Sule Shangri-La is one the best places to stay in Yangon.