” Perched on the edge of fast -paced Yangon in the leafy Embassy Quarter , Belmond Governor’s Residence is a romantic , colonial -style teak mansion with a rich histor y dating from the 1920s and one of the most timeless luxury hotels in Yangon ”
This grand resort is a tranquil haven exuding an old-world elegance with a touch of modernity which, with its exotic tropical gardens, fan-cooled verandas and carved teak detail, conjures up the ambience of a bygone era.
This is a tropical haven, a hidden oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Featuring lush greenery and a relaxing poolside, you can enjoy the restfulness and the beauty of nature as you lounge on the sundecks in a verdant garden dotted with lotus ponds.
With their carved teak and sumptuous silks, the rooms in the Belmond Governor’s Residence are spacious and roomy. They have a luxurious and timeless traditional décor with their hardwood floors, woodcarvings and large windows yielding views of the tranquil inner courtyard. Breathing in the fresh air and with the gentle sounds of birds in your ears, you can relax your mind and lose yourself in a place barely touched by time.
The scent of spices fills the air as you savour an unforgettable dinner in the Mandalay Restaurant with a relaxing view of the poolside and tropical greenery. The chefs of Belmond take pride in their fusion mix expertly weaving local produce into traditional Burmese and classical European dishes, cuisine that will tantalise your taste buds and give you something that is new and exciting, bursting with unique flavours.
Lunch on a medley of exotic delicacies at Burmese Table in the spacious lounge overlooking flower-filled gardens where butterflies dance and birds sing, fragrant local curries, tender vegetables and sticky rice served buffet style over authentic charcoal burners.
There is the Kipling bar, Mindon Lounge and Afternoon Tea by the pool, while dusk is the perfect time to enjoy the famous “Mandalay Sour” cocktail, before a dinner served alfresco by candlelight.
The Governor’s Oasis is the most exclusive Spa in Yangon. A world of botanical bliss ready to revitalise you using ancient healing practices applied with modern understanding and using traditional organic ingredients including cedarwood, jasmine and rose essential oils. One of the signature treatments is the Ku Nye, a Tibetan massage that, through cupping, kneading and acupressure with hot herb poultices and stones, balances the five elements to restore a harmonious flow and vitality.
A hidden gem of Yangon offering a quaint sanctuary for travellers to experience the old colonial feel of Burma, a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, a place where one can unwind and be at peace with the world. Article by Jose Jeuland (A travel and documentary photographer based in Singapore)
Photo courtesy of Belmond Governor’s Residence
35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon,Myanmar (Burma)
Tel. +95 1 230 2092